Rousse Regional Museum of History
"All that I experienced afterwards had already been in Roustchouk". Elias Canetti



History of Bulgaria 15th-19th century::

Modern and Contemporary History::


“Ethnography” Department

The “Ethnography” Department is established in 1970. The activities of the department include searching, collecting and keeping materials that present the traditional rural and urban culture in the period between the middle of the 19th to the middle of the 20th centuries, as well as to document the traditional rural and urban spiritual culture. At the moment the department keeps over 6500 inventory units. These are objects of the rural and urban life, used within the territory of the Rousse ethnographic region in the abovementioned period. Some of the most significant collections are:

The scientific fund of the “Ethnography” Department contains rich information for the traditional culture of over 80 villages within the Rousse ethnographic region. The annual field research, conducted by the Rousse Regional Museum of History independently or with the participation of other cultural institutions, presents an opportunity for observation and scientific analysis of the condition and development of the traditional culture. The scientific fund of the department keeps records of the separate villages, which contain information for traditional calendar and family holidays, popular faith, popular medicine, singing and instrumental folklore, folklore poetry and prose.
Two curators are working at the department at the moment: Desislava Tiholova and Iskra Todorova.