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National Institute of Archaeology with Museum

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National Institute of Archaeology with Museum

597 Reviews
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David M wrote a review Mar 2020
Canterbury, United Kingdom590 contributions194 helpful votes
The five of us old school friends visited Sofia 26th February to 02 March and decided to see this excellent Museum. Some amazing exhibits from pottery 7000 years old to beautiful 14th C icons . There was a special room (vault on the second floor) with wonderful Gold and Silver items. Amazing and I fully recommend coming to this treasure!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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fjane84 wrote a review Feb 2020
Island of Malta, Malta616 contributions141 helpful votes
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This old mosque was converted into the museum and itself is interesting. This archeology museum has a whole host of prehistoric, Thracian, Roman and medieval items. The highlights being of course the Thracian treasures. There are also excellent decorated Roman tomb stones, mosaics, statues and prehistoric decorated pottery. Unfortunately the layout is very haphazard with no instruction on where to start first. Annoyingly little info is given to explain the items except a vague title. E.g "grave goods". Little effort made to engage you with the time periods and labels were unhelpful, giving only the century, but not whether it is Roman or Thracian for example. The temporary exhibit upstairs showed the results of recent excavations, but sadly there were no English translations. Overall worth visiting for the items, but more could be done to organise the museum. Plovdiv archeological museum is much better. 1 toilet for all visitors and there is a locker room for bags.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Brian P wrote a review Jan 2020
Manama, Bahrain487 contributions21 helpful votes
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It's such a shame that the beautiful artwork of a mosque was whitewashed to become a museum of antiquity. Fairly small museum but interesting all the same with some good pieces and exhibits. I would have love to read more about the building, witnessed some of its original artwork that you can see shinging through the cracked paintwork. 10lv entrance, ground floor is wheelchair friendly but second floor and side rooms are not. The main hall is too dark.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Martin A wrote a review Jan 2020
Sofia, Bulgaria26 contributions1 helpful vote
The first floor contains different items and artifacts found in the Balkans ( mostly new Bulgaria). Second floor has many icons from orthodox christian churches and dedicated rooms for ancient eras b. c. On the third floor you can see many gold items, artifacts and etc. Amazing items such as Rousete from Pliska ( made of bronze) can be seen as well.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Caroline wrote a review Jan 2020
15 contributions3 helpful votes
Building is an old mosque and almost makes up for the limited nature of the collection. Most of the artifacts have been discovered during the Serdika excavations.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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