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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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“stone age” (9 reviews)
ul.Saborna 2, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
+359 2 988 2406
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Samouila
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Joe-SVL
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing display, visiting from Vienna, and the Bulgarian Panagoryshte Thracian hoard. Plus hundreds of Roman, and older statues and funerary ornaments

Thank John W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As with everything in Sofia...nothing is adequately signposted or advertised and this place could potentially be easily missed. It sits innocuously opposite the President's HQ. The museum contains all manner of antiquities from the last several millennia in Sofia and Bulgaria. It has many oddities...More

Thank thevontrapps
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

a nice museum in a formar mosque building. the big prayingroom with the dom is now part of the museum where you see stone items. the most facinating part for me is the goldenntreasure it shows how reach sofia was thousands year a go

Thank 2272wk
Reviewed 12 June 2017

I argue that this place is cool. You can see a lot of artifacts and objects related to the history of Bulgaria.

1  Thank Berg S
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

The National Institute of Archaeology Museum was my favourite museum in Sofia. It has an excellent collection of prehistoric artefacts. The displays are well considered and informative.

Thank Adam C
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