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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  • Not so musch a review as a warning a the museum is closed from August 9th till the start of September (4 or 9, nor sure, please call to check). A note on the gate and entrance had the dates on it, but...  more »
  • So far the best museum I've visited in Sofia. Full of war material, nukes, tanks, fight planes etc. Quite cheap and accessible.  more »
  • There are many uniforms, photos, weapons, tanks, aircrafts, helicopters and etc. The building have 3 floors of history and historical artefacts. Perfect for children. The yard is enormous full of war ...  more »
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  • Probably the best museum in Sofia. Of a grand scale with many different things to look at all with comprehensive descriptions. The tanks/helicopters/planes etc are very interesting. Only thing I would say is that there is absolutely nowhere to buy a drink or some food (was definitely needed after the LONG walk from Sofia as there are no metro stations nearby)
  • One of my favorite stops in Sofia! A walk in the outside garden with war planes and tanks was free! Had to see what they were charging for. Was a great trip!
  • It’s actually better than quite a few war museums I’ve been to. Definitely worth a visit
  • Outside there are some old Bulgarian planes, tanks and rockets, inside focuses more on the long therm history of war in Bulgaria. There is also a part on uniforms and medals that I found a bit to large in comparison. Attention: One Wednesday a month there is free entry.
  • A great range of exhibitions from a wide range of military history. I visited here on my last day in Sofia, and spent about 2-3 hours for a very modest fee. There's a lot to learn from the internal exhibitions about Bulgarian history that you may not necessarily find out elsewhere, and everything was presented well.

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