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National Art Gallery

1 Knyaz Battenberg Square, Sofia, Bulgaria
980 33 20
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Ranked #27 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Type: Art Museums
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I good collection of Bulgarian art masters. The gallery is settled in the old king palace. It is situated in the very center of Sofia, close to the parliament and the cathedral Alexander Nevski- another place which you should not miss.

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Calgary, Canada
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155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Very nice job explaining the roles Bulgarian artists have played in developing styles and concepts. The building that houses the collection is spectacular in itself, with amazing stone fireplaces adorning many of the rooms. The art is very interesting with some spectacular pieces and a nice mixture of sculpture and painting. The upstairs houses the permanent collection and the downstairs... More

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London, United Kingdom
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87 reviews 87 reviews
50 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013 via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. Your ticket is valid all day, so you can return. You are allowed to take photographs, and the staff are friendly! The art is really lovely especially if you like impressionist and modern art. I loved the lay out and beautiful rooms, it is the old palace. Well worth a visit.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
9 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013 via mobile

Not the Prado or the National Gallery in London - but interesting and informative - we spent an enjoyable 90 minutes looking around. When buying tickets downstairs make sure you go into the Art Gallery Ticket Office and Shop - and don't buy tickets from the front desk - the Ethnography Museum as they are not interchangeable...

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Sofia, Bulgaria
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

National Gallery of Art is housed in the former Royal Palace. In the gallery are more than 3000 works of art - paintings, sculpture and graphics of prominent representatives of Bulgarian art during the Renaissance until the second half of the 20th century .. Furthermore, the National Art Gallery presents the halls and temporary exposition - exhibitions of contemporary Bulgarian... More

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
6 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

This Art Gallery is in the Palace where the last king was living so just for that it is Worth going and visiting it. At least you will feel same as Kings felt fiew decades earlier. There is another museum charing this building with the gallery so be careful not to buy the wrong tickets. They could have made 1... More

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Cape Town
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Outside the Gallery was a large banner proclaiming a retrospective of a Famous Bulgarian Artist. We duly went in and paid our admission fee. There was very little on display and when it came to the FBA, there was a video screen displaying his works. Ok cool, my partner (who speaks Bulgarian) gently enquired where could we now see the... More

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Sofia, Bulgaria
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

When in Sofia, it may be well worth to visit the former palace of Bulgarian Kings, currently the National Art Gallery. It is just in the city centre with good public transport access and eating facilities nearby. This was the former palace of the Bulgarian kings, but was almost stripped off of any belongings and furniture. It was recently refurbished... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

When I visited the permanent collection was closed.... only a student exhibition, and a temporary retrospective exhibition of a Bulgarian modernist painter who recently died. Absolutely no information available in English. The student work was of 16 -18 year old work, (Students seen sketching around every monument in Sofia).. but was interesting in so far as it seemed to sum... More

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De Uithof, Utrecht, Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

I was expecting some really impressive art, but what I saw we're four exhibitions, and was impressed probably only by about three pieces. There was also quite a random mix, no real theme. What I did like was that from far away some of the paintings looked about ten times better than up close, but even that is just me... More

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