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National Institute of Archaeology with Museum

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The National Institute of Archaeology with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences covers the complete study of the culture of tribes and peoples who have occupied present day Bulgaria from the remote past until the 18th century. The Museum of...more
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2 Saborna St, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
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All reviews thracian gold bronze age greek and roman treasure room excellent collection pre history gold objects iron age human history main hall medieval times great exhibits interesting artifacts middle ages huge collection couple of hours thousand years
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent museum. Just big enough to be visited in about an hour and a half and get an overall look at Bulgaria ancient past. A must if in Sofia for the first time.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Axelle N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sofia has a lot of historical interest and this museum does a good job of presenting it. There is plenty to see and very cheap entrance. It is also centrally located within walking distance of other places of interest.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RebeccaHTraveller
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fascinating. Artistic. Fine prehistory pleosticine strong. Thrace, Greece, Rome. Treasures. Quiet. Rest your eyes on this.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank MissPriss234
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Could have spent all day here. The collection is jaw dropping, the amount of gold is staggering. All the exhibits have numbers and then at the bottom of each glass case the numbers are explained. Really excellent. The lay out is beautifully done and this...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sue T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unfortunately, it would seem that many of Bulgaria's treasures were palmed by the Soviet Union, so you won't see anything spectacular, but some of the seasonal exhibitions are really quite good. We got to see the photographic works of Nadar. Check before you go.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank LuisSilveiro
Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

The collection of human history in the museum is impressive, but if you don't have much time, visit the treasure exhibition :-)

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

come to the museum on the last sunday of October and glad to know it’s free. the treasury room on the upper floor have interesting collection. good to spend an hour in it.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Phy454
Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

This is a must for a tourist. The history of Bulgaria and Europe is seen here.You need more than an hour here.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 3SEse7
Reviewed October 14, 2018

The museum is located in an ancient mosque. It is not huge but contains some stunning artifacts, in particular Thracian golden masks, objects and jewelry. There are also beautiful roman sculptures and beautiful byzantine frescoes. The terrace of the restaurant outside the museum is very...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Joel P
Reviewed October 14, 2018

The museum is interesting, but for me the archeological museums of Plovdiv and Varna were a bit better. The treassury shows little gold but more pottery

Date of experience: September 2018
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