The Museum in Momchilovtsi is in the Centre of the Village
opposite the Tourist Information Centre. It houses many interesting
pictures, paintings, artifacts and items of cultural interest.
times are 9am to 5pm 7 days a week.
The entrance fee is 1 lev per person.
The Historical Museum of Momchilovtsi was opened in
1964 with the help of the whole village. Its creation was initiated
by the intelligence around the Cultural Centre, the so called Chitalishte.
It is a non-governmental organization, typical for every Bulgarian settlement.
The museum was created with a lot of enthusiasm, mainly
with exhibits, donated by the village inhabitants. Several years after
that professor portraitist Mihail Karapaunov, who was born in Momchilovtsi,
gave the idea an art gallery to be created towards the museum. Due to
his influence and authority a lot of classic Bulgarian painters donated
their pictures to our small gallery.
Some of Mihail Karapaunov’s marvelous portraits
are owned by the museum. The other pictures were bought or were received
from the plain air-paintings, organised by the Cultural Centre. Today
we are happy to own really valuable works of classic and modern Bulgarian
The Museum is set out in 5 separate halls as follows:
entering the Museum you are greeted by a large tree trunk bedecked with
the traditional bells.They are the symbols of the shepherd's trade which
had been the main occupation in the Rhodopes from the Ancient times
to the beginning of the XXth c..
2 - includes archeological materials from the Ancient Times
and the Middle Ages and historical artifacts from the Bulgarian Renaissance.
Hall 3 and Hall 4 - represents the
Renaissance way of life and crafts in the village – the shepherd’s
trade, the building-trade, the manufacturing of homespun and omespun
tailoring, the professional fishery, the blacksmithery and the cooper’s
Hall 1 and Hall 5 - shows the most
valuable works owned by the museum of classic Bulgarian painting.
The pride of the collection is the so called "Baraks"
- three great masters connected with the Rhodope region:
Barakov (1902-1991) is represented by one early creation and
two marvelous landscapes of Smolyan in the thirties (see image on right)
David Perez (1906-1982) whose works include the painting
of a local forest keeper and another painted at the start of his career,
Zlatiu Boyadjev (1903-1976) donated a picture painted
by him during the latter part of his career.
The collection of landscapes also includes many other
prominent artists which hang alongside and complement those paintings
done by later generations.