Why are Gabrovians the butt of their own jokes?
How does one set one's watch right by Gabrovo "Mean" Time?
Where in Gabrovo can two have coffee served in one two-handled cup?
How distorted is your image in the funny mirror?
Is it true that after the Fall Adam and Eve settled down in Gabrovo?
Where can one get cups for uninvited guests?
TO FIND THE RIGHT ANSWERS, VISIT THE HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE IN PERSON!
- humorous art from the world over on the backdrop of relaxing piped-in music -
cartoons, paintings, photographs, sculpture, etc.;
- carnival masks, costumes and accessories;
- authentic African masks and ritual plastic art;
- The Garden of Eden through the eyes of Adam and Eve from Gabrovo ;
- Satirical murals from twenty Bulgarian monasteries;
- Monumental statues made of scrap - Hitar Petar, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, Charlie Chaplin and the Tower of Babel;
THE BEST MUSEUM for 2010 in the Central Stara planina region
The recognition is granted by Stara Planina Regional Tourist Association that has awarded its annual prizes to the best tourist sites in the region for the ninth time so far.
The House of Humour and Satire received its first Best Museum in the Central Stara planina region prize in 2002. The presentation of the same prize to the institution for 2010 comes to confirm the acknowledgement of the varied art shows; the continued renewal of the permanent exhibitions; the successful work with diverse stripes of the public; the high quality of tourst services offered and the access to and around the museum for disabled people.
The Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE is one of the 100 national tourist sites of Bulgaria
On page 16 of the latest edition of the booklet 100 Tourist Sites of Bulgaria keen tourists can "stamp" their visit to 4 tourist sites emblematic of the region of Gabrovo. Among them is the one and only in Bulgaria world humour art museum - the House of Humour and Satire - which ranks among the most touristy sites in the country.
Gabrovo - the geographical centre of Bulgaria that lies 220 km east of the capital Sofia, 150 km northeast of Plovdiv (the second biggest city in Bulgaria), 274 km west of Varna (the biggest Bulgarian port on the Black Sea) and 153 km south of Ruse (the biggest Bulgarian port on the Danube).
Unless you are on a package tour or travel by your own vehicle, you can reach Gabrovo by bus or train. Gabrovo Bus Station is only a few-minute walk to the Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE.
The House of Humour and Satire is the right starting point for every tourist curious to explore for himself the wealth of the historical, cultural and natural heritage on the territory of the smallest district in Bulgaria. To be found here are: ETAR Architectural-Ethnographic Complex; BOZHENTSI Reserve of Architecture and History; National Museum of Education; two national nature parks; monasteries, churches, eco-paths and smaller towns that have preserved the atmosphere of the Bulgarian National Revival. Should night overtake the tourist on the road, TRIVAGO.BG is where he can find Balkan Mountains hospitality and cosiness.
HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE - GABROVO
Summertime (Apr. 1 - Oct. 31)
Open: 9.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m.
Wintertime (Nov.1 - Mar. 31)
Open: 9.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m.
LAST ENTRY FOR VISITORS - 5.30 p.m.
N.B. The Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE will be OPEN to visitors on the official public holidays Easter (April 29 and 30, May 1 and 2, 2016) and St. George's Day (May 6, 2016).
DOORS OPEN DAYS
April 1 - Birthday of the House of Humour and Satire and GABROVO Planet
November 11 - Opening of the carnival season
3. SCHOOLCHILDREN $ STUDENTS
4. KINDERGARDEN CHILDREN
5. FAMILY TICKET (with children up to 18)
6. DISABLED PEOPLE
7. CHILDREN FROM SOCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS
8. HONORABLE CITIZENS OF GABROVO (companion including)
Upon concluding a visit agreement with a tour operator for groups of over 10 tourists:
SCHOOLCHILDREN AND PENSIONERS
(in English, German, French or Russian)
TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS (with photographic and video camera)
TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS in the Roots of Gabrovo Humour,
Gabrovo Planet and Long Live the Carnival exhibition rooms
GIRAFFES' ROOM RENTAL
- without technical facilities
- with technical facilities
- Events held by political parties and organizations
MULTI-CHANNEL RECORDING AT THE
The admission charges were adopted by Resolution No 52 of the Gabrovo City Council as of March 26th, 2015.
THE MUSEUM IS ACCESSIBLE TO DISABLED PEOPLE.
THE MUSEUM OFFERS THREE WiFi POINTS
Individual and group tourists can use the free-of-charge parking lot opposite the building of the House of Humour and Satire
For CONTATCS and REQUESTS: HERE
Should you decide to take a piece of Gabrovo humour away with you, don't pass by the
SOUVENIR SHOP. This is the one and only place where you can find unique Gabrovo souvenirs (1/2 coffee-cups, utensils for unwelcomed guests, Gabrovo beer mugs, clocks that work counter-clockwise, white and black statues of cats, cups for reading one's future, Forget-it ash-trays, cups for moustached men, tapped eggs, etc.), as well as a variety of HHS publications. Only here can tourists buy the latest publication of GABROVO HUMOUR - ANECDOTES AND JOKES ABOUT GABROVIANS in 5 languages and an apron with Gabrovo recipes to survive an economic crisis.
A MEMENTO OF THE HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE
Every visitor to the Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE can take back home a light souvenir - a BULGARIAN LEGACY collector's coin with the museum logo on it. The coin can be bought from a vending machine installed in front of the museum entrance; available also is brief information about Gabrovo humour, the carnival tradition in town and about Stefan Fartunov, founder and first director of the House of Humour and Satire.
The insiders have dubbed it the Giraffes' Hall, but in fact, it is a multifunctional space designed for carrying out diverse activities - from political meetings and discussions to literary readings and presentations of new authors and books, children's festivities, seminars and workshops for NGOs, etc. The conference hall can seat 100 people, and is equipped with a video-screen and modern audio-and-video facilities. The hall can be hired out on request.
HHSStudio offers production of complete musical products; mixing and processing of ready audio-recordings; interior and exterior sounding; audio-and-video recording of press-conferences, seminars, workshops, etc. The audio-and-video collection of the HHSStudio houses noteworthy interviews and artistic portraits of outstanding creators of humour, as well as recordings of all public events of the House of Humour and Satire.
THE WONDERS OF GABROVO THRIFT
A thematic guided tour of the central part of Gabrovo
(designed for organized groups of tourists and available on request)
Starting point: Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE and the Park of Laughter
Route to be followed:
- Monument to Racho the Blacksmith in the River Yantra
- Bridges spanning the river decorated with thematic sculpture compositions
- Aprilov-Palauzov Community Centre
- Two clock-towers on the main square
- Monument to Chardafon the Great
- Two side-by-side bridges over the river
- Along the course of the carnival procession in the central part of the town: Vazrazhdane square, Regional Library, House of Culture, Aprilov High School and the National Museum of Education, Regional History Museum, the Church of the Assumption of Our Lady, the St. Petka of Gabrovo Chapel, Dechkov House, the Holy Trinity Cathedral , the Old Clock-tower, Mai 1st. 1876 square.
- Decorative wall panel featuring local practices to economize
Visitors will learn interesting details about the aforementioned Gabrovo sights and buildings along the route of the carnival procession.
This special service is offered to organized groups of Bulgarian and foreign tourists up to maximum 20 people. Requests should be made 3 days prior to the visit and addressed to the House of Humour and Satire; charges are paid at the museum ticket-office.
Adults - 3.00 lv.
Pensioners - 2.00 lv.
Schoolchildren & students - 1.50 lv.
Guided tour in Russian, English, German and French - 10.00 lv.