Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Museum of Ethnography, BAS
Author: Л. Иванова, 272 metres From Sofia. , Адрес: Sofia, ул. Московска 6А
Behind the abbreviation osembukvenata IEFEM-BAS stand united two scientific divisions of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, are the Ethnographic Institute (a museum) and the Institute of Folklore. The new union was created in 2010 with the common name Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Museum of Ethnography, BAS. Essentially, it constitutes the main part of our Center for Ethnology, Folklore and kulturnoantropolozhki research. Housed in a beautiful building Knyazhevska former palace in the city center, along with the National Art Gallery.
Institute of Folklore is a relatively new academic structure created at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in 1973, founded by the academician Petar Dinekov which is its first director. Until 1973, folklore specialists working under the wing of the Ethnographic Institute with Museum at BAS.
Ethnographic Institute has much history associated with the name of Marin Drinov, founder of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. In 1892 he was able to realize the idea of creating a National Museum and in it there are three divisions: ethnographic, numismatic and starovekoven. Only 14 years after the establishment of the National Museum in 1906 due to significant increase in the ethnographic collections of his department, the idea of Professor Ivan Shishmanov (Minister of Education at that time) in Sofia has created the first ethnographic museum in the country - National Ethnographic Museum. The work involves a specialist - art historians, ethnographers, artists, historians and folklorists, all united by the idea to preserve and showcase the wealth of cultural and ethnographic heritage of our nation. During World War II, the museum successfully organized exhibitions of their exposures in Geneva, London, Paris, Rome, Helsinki and even New York. After 1947, BAS was created Narodouka Institute, which two years later merged with the National Ethnographic Museum and so was founded the Ethnographic Institute and Museum of the Academy of Sciences.
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