The first private numismatic museum in Bulgaria will be opened by the end of next year in Ruse.
The first private numismatic museum in Bulgaria will be opened by the end of next year in Ruse. This is what Businessman Plamen Bobokov announced in the Danube town.
The museum will be housed in the former Musical High School, built in 1901, which is emblematic for Ruse. The abandoned and half-destroyed building was sold to the Bobokovs 10 years ago. Construction work on its restoration began a few days ago. Two million leva have been provided for the repair.
He also said that the building of the former Music High School will be restored by July 1, 2018. Then it is going to be furnished and equipped, which will require another 2 million leva. Bobokov said he hopes the museum will open at the end of next year.
He recalled that in 2008 the Bobokov Brothers Foundation founded the Numismatic Museum Ruse after a permission from the Ministry of Culture was granted. Although the museum has not had a building to house its collection so far, it has organized 38 exhibitions in 30 Bulgarian cities, as well as in three cities abroad. Its exhibitions were visited by about 600,000 people - according to the statistics of the host museums .The annual budget of the Numismatic Museum is about 300 000 leva.
The director of the Numismatic Museum Ruse, Prof. Dimitar Draganov, explained that the museum will have the largest building from all the other numismatic museums in Europe.
"Some of the collections we own are the richest and most complete in the world," said the professort. One of them is a collection of coins of the Roman colony Deultum, while another interesting exhibition is "The Coins of the Scythian Kings".
Draganov explained that modern electronic display cases for coins were constructed. The exhibition will be housed on the second and third floors of the museum. It will be shown in an innovative way, accessible to a wide audience. On the first floor there will be a "museum of learning" and an attraction for students. A special part will be designated as guest exhibitions. There will also be a museum shop, a library, a café and a restaurant. The chamber hall, which had been with the best acoustics in Northern Bulgaria years ago, will be restored - as close as possible to the original. It will host various cultural events such as concerts and book presentations.
"We have the ambition to turn the museum into a cultural center, a numismatic center, a museum of national importance," explained Nadejda Rozeva - Director of the Bobokov Bros. Foundation.