The regional historical museum is located in the central part of Stara Zagora. Its funds contain several thousand of the most important exhibits, and various information about the history of the city, the region and the country as a whole is stored in the museum windows.
It is known that the Stara Zagora region was inhabited even in ancient times - this is evidenced by the exhibits located in the first hall of the exposition. Scientists attribute the earliest discovered traces of man to the new-stone age. A special map indicates the location of residential mounds, the number of which exceeds one hundred. All of them were discovered around Stara Zagora, and five of these barrows were located within the city limits. The exposition also presents tools from bones, horns and flint, ceramic dishes of unusual shapes and ancient jewelry.
The period of domination of the Romans was also reflected in the thematic exhibition of the museum. The most interesting and unique historical monument is the remains of the Roman forum of Augustus Trajan. Two walls reached from it - the southern and western, as well as the theater, where city-wide cultural events were held. In the museum, this period is represented by glass, bronze lamps, statues, jewelry and coins discovered during excavations.
But it is also interesting that during the construction of the new museum building, workers discovered a fragment of the central street of Cardo Maximus. It was this street that connected the North and South gates. The ancient street has been restored and preserved by specialists so that today you can see this street on the basement of the historical museum right at the place of the original location. Roman street was almost six meters wide, and stone sidewalks were built on both sides, which almost doubled the street. An accessible fragment of the street is decorated exactly as it was accepted in ancient Rome - columns, stone reliefs and statues. On the wall you can see a panel depicting the continuation of the street, referring to the south gate that does not exist today.
In other halls there are various exhibits, thanks to which you can understand how the fate of the city developed during the period of mature antiquity, in the Middle Ages and during the national Renaissance.