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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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  • Average14%
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“thracian gold” (10 reviews)
“boyana church” (21 reviews)
“folk costumes” (4 reviews)
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ul.Vitoshko lale 16, Sofia 1618, Bulgaria
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"thracian gold"
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"boyana church"
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"on display"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Lots of interesting exhibits here with each room showcasing a different part of Bulgarian and world history/culture. Some of the most stunning artifacts were the human remains and gold centerpieces in the first few rooms. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the museum is its...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is definitely worth a visit. It was a good retrospective summation of the things we experienced and saw on or visit to Bulgaria.

Thank BostonSkier
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This rather drab, austere building seems to be in direct contrast to the colourful, luxurious array of exhibits within. To me, this place is definitely one of the highlights of Sofia. Quite coincidentally, I arrived on the last Monday of the month, so admission and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great museum , overview of bulgarian history..., tourist tip, call taxi from hotel and use same taxi as return, do not hail taxis from museum and watch out for fake -fraudlent taxis..., unfortantely to this museum, public transport is bad..

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a visit though you have to persevere if you want to piece together the recent history of this fascinating country. The explanations are spread across so many translation boards, with no obvious direction to follow in moving around this large museum, resulting in...More

Thank Sian C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very small museum, rude staff. If you want to take photos they charge you 15 lev (double admission price). When we were there half the museum was overrun with a children’s event and part was closed to film a TV show. Save your money. You...More

Thank EWRFlyerAL
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Reviewed 4 weeks 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 5 weeks 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.

Thank Stacy020
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Reviewed 15 May 2018 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

Thank Antonio_Nov1972
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Reviewed 11 May 2018

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

Thank MarkoKurdos
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