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  • Address: Vitoshko lale 16 str., Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Hours: Open daily April-Oct 9:30am-6pm; Nov-March daily 9am-5:30pm
  • Admission: 10 lv, free the last Monday of each month

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National Museum of History Tours

Founded in 1973, the National Museum of History in Sofia is Bulgaria’s largest museum. Housed in the former residence of dictator Todor Zhikov, the museum has more than 650,000 objects, although only about ten percent are on display. The main exhibition is spread throughout five halls. The first covers the development and culture of the people who lived on Bulgarian lands as early as the 6th millennium B.C. The second hall continues that theme, focusing on the end of the 6th century B.C. to the 6th century A.D. In the third hall, visitors see exhibits on the Bulgarian State in the Middle Ages and in the fourth hall, the focus shifts to the period of Ottoman rule, from 1396 to 1878. The fifth hall showcases the Third Bulgarian Kingdom, from 1878 to 1946.

Items on display include a variety of weapons, traditional costumes, furniture, tools and household objects, coins, artwork, documents and photos. The museum courtyard showcases a collection of Greek, Roman and Byzantine columns and monuments from various periods.

Practical Info

The National History Museum is in the center of Sofia, easily accessible from many tourist hotels. It can also be reached by taking bus number 63 or 111, or trolley number 2. A gift shop sells souvenirs and informational materials. The ticket office closes 45 minutes before the museum closing time.

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National Museum of History Entrance Ticket in Sofia, Sofia, null
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National Museum of History Entrance Ticket in Sofia

Enjoy a visit to Bulgaria's largest historical museum on the Balkans Peninsula.  The National Museum of History was established on May 5, 1973. It houses over ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 1 to 3 hrs

From USD $8.25
Full-Day Sofia Tour: Boyana Church, National History Museum, Banya Bashi Mosque, Sofia, Attraction ... 
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Full-Day Sofia Tour: Boyana Church, National History Museum, Banya Bashi Mosque

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Take a full-day tour of all the notable sites in Sofia. The tour begins with a pickup from your hotel, and concludes at the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, so a ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.31
Vitosha Mountain Hike with Bulgarian Food Tasting Private Tour from Sofia, Sofia, Full-day Tours
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Vitosha Mountain Hike with Bulgarian Food Tasting Private Tour from Sofia

This is a Private Tour so you will not be combined with other people besides those in your reservation - there will be a private car and a private driver- ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.22

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