The Municipal Historical Museum - Knezha officially functioned as a museum collection on February 11, 1971, when the first museum exposition was opened at the Kolyovska House. This happens under the direction of Stefan Petrov, who in 1968 began publishing a series of historical articles about the past prize, and in 1969 started a specific collection activity for the design of a museum collection.
In the following years, the historical wealth stored in the museum increased. In 1985 the municipality bought the building and began its restoration. In its new look, the museum collection was opened on May 23, 1989. On February 27, the Municipal Council - Knezha decided that the museum collection would be designated as the Municipal Historical Museum. This decision was confirmed by the Ministry of Culture by letter of 16 August 2007.
The museum has over 100 archive funds, including:
Old Bulgarian and Turkish documents and newspapers;
Materials for prominent personalities from the Knezha and the genealogy of many families;
Information about enterprises, institutions, organizations, etc .;
Materials for schools, education, culture;
Information about the participants in the wars of 1885, 1912-1913, 1915, 1941;
Original photos, negatives, reproductions
The museum's archive contains important materials for:
Asparuhov wall- one of the three border and fortification facilities in northwestern Bulgaria;
The King's Bosnian Family Knezevic, who lived in XIV century on the territory of Knezha.
The exhibition is located in two main halls - art gallery, archeology and ethnography. The ethnographic exhibition presents the material and spiritual culture of the population of our region, which includes:
The traditional home of the Bulgarians;
Household items, ceramic vessels, traditional tools, hooks, spindles, looms, spinners, traditional hearths etc .;
The main livelihoods - objects used in agriculture, livestock, viticulture; Sewing and knitting machine, etc .;
Folk clothing and jewelry - traditional folk costumes, belt, bracelets, earrings, rings, etc .;
Revival weapons - rifles, revolvers, sabers, daggers and knives;
In the art gallery are presented icons, paintings and works of art of artists from Knezha: Lyuben Dimanov, Assen Kraishnikov, Petko Shilishki, Marin Georgiev, Venus Simeonova, Lyuben Naskov, Mimi Vekova, Stoyan Kiosovski, Valentina Rasheva, Lydia Schindler, Dimcho Dimchovski , Mancho Milev, Teodor Radkov and others.
The archaeological artifacts excavated and stored in the Historical Museum, found on the territory of Knezha Municipality, are a valuable and rich source of life for the people who inhabited these lands for millennia before us. Historical and archaeological studies indicate that several ancient settlements dating back to different ages have been discovered on the territory of today's municipality.
Archaeological exposure includes:
Pottery from the XXth to the 6th century BC;
Items of stone, horn, bone and iron from V-I c. BC;
Thracian and Celtic roses from V-I c. BC;
Iron sword, a shield, an iron knife handle, etc., found in Koshoutanya;
Parts of a bridle, knives, wrist clamps, needles, amulets, arrowhead, ornaments from the Roman epoch from the 1st to the 3rd century AD;
Mirrors, bells, hammer, arrowheads, keys from III - IV c. AD;
Clay vessels and lamps, counters for weighing scales, cantaros, abacus, applications and more. From the late Antiquity and early Middle Ages - III - VII c.
Clay pots, stone column, pieces of slabs, jar, tiles, plumbing tubes, chrome, waterstone stones, gravestones - IV-VI c. AD;
Reeds, parts of reins, axes, amulets, arrowheads, blades for folding knives, ladies' ornaments and others. From the Middle Ages.
Translation Yordan Georgiev - trainee