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

Address: 39 “Ferdinand” Blvd.
Contacts: phone: + 359 82 820 997

Working time: 9.00 - 12.00, 12.30 - 17.30 h
No days off

The building, which houses the exhibitions of the Museum of Urban Lifestyle, was built in the 60’s of the 19th century. It has housed the Consulate of Prussia. After the Liberation (1878) the house became a property of the rich trader from Rousse Stefan Kamburov – a notable citizen, a participant of the committee for the approval of the Bulgarian Exarchate in Constantinople (1870). In response to his invitation, in 1886 from Bucharest to Rousse arrived the Austrian paintor Charles Schausberg, who painted the walls and ceilings of the second floor, as it was fashionable at the time. The frescoes and the signature of Schausberg are preserved.


The exhibition in the Museum of Urban Lifestyle is from a later period in comparison to the style of the house. The exhibition stresses on the signs of Modernity in the everyday and holiday life of the citizens of Rousse from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. The Museum of Urban Lifestyle is opened for visitors in 1987. It is the first ethnographic museum in our country that presents urban (bourgeois) culture.

Temporary exhibitions on the first floor present different collections from the fund of the museum, illustrating the developed trade and cultural relations with Europe, as well as the quickly-consumed by the citizens of Rousse new cultural models for holiday and everyday life. The topic of “Food and nutrition in Modernity” was presented in 2007. It illustrated the changes that emerged in the urban cuisine and which had symbolic meaning in the process of establishment of typically urban social-cultural models of behaviors. The new “machines” in the kitchen – stoves and refrigerators, ice cream machines, meat-chopping machines, mixers, changed the manners of production and preservation of food, and the expensive dinner sets of porcelain, glass and silver are a mark for a new public status and prestige. The typical for the town places for public catering also appeared – a consequence of the need for a nice leisure time that emerged within the conditions of the urban development.

The second floor of the house presents an example interior of a rich urban home with the typical premises – a parlour, a musical room for home concerts, a room for the housewife and a bedroom. The furniture has been imported from Austria and Germany, and the decoration of a number of porcelain, glass, silver and nacre objects “narrates” not only for the developed trade relations of the town with Europe, but also for the financial capabilities of the rich families of Rousse.

The Museum of Urban Lifestyle is also known as the Kaliopa House. The urban myths are saying that the beautiful Kaliopa has been a mistress of Midhat Pasha.