The Archaeological Museum of Varna was established in 1887 by the brothers Karel and Herman Shkorpil (archaeologists and scientists of Czech and Bulgarian origin, founders of the Bulgarian archaeology and museum activity). The most significant exhibits in the museum are from the Varna Eneolith necropolis founded during accidental construction works in the west industrial zone of Varna in 1972. The golden objects alone, found in the examined tombs, are more than 3 000.
The museum halls present also a collection of Bulgarian icons from XIV – XIX centuries, the second largest in the country. One of the attractions for young visitors and students was renovated in 2013 – educational museum, with reconstructions of prehistoric and medieval dwellings and technologies that can be studied on site.
During the summer months the yard of the Archaeological Museum is a preferred open space for cultural events – concerts, performances, film screenings. The variety of archeological artifacts and good acoustics create a unique atmosphere. Concerts in the program of Varna Summer International Music Festival has been traditionally organized on this open stage over the years.