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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 November 2017

The National Historical Museum (NIM - Natsionalen Istoricheski Muzei) is the largest museum in Bulgaria. NIM was established in 1973. The collections of NIM include more than 650,000 cultural monuments. All this is a good reason for everyone to visit it on a mandatory basis!

Thank Vini V
Reviewed 12 October 2017

This is another national treasure. Displays are very well done and the building is an architectural beauty. It's actually walk-able (about 20 minutes) from the Ottawa side via the pedestrian walkway on the Alexandra Bridge.

Thank Frank M
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Lots of interesting exhibits. Worth a visit. Never seen so many stuffed birds on my life! Good for children.

Thank barrett65
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

I visited the museum as a tour leader of a group 47 spanish guests on Sunday 17 th September. A guided visit was organized for most of the group but others prefered not to take it as they are elderly people and they wished to...More

2  Thank mihogaja
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Whilst there's plenty on display to see with many impressive exhibits I left rather disappointed by the number of replicas and reproductions on display (it became a recurring theme seeing one of these words appear on the descriptions). The museum is located away from the...More

Thank robfry1987
Reviewed 7 September 2017

There is so much to see here. It is on the outskirts of the city, but you can catch a tram to it, or ask your hotel to order a taxi there (it should cost 6 to 10 Lev) and then ask the reception desk...More

1  Thank EdinburghToSofia
Reviewed 6 September 2017

There are a lot of exhibits from many different epochs. We did not have the time to do them all justice. What we saw was quite impressive and memorable. There is room to improve the curation and descriptive information of the exhibits.

Thank rdalv
Reviewed 21 August 2017

The presentation of artifacts and history is done very well, without confusion; the building is light and airy; the glass cabinets are clean and well-lit and without clutter.

Thank Yvonne M
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Just south of the city, the Museum is the ex-palace of the former Communist leader of Bulgaria. The building itself is a fantastic piece of design, with huge carved wooden interior doors, an impressive series of marble staircases, and a display of some unique and...More

Thank Sean K
Reviewed 17 August 2017

I'm local so I have visited the museum multiple times. Make sure you see the Thracian hall – it will certainly take your breath away! The ethnographic floor is also very good with lots of exhibits to admire. Going there is a bit tricky so...More

1  Thank andyros2014
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