National Museum of History, Sofia

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Discover 8,000 years of Bulgaria's natural history at National Museum of History. 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 Museum of History and many more Sofia attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Sofia trip planner.
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  • The museum has a nice collection of historic items from the different Bulgarian times. We especially enjoyed the items from the Thracian and Hellenic times. However we were missing items from the...  more »
  • What a fascinating museum. Set in the residence of the former dictator it tells the story of Bulgaria as one of the oldest countries in the world. The artefacts housed here are impressive. Here we...  more »
  • Quite underrated place. It is well organized and has a nice collection which to help to understand more the history of Bulgaria. However, nothing much presented related to the history of communism in....  more »
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  • Great place to visit when in Sofia. The architecture here is stunning, although it's a shame they have let the garden and water feature go wild. The only downside was the ticketing process which was unclear and the entrance warden was extremely irritable. However, for 7 Lev it's worth a trip. Having a beer on the terrace with the garden out back was a really pleasant experience.
  • The National Museum of Sofia is really a nice place. The costumes are great, I found out there were a few ancient objects/antiques and the building in itself is grandiose.
  • It is a modern museum whose exceptional exhibits are displayed in a engaging way. In a few cases there are no English labels but in general the explanations in English are exhaustive.
  • Roomy and good looking museum. Plenty of stuff to see. The café have much room for improvement.
  • 24.8.2019 already the architecture of Schivkovs former residence is well worth a visit. Well explained ancient history till medieval times.Reestablishment of the state,balcan wars and socialist time very small mentioned (much better to visit for this the army museum).Nice little cafe at the terrace behind the museum.

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