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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  • Hard to come by, little English speaking staff, little English description. We have also not asked but wonder if there is an English Guide at all or so. No audio. Nice building but otherwise little out of it.
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  • A real architectural wonder in imposing soviet style holding some beautiful artefacts and paintings. Fairly close to Boyana chapel so combine them both in a visit.  more »
  • A great Museum where several objects tracing the history of the Bulgarian empire. There are also jewelry in gold of the THRACIANS, costumes from eras... For those who would like to know the history of the Bulgaria this place is for you, for those who do not like the story go your way. In addition you can have for those that want a guide who speaks perfect french and who can explain everything to you. Entry costs only 5 euros so why not!
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  • The museum worth seeing. The history of the building is interesting, the collections are very rich. Nevertheless, the museum itself is a communist museum, with a nationalistic message. For instance, 4 centuries of history are almost not presented because Bulgaria was part of the Ottoman Empire... They only show the orthodox art remains from that period (calling it resistance?) and 4 ottoman plates (with no legend attached).
  • The NHM has a great location in the outskirts of Soria and amazing few to Vitosha mountain. There is a cafe i n the inner yard. If you like a trip to the mountain there is nice road that will take you to Beli mosteve and you can have a walk to Cherni vrah or to as far in the mountain as you feel like it. There is the Panorama road that offes a suberb few to Soria (at certain places). If you follow the road long w nenough you can go to Belchn bania and relax at the pool or visit ZarMali grad very near the resort.
  • The architecture and history of the building itself is just as interesting if not more than the exhibits which are mostly mediocre, poorly explained and scattered randomly. There is an eerie, creepy (in a good way) feeling walking into this building which takes you back 50 years.
  • A must, if you are coming sight seeing to Sofia. And if you are local, chances are, you have seen it more then a couple of times!
  • Quite frankly, I had higher expectations for the exhibits. The building itself is arguably the better showpiece. It's still worth a visit, though.

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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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