Enjoy a day in the Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR. Do you want to feel the whiff of the past, see the miraculous power of the water - flowing in a chute, view the Renaissance architecture, observe ancient national customs, then visit the Ethnographical Open Air museum "Etar."
The Ethnographic museum Etar is the first open air museum of this kind opened in Bulgaria. Established on 7 September 1964, the museum is situated 8 km South of the town of Gabrovo. The preliminary design and methodology were done by the Gabrovian Lazar Donkov (1908 - 1976) who was also the first director of the museum.
The museum territory covers an area of 17 acres and is comprised of 50 sites - water technical equipment, houses with craftsman's workshops, places with social importance. The aim of the museum display is showing the architecture, the life style and the economic past of Gabrovo region during the Revival period - in the second half of 18 and the 19 centuries.