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National Historical Museum, Sofia
(4.2/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The visit of the museum with its exceptional golden treasures could be combined with the Boyana church visit. Min 3 hourse are needed for both spots. 
  • Huge Museum, with artifacts from before Christ, through World War II and even modern art. A must for anyone who is in Sofia.
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  • Close to the world-famous church of Boyana on another hilltop one can visit het NMH, located in an ex-communist building. An endless series of old (very old) objects can be seen here, dating back to a...  more »
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  • Fairly poor national history museum, there is no logical story of Bulgarian history, just a few disjointed exhibits. There is very little writing to explain the importance of the displays. The displays are reasonably interesting, just not presented well. The museum location is also a huge pain being so far out of the city and not well serviced by public transport. It was a real shame. Save yourself 10 lev and do the free walking tour. Free wifi is a plus.
  • Been there twice. While there are lots of exhibits worth seeing, the info about them is oftentimes rather poor. Overall, the navigation between the halls is confusing even for people with some knowledge of BG history. The majority of the staff is unfriendly and some of them are visibly unmotivated (e.g., discussing loudly personal matters on the job or snapping at visitors' questions).
  • There's a reasonable overview of Sofia's history, and some of the artifacts are genuinely interesting. It's good value for students, as entry is only one leva!
  • Quite frankly, I had higher expectations for the exhibits. The building itself is arguably the better showpiece. It's still worth a visit, though.
  • It was amazing, interesting stuff about our Bulgarian history, real clothes of important people in the history, weapons, medals and a lot more to discover!