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National Museum of History

ul.Vitoshko lale 16, Sofia 1618, Bulgaria
+359 2 955 4280
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The National Museum of History has the most impressive collection of national treasures and is the largest museum in Bulgaria. Through more than 650,000 artifacts – Thracian gold and silver, pottery, icons, art & jewelry, mosaics – it tells the story of the European civilization from the dawn of times to the modernity. With focus on the 1300 years history of the Bulgarian state, the museum is a must-see attraction to visit while in Sofia. Closed on national holidays - 1 Jan, 24, 25 Dec.
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ul.Vitoshko lale 16, Sofia 1618, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I really enjoyed this little museum.They have some beautiful, very old gold artifacts that are worth seeing. They also have some beautiful jewlery and fresco icons from some of the older churches. I also like the architecture of this old Soviet building and the outside...More

Thank Ramadama
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderfully presented collection of important elements of Bulgarian histroy and culture.Situated outside the city centre in Boyana, it is well worth making the journey to discover the amazing artifacts beautifully displayed in the museum.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is located in the former residence of the communist leader... however no pieces or signs of the communist regime are displayed. Only the building itself As for the rest, remains of the old ages and some pieces of the Bulgarian revolution but not...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bulgaria is full of history and culture. If you are visiting Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria which currently holds the EU-Presidency, don’t miss to pay a visit to the National Historical Museum, which is the largest Bulgarian museum. It will enlighten you on the cultural...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A museum with a grand title and a grand structure, but lacking in focus and organization. Best to combine a visit to the museum with a visit to Boyana Church nearby (details below) and possibly with a hike up Vitosha Mountain to Boyaha Waterfall. I...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a history museum, so one should plan to read the many narrative plaques that illuminate the exhibits. The building is an interesting sight inside and out. The visit would be better if all the grounds were open to the public, but much of...More

Thank VinDivan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Situated outside the city centre in Boyana, it is well worth making the journey to discover the amazing artefacts beautifully displayed in the museum. In particular the craftsmanship with which the Thracians worked gold is outstanding - from exquisite earrings and rings to rhytons and...More

Thank bosie16
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It could run the risk of boring visitors, as there is so much history to cover, but it is done really well-add to that the strange contrast of being housed in a Soviet era building commanding spectacular views of Mt Vitosha. The artefacts on show...More

Thank 112alijay
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Reviewed 21 April 2018

The museum is on the site of the home of the last communist ruler and the Soviet-style architecture is quite a contrast to the ancient pieces. For us, the best thing was to bring a Bulgarian friend to help us understand the nuances of key...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

A wonderfully presented collection of important elements of Bulgarian histroy and culture. One of the best demonstrations of national identity construction. It also shows plainly the unity of the Balkans and why the great powers will never allow the region to live in peace -...More

Thank Anna Z
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