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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 2 June 2017

Nice museum to learn about Bulgarian history . The building itself is amazing and the history is preserved very well inside . friendly staff , nice exhibit . We only had troubles to get there , as the taxi driver didn't know english ... even...More

Thank Rolf P
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Reviewed 22 May 2017

Oh my goodness this place is a wonder to behold. It is situated outside of all the main attractions and could so easily be missed but it is a gem. Once the royal palace I believe the building harks back to roman architecture, If you...More

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Reviewed 19 May 2017

This place is appropriate for children and adults. There are many things to see and learn for Bulgarian history. There is a garden, well maintained. It's interesting.

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Reviewed 18 May 2017

The place is very big and marvelous. In it you can see the history of the Bulgarian land since the dawn of humanity till modern times. The museum is very well organized and all the staff speaks very good English. It is the perfect place...More

Thank Natalija K
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Reviewed 8 May 2017

Very well organized and has a lot to see. Much of the artifacts were uncovered through out the country as so much has taken place here over the centuries.

Thank 476donc
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Reviewed 4 May 2017

This museum is housed in a quite new building which well situated outside the city and equipped with a large parking lot. Accessability is much better than for similar musea usually located in the city center (in other cities I visisted). The museum itself is...More

Thank IWNoordergraaf
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

The building is amazing itself, a relic of the Communist era. The wood joinery and cdecoration is amazing. There is a good coverage of Pre 20th century Bulgaria back to ancient times. Most was explained in English . I dont recall which other languages. we...More

Thank Jude5353
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

The museum is housed in an imposing building which was not constructed as such but was used for special functions during the communist period. It contains archaelogical finds demonstrating the ancient history of the city, dolls demonstrating authentic national costumes, special exhibits as well as...More

Thank lilyrose1008
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

Let's start with the building. This building was formerly the Presidential Palace during the Communist era, and it is a true 1960s Brutalist wonder made of reinforced concrete. The interior also has some fascinating 1960s touches such as numerous spangly chandeliers, broad staircases and wood...More

Thank Raymond W
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Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

The museum is located on a very nice location, 18 minutes drive from the downtown, old fashioned not as expected, however it has some valuable features, However i would still recommend it to whoever is visiting Sofia.

Thank M A
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