The Union Museum - The museum exposition " Union of Bulgaria, 1885" is placed in the close proximity of the Union Square. It is situated in the building that served the Regional meeting of Eastern Rumelia (an autonomous province of the Ottoman Empire). The building housed the National Library of Plovdiv after the Union of Easren Rumelia with the Bulgarian Principality in 1885. The exposition was created in 1985, in honour of the centenary from the Union. The monument, located on the eponymous square opposite the museum building, was built in the same year. The exposition presents the interesting period of Plovdiv`s history when it was a capital city of Southern Rumelia.
This remarkable Revival home was built in 1863, entirely in the style of the European classicism. Yet, some foreign explorers have a good reasons to compare the building to an Italian Palazzo from the Renaissance. Its owner was the famous merchant and Revival social figure, Nikola Nedkovich. The forefront of the house is richly decorated with a solemn four-column portico with round arches. The most remarkable places in the inner part of the house are the symmetrically located rooms with ceilings ornamented in geometrical style and richly painted walls. The rooms are richly decorated and they have a strict specific purpose. "The Green Room" is the woman`s, "The Red Room" is the drawing room, "The Purple Room" is the dining room and "The Orange Room" is the sitting room. The rooms situated to the yard are drawn with landscapes and views of different European cities. Today, Nedkovich`s House is furnished in an exposition "Antique Urban Type", which represents the interior arrangement of the rich Plovdiv homes from XIX-th century. Furniture and personal belongings of Nedkovich family are exposed there.
The house is emblematic for Plovdiv`s cultural life. It is a host of many theatrical shows, concerts, exhibitions, literary premieres, and meetings with some of the most expressed Bulgarian writers. Its unique atmosphere is a symbol of love and attentive attitude to the values of art and their creators. This fabulous building was constructed at the beginning of 19th century. It is located on the corner between Chetvarti Yanuari Street, Doktor Stoilov Street and Antranik Street. The big gate on the street side and its opposite door on the yard side lead into an oblong corridor with a high ceiling. Round it there were some farm and household premises. An inner ladder leads to the upper floor, which takes a person away into a large glazed parlour. Its middle part is the most impressive, with a richly decorated wood-carved ceiling. Round the parlour there are four rooms having unique atmosphere. They are upholstered with restored antique furniture, fabrics and other things demonstrating the taste and means of the rich Plovdiv citizens.
The historic museum of Plovdiv is presented with four big departments founded in different years and unified in 1993. They trace back the historical past of Plovdiv and Plovdiv Region from the early Ottoman period (15th to 17th century) up to the present. “The Bulgarian Lands from 15th to 19th Century and the Bulgarian National Revival Epoch” exposition was created in 1954. It can be seen in the house of the rich Plovdiv merchant, Dimitar Georgiadi. The house was built by the Rhodope master, hadji Georgi Hadjiyski, in 1848. Owner of the house was the rich Plovdiv merchant-tailor, Georgi Kendindenoglu, who demised it as a marriage portion to his daughter, Helena, for her marriage with Dimitar Georgiadi. The exposition represents the early Ottoman period (15th - 17th century) and the resistance of the local population against the alien rule. Special attention is paid to the epoch of the National Revival. In separate halls one can see documents, personal belongings and valuables which are related to the important people of the city. The development of the national liberation movement led by Rakovski, Levski and Botev is traced back very closely. The second floor parlour and rooms impress with original wood-carving works and rich ornamental murals.
Hindliyan`s House - It was built by an unknown master (1835 - 1840)to the taste of the rich merchant and landowner, Stepan Hindliyan. The relationship between this house and its neighbour Balabanov`s house is impressive. It gives an ensemble kinship of the two buildings. The Hindliyan`s House yard joins together some farm buildings, a bathroom and a basement. The forefront of the yard is very impressive, with its central portico entering inwards. The ground floor is organized round a rectangular hall which is open to three large rooms, a small bay-window on the street`s side, an entrance to the bathroom, and a staircase to the second floor. This is one of the most richly decorated Plovdiv houses. The masters-decorators from Chirpan, Moko and Mavrudi, worked more than 6 months on the painting of all walls, inside and outside, with wall piers, garlands of plant and geometrical ornaments, vignettes, types of still-life and landscape compositions. The ceilings are painted with taste after the pattern of the Orient. The walls are painted with naïve landscapes from
. Danov`s House - The house is built on a raising rock and its view on Saborna Street side is splendid. It is located in a beautiful yard which resembles a heavenly terrace. Hristo Gruev Danov, the founder of the organized Bulgarian book-publishing has lived here and the house bears his name. Inside it is richly decorated with murals made of medallions and plant ornaments, along with landscapes and portraits of ancient Greek philosophers. An original brick stove is preserved. Nowadays the house accommodates the exposition of the Historic Museum Department “The Book-Publishing in Plovdiv City and Plovdiv Region During the Revival".
Kuyumdzhioglu`s House ,an Ethnological museum - It is one of the most remarkable Revival houses which is preserved in our lands it is the home of the Plovdiv merchant, Argir Kuyumdzhioglu. It was built in 1847. It reflects the taste of the rich Plovdiver. Thr building`s living area is 570 square meters and it consists of a main housing part and a farm extension on its southern side. There are a marble fountain and a well in the beautifully planted and grassed yard. The entrance is formed with a portico projecting in front, which is caused by the emphasized going out of the second floor parlour in the area. This baroque technique is wonderfully combined with the exquisite curve of the three pediments and the forefront painted with decorations. The first floor hall is of enormous size – 18.5/11 m. The spacious rooms and drawn walls are decorated with wooden ceiling of geometrical shapes, fabulous wood-carved “suns” and elegantly curved “French-fashions”. “The Chamber Music International Festival” is conducted every year in the house`s yard. At present, The Ethnographical Museum is located in the Kuyumdzhioglu`s House.The exposition shows the rich material and spiritual culture of the Plovdiv region, which historically covered the territory between Stara Planina (Old Mountain) and the Middle Rhodope and from the upper stream of Maritsa river to the Chirpan uplands. The development of the agriculture, crafts and trade is traced back.The exposition also presents the great variety of the folklore culture – clothes, fabrics, embroideries, music and dances of the main ethnographic groups in the area – Thracians andthe people from Rupite (a small mountainous protected area in the southeastern part of Blagoevgrad Province, Bulgaria). The museum treasures over 40 000 movable monuments of culture.
Archaeological Museum – The archaeological treasure of ancient Thrace is kept here. During its existence the museum strengthens its position as a second in size and significance museum with a fund of over 80 000 museum units. There are exponents of national and world importance, such as a rich collection of Neolithic ceramics and religious plastic arts, the ritual fireplace of Nebettepe (Nebet Hill), richly decorated Thracian armour, etc. There is the impressive golden treasure of Panagyurishte from IV-th century B.C., which consists of nine uniquely decorated golden utensils with common weight of 6,164 kg. One can see the spectacular marble frieze with images of deities, embossed decorations from the Antique Stadium and from other remarkable buildings of Philippopolis.