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“Impressive building and garden”

National Museum of History
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$91.70*
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Sofia Full-Day Tour
Ranked #17 of 166 things to do in Sofia
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Penang Island, Malaysia
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35 reviews
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“Impressive building and garden”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

This museum is the palace of the former communist ruler located just on the outskirt of Sofia. There are three major halls of exhibition on two floors displaying historical artifects from three different eras.

Visited May 2014
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Burgas, Bulgaria
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12 reviews
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“Wonderful museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014

It has great exhibits and there is often some guest collection. Very impressive rooms, taking visitors through the history of Bulgaria. My only wish is they had a better gift shop :)

Visited April 2014
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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“Building Itself is worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2014

We made an unscheduled pit stop at the National Museum in order to see the Thracian exhibit. The Thracian gold items are out of this world in particular the gold drinking horns and the horse and chariot earring.

However what we did not expect to find was that the museum building itself was so interesting. It is classic socialist architecture with wide marble stair cases and a large modern mosaic. As you enter the room with the medieval items, you see a huge bank of windows looking out over the mountains.

Again, a recommended attraction while in Sofia.

Visited April 2014
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“Very good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

This museum is a must for history and archaeology students. Situated on the ring road just along from IKEA. Fascinating insight into the country by various galleries , right up to World War Two. Photography is permitted with permit from the ticket office for 5lev, entry 10 lev , takes a good two hours to go around . No all signs are in English so a guide is advantageous. Lots of jewellery and golden artefacts , some replicas!

Visited March 2014
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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“Great collections”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2014

The museum features great and exceptional historic collections. Definatelly a must to see! It might be a bit too far off the city but it is worth visting!

Visited February 2014
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