The only salt museum not only in Bulgaria but also in Eastern Europe, is located in the town of Pomorie, 20 km from Burgas. It opened on September 7, 2002 and is dedicated to the production of salt by solar evaporation of seawater. This method is known as “ancient Anhialo technology.”
Extraction of salt near Pomorie is occupation, which for centuries has fed the local people. According to historic sources the salt pans near Pomorie existed even before the founding of the city (around the V century BC). In ancient times, salt was a valuable commodity – rare and expensive – and therefore was called “white gold.”
The Salt Museum in Pomorie is a specialized outdoor museum – visitors can see both the museum building and the adjacent museum 20 acres saltpans, where salt is mined today.
Saltpans are numerous swimming pools, separated from one another by darveno- dikes. There is produced salt on the same technology, which has produced centuries ago.
The museum exhibition in the building presents the development of ancient technology for extraction of salt. Here you can see a rich collection of photographs from the early twentieth century and copies of documents from the period of XV – XIX century, telling the production and marketing of salt in the Bulgarian lands. One of the most interesting exhibits in the exhibition are authentic solarski tools such solarski wooden carts, rakes and others.
In the museum building you can watch films dedicated to solodobivaneto. Pomorie Lake, whose borders are the salt works and museum is a protected area. In the lake are established over 200 species of birds and over passes of migratory birds Via Pontica. Has built environmental artificial islands where nesting colonies of river and Sandwich Terns, Avocets and others.
Special cameras saltpans tracked the behavior of birds, and visitors can watch the feathered screens in the museum building. You can buy additional information materials and souvenirs.