National Museum of Military History, Sofia

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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. Use our Sofia trip builder to arrange your visit to National Museum of Military History and other attractions in Sofia.
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  • I love this museum as much as I loved it as a kid. All those weapons, missiles and war machines. Only the Iron Man suit is missing, hahahaha!  more »
  • Superb museum and exhibits worth seeing! We really enjoyed this museum and it's in our top 6 in Bulgaria.  more »
  • The National Museum Of Military History is an absolutely amazing military museum that we visited on our holiday to Sofia. I am in general not a museum visitor ,love the architecture of museum...  more »
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  • Fantastic museum. Their collection of artefacts is without compare. Do buy the ticket which allows access to the top floor, the weapons collection is incredible. I’ve never seen so many pieces collected in one space. The outside park has a collection of aircraft, tanks, ‘b’ echelon vehicles, missile launchers, and so many artillery pieces it took forever to see them all. I spent over 4 hours here, and enjoyed every minute. One thing that’s fun to do is look for translations that aren’t perfect. :) Also, a few tags missing. Used google visual translate and it mostly worked.
  • Very interesting museum. Great pieces of military vehicles, planes, guns etc. on the outside space. In the building you can see the Bulgarian military history since the ancient times.
  • Awesome place. I don't know any other place where you can touch missile mounts on a Mil24 or Mig28 and look into cockpits. My girlfriend translating all signs did help :-)
  • Great place for a military history buff. The free side is great. The paid part is primarily USSR planes, trucks and tanks but very cool. Well worth the 4 Euro to get in.
  • One of the most spectacular museums I've ever seen, it is simply overwhelming through it's richness of information. After more than 4 hours spent there I decided to just take pictures of the rest of the artifacts and study the pictures at home. You start from a huge yard with an open air free museum exhibiting cannons, tanks, MIGs. You then pay 12 lev to visit the whole museum (including the weapons exhibition at the last floor, a very good price considering what you get). Then you reach the inner courtyard where even more war machines are to be found. The museum itself is ridiculously rich in exhibits, there are literally thousands of uniforms, medals, paintings with military themes, weapons. Photos without blitz are allowed everywhere including the arms expo on the last floor. The curators did a splendid job of organizing a massive amount of exhibits in chronological order and the staff will point you in the right direction each step of the way. 10/10 recommended

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