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Museum of the woodcarving art in Tryavna

May 9, 2023

Did you know that in Tryavna there is the only museum of its kind in our country, which is dedicated to the art of woodcarving?

Даскаловата къща

The Museum of the Woodcarving Art is located in Tryavna for a reason. Here is where the oldest art school in Bulgaria – the Tryavna School was established. It originated between the 17th and 18th centuries and developed in three directions – icon painting, wood carving and construction. These are the three main crafts practiced by the local masters. The three main types of carving are presented in the museum – the simplest, the so-called shepherd’s carving, the carving for home decoration and the most beautiful, but also the most difficult to make, church carving.

Трявна дърворезба

The typical Tryavna house was decorated almost everywhere in terms of interior – on furniture, ceilings, doors, columns, iconostases. Traditionally, the home iconostasis was present in every house. The museum preserves some of the best examples of iconostases made by Tryavna craftsmen. The museum also houses a wood carving workshop, which shows the way woodcarving is made, as well as the tools of the master.

The Museum of Woodcarving Art is housed in the Daskalova House. The Daskalova House was built in 1804 – 1808. Even today it is argued whose carved sun shines more beautifully: the May sun carved by the old master Dimitar Oshanetsa or the hot July sun of the calf Ivan Buchukovetsa.

Даскаловата къща
In addition to all other activities, the Specialized Museum organizes:

  • carving training
  • civil marriages in an authentic setting
  • evening visits to the museum sites
  • retro-photo studio


Opening hours:

November – March:

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

April – October:

9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

No days off throughout the year.


Admission fees for adults.

Guided tour in Bulgarian: 5 BGN.

Guided tour in a foreign language – BGN 10.

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Book by phone:

+359 677 62 285

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