National Institute of Archaeology with Museum

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National Institute of Archaeology with Museum

National Institute of Archaeology with Museum
4.5
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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 Archaeology hosts the most numerous collections in Bulgaria and its exhibitions reveal it as one of the most important centers in the country for promotion of the cultural heritage of present day Bulgaria. NIAM-BAS was established in 1949 as a follower and successor of the Department of Valuables - part of the Library established in Sofia in 1879 and reformed into a National Museum in 1892 - and the Bulgarian Institute of Archaeology (1921), which was the first academic institute in Bulgaria.
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seanyg
Basel, Switzerland467 contributions
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We spent more than two hours with an excellent English speaking archaeologist who provided a fascinating tour through the ages of this small museum, packed full of artefacts. The museum has many interesting pieces from the Upper Paleolithic period onwards, especially the Copper, Bronze through to the Thracian and Roman eras. Our guide was patient, professional and provided excellent commentary throughout and freely answered our questions. Highly recommended.
Written July 9, 2022
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Rosanna
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This museum is absolutely stunning! It has all sorts of artefacts, dating all the way back to the 14th century AD. I was particularly struck by the amount of jewels and treasures they have. A lovely lady was also very helpul and offered explanations. 10/10 wouuld recommend.
Pro tip: entrance is free every last sunday of the month
Written July 29, 2021
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fjane84
Island of Malta, Malta660 contributions
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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.
Written February 24, 2020
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David M
Canterbury, UK696 contributions
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!
Written March 12, 2020
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Brian P
Lodz Province, Poland500 contributions
Friends
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.
Written January 29, 2020
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Martin A
Sofia, Bulgaria27 contributions
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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.
Written January 26, 2020
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Giwrgos P
Vrilissia, Greece132 contributions
It’s in the center of the city. The formal exhibition is not very big but it’s ok. The only really bad thing with this place is that it’s a little bit abandoned. It’s need a renovation.
Written July 5, 2018
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,172 contributions
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This archaeological museum has put good use to a former Ottoman mosque, the largest and oldest in Sofia. Built in 1474, the building has a huge former prayer hall beneath nine domes, which provides a perfect open-plan showcase for ancient sculpture (medieval, Greek and Roman). I found this spacious hall on the main floor to be a wonderful place to look at exhibits. The side rooms, beyond massive arches, feature various objects that date between 1,600,000 B.C. and 1600 B.C. There are labels in English.

The second floor has galleries that look down on the space below and include medieval icons. A mezzanine room features ancient Thracian treasures. The most famous is a gold burial mask of a Thracian king that dates to the late 5th-century B.C. The mask was crafted from a 1-pound, 8-ounce piece of solid gold and is simply exquisite.

I think this museum is a "must-see" for anyone interested in archaeology or architecture. Try to time a visit near the top of the hour to catch the changing of the honor guard in front of the Presidency across the street. Note the tall feather on each guard's helmet.
Written July 17, 2015
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Miltiadis Ch
Athens, Greece65 contributions
The artifacts are mainly from ancient Greek and Roman period, besides several others from the Byzantine one. You pay only in cash (10 leva), not by credit card. There is an English explanations below each item but there isn't any brochure in English. I noticed many more interesting items compared to my earlier visit years ago, for example the hall of the golden jewels. I enjoyed it very much, except from the fact that I was not permitted to take photos with my professional camera.
Written October 7, 2019
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Suman Nazmul H
Chittagong City, Bangladesh223 contributions
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The National Institute of Archeology and Museum (In Bulgarian: Национален археологически музей, Natsionalen arheologicheski muzey) is a museum in the Sofia city centre. It occupies the building of the largest mosque of the city established during Ottoma era originally known as Koca Mahmut Paşa Camii. The construction of this beautiful mosque was started in 1451 under Grand Vizier Veli Mehmut Pasha. It was  completed in 1494.
The museum was established as a separate entity in 1893 as the Bulgarian national museum with its headquarters in the former mosque. The mosque building also housed the National Library between 1880 and 1893.
The museum was officially inaugurated in 1905, as by then all archaeological exhibits previously kept all over the city were moved here. The museum has 5 major sections and it is managed by the academy of sciences.

Written October 1, 2019
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