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National Museum of Military History, Sofia

(4.6/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
At National Museum of Military History, learn about the victories, the glory, and the heroism of the Bulgarian military. Over nearly 100 years, the museum has collected almost a million items related to Bulgarian and European military history. Browse through weaponry, rebel flags, uniforms, insignia, medals of honor, and an impressive collection of Soviet-made military hardware. See dioramas of Bulgarian military participation in the two World Wars and in other military campaigns up to the present day. Keep an eye out for weapons from the imperial collections of Prince Alexander I of Battenberg, Tsar Ferdinand, and Tsar Boris III. The facility includes a library and a computer center. Add National Museum of Military History to your Sofia travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Sofia vacation builder.
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  • From pacifist I always disdained the military museums, however by going ahead and having free access (was public holiday) I tried the lot no way! See children playing next to WMD me always to reflect
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  • Make sure that you have time to visit this museum If you like military history, it's a large museum. It is located close to a shopping mall (Serdika Center), if someone of the family or friends want t...  more »
  • My friend and I visited here in Feb 2017. It's a mixture of indoor and outdoor exhibits. The outdoor covers a whole range of jet fighters, helicopters, tanks and missiles. The indoors are all sorts of...  more »
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  • Very interesting museum. A must see for anyone with an interest in military history. There's a great selection of contemporary military equipment in the gardens, but I especially liked the indoor museum. Every time period is covered and all the texts are bilingual (Bulgarian/English). The staffs English skills however were rudimentary. They also annoyed me by following me around (I was the only visitor & the probably were bored).
  • This museum is so much more than "just" a national military museum; it runs from the Thracian era to the present time. The external exhibits are great examples of some rare tanks for instance the Pz 38H (the German upgrade of captured French Hotchkiss H38 tanks). Inside, and arranged chronologically, are items from every era of Bulgarian history and an especially good selection of items from the war of independence (including uniforms and affects from most of the famous Bulgarian revolutionaries) and second world war. Almost all of the inscriptions are translated and the only drawback is that there is not a audio guide to give you all of the nuances.
  • Great pieces of history but when I went it was empty and the wardens followed me round the musuem, I guess incase I stole stuff or I don't know. Not friendly people.
  • Museum is must see for all who are even remotely interested in military or anyone who plays shooting or tank video games. Entrance fee is worth every penny. Museum exhibits more german weapons than museum in Berlin and a lot of soviet weapons. In outside exhibition you can see a lot of tanks, military aircrafts and much more. Almost everything is written in english. Only bad thing is that you are prohibited to take photos.
  • Great place to visit! If you are history fan then this is the place for you.