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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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  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“boyana church” (21 reviews)
“thracian gold” (10 reviews)
“folk costumes” (4 reviews)
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ul.Vitoshko lale 16, Sofia 1618, Bulgaria
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+359 2 955 4280
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"boyana church"
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"thracian gold"
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"folk costumes"
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"lots of interesting exhibits"
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"worth making the journey"
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"on display"
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"pre roman"
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"ancient times"
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"gold objects"
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"soviet style"
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"trolley bus"
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"amazing artifacts"
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"ottoman empire"
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"greek and roman"
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"former communist"
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"imposing building"
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

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 30 April 2018

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

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Reviewed 24 April 2018

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

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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

1  Thank Ginny W
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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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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

This museum has some of earliest gold artifacts in the world (5000 years old) including pieces found on a skeleton including a gold condom! Ouch! There were also shrouds from 14th century all housed in this beautiful building. Really an impressive museum which gave us...More

Thank Wandering963
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Reviewed 25 February 2018

The building is nice and it belongs to a by gone era. I was told by my guide at some point the building was used by the communist party for their meetings due to having ample rooms.The exhibitions on the first floor are the best,...More

Thank oceanopolis9
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Reviewed 19 January 2018

A real architectural wonder in imposing soviet style holding some beautiful artefacts and paintings. Fairly close to Boyana chapel so combine them both in a visit.

1  Thank sankes
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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!

1  Thank Vini V
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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
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