Bolgar Museum Street is the informal name of Nazarov Street, which stretches from the Western Gate to the main sights of Bolgar. In the 19th century, the territory of the settlement was inhabited, and there were many village houses here. Some of them have survived to this day, and museums are open in 4 houses.
The main entrance and parking to the archaeological complex of Bolgar is located near the Western Gate. The territory of the settlement is several tens of hectares. The distance from the Western Gate to the main sights of Bolgar is about a kilometer.
Many tourists get into an electric road train to get to the Museum of Bulgarian Civilization. However, if you decide to walk this distance, then along the way you can visit 4 museums, which are located in small village houses.
The first museum is called "The Nobility of the Spassky District". It is dedicated to the life of the 19th century nobles in the city of Spassk-Tatarsky. It was founded in 1781 and was located near Bolgar. In 1950, after the construction of the Volga hydroelectric power station, this city was flooded by the waters of the reservoir.
The second museum is called "The City on the River". Its exposition is dedicated to fishing, which people on the Volga have been engaged in for centuries. There is a boat made of solid wood, fishing gear, various dishes for cooking fish. There are a lot of photos in the museum. On one of them you can see a sturgeon 5 meters long, which was caught by local fishermen in the 19th century. After the construction of the cascade of the Volga hydroelectric power plants, sturgeons are no longer found in the Volga.
The third museum is dedicated to the life and work of the Tatar children`s writer Abdullah Alish. He was born in 1904, and died in 1944 during WWII. The fourth museum is called the "Museum of Bulgarian Tea Drinking". Here you can see a collection of samovars and everything related to the traditions of tea drinking.