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Archaeological Museum (Founded 1936), Sandanski

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Sandanski Archaeological Museum was established in 1936. The museum is specialized in thematic scope and municipal in terms of territorial scope of activity and includes: Sandanski Archaeological Museum and a branch: Museum of the History of the Town of Melnik.
Today, the museum has 400m² of exhibition space, spread over two floors in three exhibition halls. On the second floor there are two halls presenting exhibits from prehistory and antiquity. The first floor is located above the foundations of an early Christian basilica from the 5th century – the basilica of Bishop John.

The museum houses a unique collection of Roman funerary marble sculptures (1st-3rd centuries) – the largest in Bulgaria and unique only to this region. It was collected for 80 years from all the settlements of the municipality. Real masterpieces of ancient art are the plates of Julius Maximus, of Asclepius, the donation plate of Flaviana Philokratia, etc. The collection is complemented by various dedicatory votive tablets – of Artemis, Aphrodite, Zeus, Tyche, the local deity Theos Selenos, etc. and replica statues of famous copies of Aphrodite and Tyche – pride of place for any museum. It has a collection of mosaics from the early Christian period (IV-VI centuries).

Original elements in the exhibition are a hologram of Spartacus and augmented reality representing the churches and mosaics in the ancient city below Sandanski, located in key locations.
The museum also has a room for working with children, as well as a multimedia hall with a capacity of 25 seats.

Work time:

Opening hours:
Every day: 09.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 18.00

Entrance fees:
Students and pensioners – BGN 1.
Adults – BGN 3. Adults /group of more than 10 people/ – BGN 2.
Family ticket – BGN 5.

Address: St. Macedonia 55
Tel: 0892 253 176, 074632380;

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