Preserving folk and craft traditions

Etar is a Regional Ethnographic Open Air Museum in Gabrovo, Bulgaria that preserves and represents the architecture and traditions from the Central Balkan Range during the late 18th and 19th centuries. Along with its museum activities, such as scholarly research and academic forums, the team of Etar Museum organises events and festivals, as well as developing and carrying out educational programmes for children and adults; offering master classes in the artisan workshops. Etar Museum hosts the International Fair of Traditional Crafts and plays a key role in the city of Gabrovo, a member of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network in Crafts and Folk Art since 2017.

In 2017, Etar Museum joined the partnership network of Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship. This is an international not-for-profit organization committed to encouraging and popularizing creativity and the mastery in making various articles. Etar Museum is the only Bulgarian organization in this network but is also the only museum in it, for the time being.