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“Worth a visit” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of National Museum of History

National Museum of History
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Sofia Full-Day Tour
Ranked #17 of 160 things to do in Sofia
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Owner description: The National Museum of History has the most impressive collection of national treasures and is the largest museum in Bulgaria. Through more than 650,000 artifacts – Thracian gold and silver, pottery, icons, art & jewelry, mosaics – it tells the story of the European civilization from the dawn of times to the modernity. With focus on the 1300 years history of the Bulgarian state, the museum is a must-see attraction to visit while in Sofia. Closed on national holidays - 1 Jan, 24, 25 Dec.
Prague, Czech Republic
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

Intresting museum outside of the city center. You can grab trolley No2 and get off at the last stop. Very intresting collection of historic artifacts, from gold treasures to folk costumes, military and theatical exhibits, you can find important memorabilia from Bulgaria's old and recent history.

Visited November 2013
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Clisson, France
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“All that glitters is not gold”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

This museum is worth the ride out from the centre of Sofia to see the building, itself of considerable architectural interest. It houses a mixed collection of artifacts from the Bulgarian area, including some of the world-famous Thracian gold treasures. Don't expect, however, to see these, as they are not always on display. This November, the major finds were all elsewhere, with some shown as replicas. In fact, a visit to the Archaeological Museum in the centre of the city is more rewarding if it is the Thracian work that you wish to see.

Visited November 2013
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New Delhi, India
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94 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Not so impressive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

The building is more imposing than the display inside. Along with Boyana Church entrance the ticket costed 12 Lev. I found the display drab and not so rhythmic. The information is not consistently available in English. Shall recommend a visit only if you have time to kill.

Visited October 2013
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Brno, Czech Republic
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Panaguriste gold treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

Museum is located about 10 kilometers from the city center . The exhibition contains interesting artefacts about the history of Bulgaria, including the very rare golden treasure - Panaguriste gold treasure.
We recommend to buy a combined ticket for the Boyana Church and National Museum of History.

Visited September 2013
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“Good for a rainy day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

I would have given it a 5 star review if it wasn't so far from the city centre. It is a must see if you are into cultural tourism.

Visited July 2013
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