National Museum of Military History

National Museum of Military History

National Museum of Military History
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Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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D0gThatHunts
Charleston, SC13 contributions
Nov 2019
Superb range of Soviet and German armoured and other vehicles. It also has three floors of very well presented military history and artifacts.
If you don’t have time for a full visit - the outer park with the WW2 vehicles is free. (Check opening hours - but I think it’s closed on Wednesday..)
Written December 1, 2019
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iantheextreme
Dymchurch, UK83 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
Really good museum and it is half price on Monday and Tuesday. Says staff only but was all open. Tickets are around 2 Euro. Possibly the best place to visit here. About a twenty minute walk from the nearest Metro. Well worth the walk.
Written July 18, 2017
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Me_n_my_rucksack
Yorkshire, UK6,084 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
It's a bit of a walk from the middle of town to get here but the journey was actually very pleasant with some nice coffee shops on the way.

There are a lot of tanks and artilery outside the front of the museum, more tanks artillery jets missiles and radar inside a grasses area once you have paid to get in and internal displays in a 4 story building.

My wife noticed an odd no photography for safety reasons temporary signs - which seemed to be being ignored by the locals.

The entry fee was, by Western European standards, extreemly cheap - there is a kind of multi entry ticket for the other military museums 9Including the air museum located in in a different City - although usefull if you are turing the country.

The external display items are largley cold war Soviet designed armour air power and missiles with a smattering of WW2 armour. There is an impressive number of SAM systems complete with Radar - as a radar engineer this was superb ! Inside there is an
extensive collection of uniforms insignia etc.......

Although outside everyone seemed to be taking photos a particularly grumpy curator moaned at me "no photos" while apparently ignoring the locals. No idea how they justify no photos for safety reasons - especially as these are decades old pieces of hardware one can see in all E European military museums - MiG21s and T34s are hardly secret or uncommon and standing on a path taking a photo is hardly dangerous - cant work that one out. Bit of a shame as otherwise this is an excellent museum.
Written May 27, 2017
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wingate
London, UK2,400 contributions
Nov 2011 • Solo
This is a couple of miles away from my hotel,the Hilton.No metro there,i had nt a clue about the bus services so relied on my Google directions and my hand held sat nav.You walk past the big stadium to get there.I had got to the point where my Sat Nav said there should be an entrance but still no sign of the museum.I could see military hardware through the rails,Then i came to some large gates in the wall,still no sign.So i walked in.Everywhere there was tanks,vehicles,Mig jets,helicopters,rocket launchers,guns.I found the entrance buiding about 200 yards on the right.I paid i recall 4Levs.The first being contained some old artefacts.I was pointed in the direction of the next building.I went into the courtyard and there was all this equipment which seems to be slowly rotting away.no real attempt seems to be made to preserve anything.The descriptive panels were partly in English but they were corroding.I went into the main building and i was asked for my ticket.I couldnt find it so the museum keeper phoned the doorlady to verify i had just paid.I spent the best part of 2 hours in this building.It was a history of military matters from prehistoric times up to the present day.there were explanatory panels in english.I have to say that there was probably to much about the 18th and 19th century and too little about the 20th century.I was interested to find out the Bulgarians experiences in the two world wars ,particularly since they had the habit of siding with the wrong allaince.There was not enough about their part in the Axis nor their time under Communist rule and how it was overthrown.However it was by far and away the best museum i visited in Sofia.
Written November 17, 2011
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Andrei C
Bucharest, Romania30 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
In my opinion, Boyana Church is the only other attraction that is as much worth seeing as this museum. It has a great range of military equipment from WWII and later - both Soviet and German. This museum should appeal to both military equipment enthusiasts (the courtyards are full of war machines) and those interested in Bulgarian history - there are several floors of history to see. Everything is translated into English and the staff is very helpful, although they only speak Bulgarian.
Written August 11, 2014
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Richard10024
New York City, NY469 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
I though they did a nice job showing buglarian military and political history with a focus on the 1800-1918 (pre-world war one period). This was helping in understanding the fist balkan war, the second balkan war and then world war I.

The museum is not very modern in its approach to exhibits. I was reading books and visiting other museums on similar topics in other countries, so for me this was an excellent museum. I could see some people getting confused at the exhibits with the signage.

The soviet era tanks, plans, and other equipment being exhibited was interesting to see up close - in particular the size of various equipment.

The museum is a bit out of the center of sofia. You need to take either a bus or taxi to get to the museum.

While I really enjoyed this museum - I can see that it might not be for everyone. If you are not really interested in the topic, you might not want to go as the museum itself doesn't have great exhibits for people with no knowledge or not really interested in the topic.
Written August 6, 2014
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Ivan Marinkov
Sofia, Bulgaria17 contributions
Feb 2020
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!
Written January 19, 2021
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George H
Sunderland, UK194 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
I particularly wanted to see the Golden Thracian artifacts and wasn't disappointed. Absolutely gorgeous! I believe they have now been moved to a museum in Plovdiv but you can still see replicas here. This museum is small but the contents are interesting. You can even watch an artisan making violins.
Written May 23, 2019
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Kriso M
Sofia, Bulgaria23 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
There is a lot to see here because Bulgaria has had a very active military apart from today's situation. Great place that can explain the big experience the country has. Men in the country have been very active in volunteering in the army in the past, with hundreds of thousands of active personnel.
Written April 30, 2019
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alisdair t
Workington, UK6,162 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Must be one of the best military museums I have visited. You can wander round all the tanks, missiles, planes, machinery at your leisure outside for free. Then for 12 lev, about £5.50, then you cross outside with more military hardware, then enter the building... there are 4 floors of military history, depicted of the Bulgarian Army, all told in sequence, and in order, with a small story board, clothing of that time, and atrefacts, wonderful. On the top floor, there are 2 rooms with showcases of rare guns, and one of medals and insignias in cases. We spent a few hours here... does lack a cafe though
Written November 20, 2018
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