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National Museum of History

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Address: ul.Vitoshko lale 16, Sofia 1618, Bulgaria
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+359 2 955 4280
09:30 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:30
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The National Museum of History has the most impressive collection of...

The National Museum of History has the most impressive collection of national treasures and is the largest museum in Bulgaria. Through more than 650,000 artifacts – Thracian gold and silver, pottery, icons, art & jewelry, mosaics – it tells the story of the European civilization from the dawn of times to the modernity. With focus on the 1300 years history of the Bulgarian state, the museum is a must-see attraction to visit while in Sofia.

Closed on national holidays - 1 Jan, 24, 25 Dec.

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National Museum of History

This is a wonderful museum with a great collection of exhibits. There are some good ethnological displays and currently there is a colourful art exhibit that combines modern... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 October 2016
Linda S
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though it's old and most of the times it miss some life in it, it has the typical construction of the Socialist era and it has a beautiful big hall. The History of Bulgaria is all in here, since the Stone Age until the dictatorship era. A good surprise and a good lesson of History. The transports to here... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This museum was wonderful with its many and varied exhibits. It also was surprisingly easy to get to by public transport. Ask at your hotel which tram to take and then go to the end of the line.....you will know you are there because the tram pulls into a roundabout across from a grocery store. Much has been made about... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

The visit of the museum with its exceptional golden treasures could be combined with the Boyana church visit. Min 3 hourse are needed for both spots.

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Brasschaat, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Close to the world-famous church of Boyana on another hilltop one can visit het NMH, located in an ex-communist building. An endless series of old (very old) objects can be seen here, dating back to all times. This should be the most interesting historical museum in town. Gold and jewelry, many icons, statues, crowns, you name it. A highlight in... More 

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The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

It's not the best museum I have been to but worth a visit for the history of the Sofia and Bulgaria. I did like the video projections on the walls and the old carriage...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Its huge exhibition halls were adequate for different groups of tourists. Its well ventilated with adequate museum pieces not seen in other museums. Worth a visit.

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Athens, Greece
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

poor colection poorly maintained and the majority of the items are stolen from the balkan countries .

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

This is a wonderful museum with a great collection of exhibits. There are some good ethnological displays and currently there is a colourful art exhibit that combines modern interpretations of icon with a collection of original ones. The building itself is interesting and very attractive. The museum sells entrance tickets also a combined ticket for Boyana Church. I took a... More 

Thank Linda S
Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

You can see the famous pieces of Thracian gold treasures and to learn a lot of the rich history of Bulgarian people during many centuries. Do not hesitate to take a guide, they speak different languages and are simply excellent.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

I've been in a fair few museums over the years and this one is right up there at the top. It's inexpensive, in a beautiful location and hosts a wonderful collection. Although it looks like a dull square block from a distance, once you get closer, the building is actually really nice and full of detail that you don't expect... More 

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