The ex-royal palace has been neglected for years. Of course it is no match to the grand palaces of the empires and kingdoms of Europe.But on the Balkans, it is something valuable. The staircase is rather impressive. The rooms are decorated in rococo style which I do not like in principle but this is my personal taste after all. As a museum, it is well organized and the building itself is renovated although the original architectural style is kept. After a visit there, go to the cafe at the back of the building which serves good tea and coffee in the peaceful garden with old trees--perfect on a hot day.
I was very glad that this renovated building opened with an exhibition of probably one of the best Bulgarian modern painters--Vladimir Dimitrov ( Maystora). His colorful paintings of village life ( especially his portraits of maidens) are one of my favourites and I think they may be of interest to foreigners as well.
The space of the gallery is very limited but at the moment a brand new museum of art is being built in the centre of Sofia, which will be enormous and which will present much more of Bulgarian artistic heritage.