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National Museum of History
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Vitosha Mountain Hike with Bulgarian Food Tasting Private Tour from Sofia
Ranked #15 of 183 things to do in Sofia
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Visited with 3 children under ten and there was enough to keep them occupied for a couple of hours. Very cheap entrance cost and some stunning rooms, the wood carving beautiful. Views of the hills and the autumnal colours lovely, even in the mist and rain! Treasures galore and the traditional costumes just splendid. Gift shops well stocked, enjoyed it all very much.

Thank Jill H
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

You will need to take the trolleybus line 2 to the far end then walk 5 minutes (crossing a large road). Due to traffic on workdays you may need of 1hour to reach it. I recommend you organize a combined visit with Boyana church not to come back twice in the far south part of Sofia. Having said that the museum is interesting but not as much as I would have expected. The architecture (soviet style) worth to be seen and the garden are very nice ... by a sunny day.

Thank Phil31Toulouse
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

The building may look less inviting from the outside but once in, the well organised exhibitions will take the visitor through a huge time span of regional history - pre-dating the current state and people - and is easy to digest.
We had a guide who helped us to pick the highlights but I would imagine the exhibitions also work those walking through the museum alone. The set up seems very logical.
I was also surprised that it did not have the ethnological aspects of national costumes and such but was much more around the theme how culture has developed in the region in the past seven millenia. Some of the artefacts were breathtaking! In one hour, one has seen a lot, but I could imagine a longer visit could also keep my interest alive.
The place has a cafe but we decided to skip that on our way to Vitosha mountain. Easy to combine with a sightseeing up to Kopito and to visit Boyana church; all in one morning.

Thank Jori R
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Reviewed 5 October 2016

A fascinating museum with objects from icon panels to crowns to Roman columns as well as jewelry, textiles, and a look at the research conducted in Antarctica by Bulgarian scientists. The view of the mountain range to Sofia's west is amazing.

Thank Debra H
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

To be honest, in all it's soviet architectural weirdness the building is actually kind of pretty. And it houses an exhibition that is more insightfull then we expected. With highlighting parts of the Bulgarian past we didn't get from the books. It is certainly worth a visit. Interesting thing you'll see all around Bulgaria is the somewhat weird position towards the soviet period itself. Somehow nobody seems to mention it, and also in this museum. The timeline stops in 1945 and picks up at 1990. Strange??

Thank bnbass
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