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National Institute of Archaeology with Museum

ul.Saborna 2, 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” (12 reviews)
“stone age” (9 reviews)
ul.Saborna 2, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
+359 2 988 2406
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A lovely hour looking around some of the artefacts that Sofia and Bulgaria have to offer. As students we were able to get entry for £1.50 each. Before entry we ate lunch at the museum cafe. Lovely pizza, good service, good price.

Thank Nathan B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of ancient artifacts from Thracians and Romans. Housed in a former mosque from 1496. Highlights for me were the gold and silver articles located in a separate room at the front right second level which was thankfully airconditioned. (The museum as a whole is...More

Thank chitownsam
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very much worth a visit. Centrally located and 10 LEV entry for an adult. Located in a beautiful building in the old Buyuk (Grand) mosque, the oldest building in city dating from 1494. The museum has been in this building since 1894, The collections range...More

Thank chepaddy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In my opinion the most underrated tourist attraction in Sofia. A small but very nice exhibition featuring some of the best and oldest gold in Europe. Location makes it perfect. It's just around the corner no matter what you decide to visit. Must see.

1  Thank anastassiu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is housed in an old mosque. The collection is not overwhelming, but very comprehensive. Well worth the visit.

Thank S K
Reviewed 19 July 2017

We were recommended this museum by our guide and it didn't disappoint. We knew we would have a wet day and went here. It is not especially big but covers thousands of years of diverse history and has an amazing amount of beautiful jewellery. We...More

Thank 389maureens
Reviewed 12 July 2017

I went here with some family and it was the perfect rainy day plan. There are several areas and floors. I recommend doing the first floor then taking the stairs on the left side up to the different rooms where you will find treasures from...More

Thank alishka_in_the_city
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Absolutely marvelous. This is a great museum to see so many archeological finds. The collection is phenomenal. I wish I had a tour guide (they were all on vacation) but even without one we read the signs and it was very interesting. I don't think...More

1  Thank Samouila
Reviewed 28 June 2017

The range of artefacts on display cover the thousands of years of Sofia's history, but they lack imagination in the way they are displayed and the human stories they tell about the people who have lived there.

Thank Oliver S
Reviewed 26 June 2017

This museum is located near the center of Sofia, and within a couple of blocks of a metro station. Artifacts are well organized in various halls according to date. Some artifacts date from 10,000 BC. All placards have English wording. This museum is housed in...More

2  Thank Joe-SVL
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