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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to National Historical Museum and many more Sofia attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Sofia trip planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    I'm local so I have visited the museum multiple times. Make sure you see the Thracian hall – it will certainly take your breath away! The ethnographic floor is also very good with lots of exhibits to ...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    has two major reasons: the Organization and wealth of the museum itself and the building itself (and Communist architecture) beautifully situated in the mountains around sofia.
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  • August 7, 2017
    If you get off the boyana Church find the Museum is hard indeed to the openings in the Park are all closed but before the museum itself lying by atra part of the park itself, once you are worth it though ... the photos would be banned but nobody prevents them, great collection of Roman and 1800/1900 but the entire Museum is a place to see even if its not in the Center even this, however, can be reached by tram ...
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  • April 21, 2017
    Quite frankly, I had higher expectations for the exhibits. The building itself is arguably the better showpiece. It's still worth a visit, though.
  • May 16, 2017
    Very rich and nicely organized museum. It will take at least a couple of hours to go through everything.
  • February 3, 2017
    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.
  • May 2, 2017
    Largest Bulgarian museum. You can often see the Golden Treasure of Panagyurishte here.
  • May 2, 2017
    Amazing museum. It is a must visit place

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Where to stay in Sofia

Set yourself up for easy and convenient access to Sofia's historical core and its most popular tourist sites by staying in an upscale hotel in the city center. While you'll find some hotels on the main boulevard, look for modern hotels off the main streets to keep costs lower. Staying outside the center in the outlying neighborhoods means you'll need to use public transportation, but the network is extensive and accommodation prices farther out are lower. For a real budget-friendly option, consider staying in a hostel; the city boasts a wide array of these, many of which include breakfast.
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