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Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR

Gabrovo 5309, Bulgaria
+359 66 810 560
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impression from a past time

You get an impression from a past time. Lovely restored houses and traditional crafts in natural... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2017
Steve B
Takes you back in time

A wonderful open-air museum with traditional workshops, exhibitions of traditional houses... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2017
Gabrovo, Bulgaria
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Gabrovo 5309, Bulgaria
+359 66 810 560
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Reviewed 20 May 2017

You get an impression from a past time. Lovely restored houses and traditional crafts in natural atmosphere. Show inside, you could find a lot of authentic souvenirs and some tasty meals.

Thank Steve B
Reviewed 22 January 2017

A wonderful open-air museum with traditional workshops, exhibitions of traditional houses, traditional café and restaurants (mehana in Bulgarian). It houses plethora of events such as the International Crafts' Fair and a number of traditional Bulgarian singing and dancing festivals and celebrations of traditional holidays. You...More

Thank PetyaIlieva
Reviewed 29 December 2016

a rainy day has its advantages,no crowd easy parking but some shops and exhibits were closed. We really enjoyed our leisurely walk. This open air museum is an imagination of life in the 18th and early 19th centuries. We enjoyed lunch at the local pub...More

Thank Dan K
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Interesting place to visit, it's pretty much an open air museum. There are copies of water powered industrial tool which were used in Bulgaria. Also some craftman's shops where they work behind a window and the process is visible first hand. Fur and Leather works,...More

Thank Yevgen1y
Reviewed 13 November 2016

Entering the village one has no idea how large it is and how the artisan working in each field has been selected for their gifts compared to other applicants. As a member of a Craft Guild myself I can appreciate that over the generations this...More

Thank Pam_B397
Reviewed 14 October 2016

We arrived at Etara around 4 pm. they charged us for parking, then entrance fee, promising us that the place is open till 7pm apart from the museum, that closes at 6. Yet from the minute we entered the complex, we noticed shopkeepers and other...More

Thank Yarden2003
Reviewed 9 October 2016

The open air exhibit brings you back a couple of 100 years when everything was pretty much all done by hand. The quality of the craftsman ship is quite amazing. From silversmith to saddlery to pottery there is something interesting for everybody.

1  Thank radar60
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Visited today (a week-day in September) Although only about 1/2 of the living-history exhibits were open it was very interesting and beautiful and well worth the visit (we were there for about 1 hour and 15 minutes) Also, contrary to my expectations, the prices for...More

1  Thank Melissa G
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Probably, because there was international fair, it was really overcrowded. My previous visit there was 12 years ago and if I have to compare it with yesterday, now is to much commercialized. The staff is rude. Otherwise is interesting place giving impression about the manners...More

1  Thank Kiril B
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

ETAR is a really cozy and lovely place. You can deep dive in local arts and traditions. You can see local craftsmen's masterpieces and eat burgarian banitsa cheese pie. You will love it, the river, the nature, be considerate and respect.

Thank Neli S
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Melissa G
20 September 2016|
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Response from Sue H | Reviewed this property |
It depends on whether you stop and read the information on the buildings and talk to the people there. However an hour or two at Etara should be enough. It's out of Gabrovo. I got a lift there and back.