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National Institute of Archaeology with Museum

2 Saborna St, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
+359 2 988 2406
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The National Institute of Archaeology with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences covers the complete study of the culture of tribes and peoples who have occupied present day Bulgaria from the remote past until the 18th century. The Museum of Archaeology hosts the most numerous collections in Bulgaria and its exhibitions reveal it as one of the most important centers in the country for promotion of the cultural heritage of present day Bulgaria. NIAM-BAS was established in 1949 as a follower and successor of the Department of Valuables - part of the Library established in Sofia in 1879 and reformed into a National Museum in 1892 - and the Bulgarian Institute of Archaeology (1921), which was the first academic institute in Bulgaria.
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“thracian gold” (14 reviews)
“stone age” (9 reviews)
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2 Saborna St, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
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"thracian gold"
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"stone age"
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"greek and roman"
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"treasure room"
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"excellent collection"
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"pre history"
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"upper gallery"
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"iron age"
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"medieval times"
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"gold objects"
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"main hall"
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"great exhibits"
in 4 reviews
"archaeological finds"
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"huge collection"
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"couple of hours"
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"middle ages"
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"worth a visit"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well presented large collection of various archaeological treats including treasure on the top level. Plenty of space to see exhibits without crowding, good amount of descriptions listed alongside the exhibits.

Thank Camie513
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a real gem of a museum that takes you through the extensive human history of the region the kids loved it!

Thank havekidsandtravel437
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It encapsulates the diverse influences on Bulgaria, with Roman, Greek and Ottoman artefacts, with some fascinating and priceless articles in the Treasury like a gold Roman laurel crown. Well worth a visit.

Thank NW75London
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

.This is an interesting museum for everyone, not just for archaeology lovers Don`t miss the treasury on the second floor

Thank Hava B
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

Could I recommend the museum for general public? Not quite, as it's not about pretty much fun. For archaeology and history lovers it's a paradise.

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Reviewed 22 February 2018

You can find amazing pieces from the pre-historic period of the region, Roman times, Thracian treasures and artefacts, orthodox fresco, icons and artefacts, and more more. Recommend it a lot!

Thank Dimana_g
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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

An amazing collection of ancient artefacts - well worth a visit. Impressive collection of gold and silver and statues and obelisks dating from 2nd and 3rd centuries.

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Reviewed 6 February 2018

One of the most important museums in Sofia, and definitely worth it if you have some time and want to learn more about the history of the region

Thank Laura T
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

We originally nipped in to warm-up but we were here for well over an hour. Entry is 10 lev. We were lucky in that there was an excellent exhibition of gold, jewellery, weapons etc from the very earliest times assembled from other sites and museums...More

Thank MarkW55
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Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

Amazing collection of archeological treasures found in the region of nowadays Bulgaria. A big collection of Greek and Roman gravestones, a beautiful collection of very old icons and a treasureroom with a special, temporary exhibition about bronze and golden ancient treasures. A bit akward feeling...More

Thank furaha1nl
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