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National Historical Museum, Sofia

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Discover 8,000 years of Bulgaria's natural history at National Historical Museum. The museum features 650,000 objects connected to archaeology, fine art, history, and ethnography. The building looks more like a communist palace than a museum, as it is a former governmental residence. Explore a rich collection of stone columns and antique and medieval monuments in the museum's courtyard. The 500 years of rule by the Ottoman Empire are covered in two displays. Climb to the third floor to see the hall of traditional clothes. Most descriptions are in both Bulgarian and English. Use our Sofia vacation trip planner to add National Historical Museum and other attractions to your Sofia vacation plans.
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  • Outstanding architecture..we couldn't believe the design of this museum! It runs through the prehistory of Thrake to the modern history of Bulgaria. Very educative, with archaeological, historical and...  more »
  • A 70ies communist party building refurbished to stunning museum covering in a very organised way Bulgarian history from pre- Thracian times via Greek and Roman times and the Bulgarian kings to the Ott...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Quite frankly, I had higher expectations for the exhibits. The building itself is arguably the better showpiece. It's still worth a visit, though.
  • Very rich and nicely organized museum. It will take at least a couple of hours to go through everything.
  • Very nice, has lots of collections organized by era. It's a bit tiring to go through everything in a couple of hours but on the grounds it has a lovely small cafe with a stunning view of Vitosha mountain.
  • Largest Bulgarian museum. You can often see the Golden Treasure of Panagyurishte here.
  • Amazing museum. It is a must visit place