Historical Museum information
Larger and much better presented than many of Bulgaria's regional museums, this multifloor exhibition space preens from a steep hill behind Smolyan's civic centre. The ground floor displays Palaeolithic artefacts and Thracian weaponry, with a Thracian helmet and doe-headed bronze lamp among its stand-out artefacts. The upper floors feature whimsically arranged folk costumes, Rodopi weaving and woodcarving, and fantastically hairy kukeri outfits (worn at New Year celebrations). No photography allowed.