Sofia History Museum
Sofia History Museum
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • Serdika II • 2 min walk
  • Serdika • 4 min walk
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Valentin
Vidin, Bulgaria2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
All periods are really well presented. I was impressed by the coach of Maria Antonieta and King Ferdinand. The archeology hall was incredible, especially Selvii Calist treasure. I hope they don't ruin this beautiful museum and make it bathhouse again.
Written 2 March 2021
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Amanda B
Coventry13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We went on a free entry day, but the museum is good and set in nice grounds. Very pretty outside and you can even take away some hot sulphur water that is supposed to be good for you. Close to Serdika so worth going if in the area.
Written 19 September 2022
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Nelly-6
England224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
This is a really interesting small museum, in the former public baths in the centre of Sofia. It is by no means a comprehensive history of the city, but focuses on two eras: the Roman history of Serdica, and the period of independence from late 19th - mid 20th century.

This latter era is represented through a wealth of objects donated to the museum, largely capturing the life of upper middle class families and royals around the turn of the century. There are some interesting room set-ups, and galleries on street life and arts & culture. Newly independent and fast growing Sofia looks beautiful in the many old photos and films, including one screened inside an old tram.

While a shame not to have a more comprehensive account of the city’s history, what is shown is interesting. Some more flavour of life of ordinary Sofia residents, and life under the Ottomans and in the communist era, would have been welcome

The building itself is attractive, in a quirky way, although not much evidence of its past life and it’s place in the city is left - I’d have enjoyed finding out about the role of the baths in the city. There is one gallery, displaying religious objects, where you can get a feel for the old baths.

Staff, all ladies as far as we saw, were extremely welcoming to us in their limited English and we felt well looked after and comfortable throughout our visit. We really enjoyed visiting and learned a lot about Sophia.
Written 2 March 2019
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TWheel43
East Molesey, UK116 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This was a disappointing place, Bulgaria has such a rich history and this was like that's it? no cohesion in the rooms. exhibits were ok. it could do so much better particularly since these were the historical bath houses. some kind of timeline to the history of the country.

Some Highlights on the second floor and the carriage of Marie Antoinette but that is about the extent of it.
Written 17 September 2019
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LT75
Estonia40 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Solo
To be honest, this place was a disappointment. The ticket I paid for, was +2 lev extra, from the pricing at the wall. And I did not get any explanation, why so, even asking. Exhibition itself was small. Upper rooms were mostly empty and under construction/renewal/something else. And, which disturbed me most, and I have not experienced it anywhere before - I was constantly followed by the guarding ladies, who came in after me, passed me and sat demostratively on the chair, to stare at me very unfriendly. Alhtough , as appeared, I had paid +2 lev extra (looking @ the tickets afterwards) for the right to take picture, I was constantly yelled by one lady, following me repeatedly for "not taking photos, without ticket, and was unkindly requested to delete photos fom my phone. I was so stunned by this rudeness, I forgot even to mention about the ticket, I had. And, las but not the least, actually there was (or at least I did not notice) no sign, forbidding to take pictures.

Have to mention, that the palace itself was very beautiful outside, but I think, I should have skipped entering it, for good memories sake.
Written 3 October 2017
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Stay798787
25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Beautifully-preserved building, like many in Sofia. The old Communist buildings are now a great contrast with the new and refreshed buildings in Sofia in the City Centre, City Centre is a must-see if in the Sofia city area, The Bulgarians are very interested in improving their economy, and as I noted in other reviews, most food/restaurants, and other retail prices ,are amazingly cheap.
Written 5 October 2019
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LC, Victoria BC Canada
238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The ticket seller was pleasant (unlike the one at the National Archaeological Museum yesterday), and over-65s get in for just 2 leva. Two floors of rooms displaying artifacts from ancient times and through the centuries, up to the early 1900s. Clothing, modes of transport, special exhibition about the trams, etc. Interesting. Very good that all the labels are in both Bulgarian and English, and there are a few English-captioned films. (Photography fee is 15 leva.)
Written 2 October 2019
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CoreneBloemfontein
Bloemfontein379 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
The museum is housed in the impressive Barth house. The most impressive exhibition is that or an ornate carriage (on mirrors, thus enabling you to see the undercarriage). But beware: there are no chairs to sit and rest for a few seconds. The garden surrounding the building is frequented by homeless people - making it rather unsafe late afternoons and evenings.
Written 12 August 2019
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sam872017
Vienna, Austria5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
I've visited a few museums in Sofia, cause I've visited the city two times and I've got to say that this is the best museum in Sofia! The exhibition is interesting and everything looks brand new (the building I mean)! The entrance is free every first and third Thursday, but the 8 BGN I paid were worth it. I would definitely come again but this time with friends!
Written 22 July 2019
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Laura F
Budapest, Hungary108 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
While there are some fascinating exhibits inside, the timeline jumps around quite a bit and there are some gaps in the history. I spent much of my time marveling at the building itself which is excellent. You even step into the former pools which are cleverly used to organize displays. I wish part of the building was still for baths.
Wednesday is free admission.
Written 24 June 2019
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