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National Historical Museum (Bulgaria)

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  • Sunday 09:30 - 18:00
  • Monday 09:30 - 18:00
  • Tuesday 09:30 - 18:00
  • Wednesday 09:30 - 18:00
  • Thursday 09:30 - 18:00
  • Friday 09:30 - 18:00
  • Saturday 09:30 - 18:00
The National Historical Museum (Национален исторически музей, Natsionalen istoricheski muzey) in Sofia is Bulgaria's largest museum. It was founded on 5 May 1973. A new representative exhibition was opened in the building of the Court of Justice on 2 March 1984, to commemorate the 13th centenary of the Bulgarian state. The museum was moved in 2000 to the former primary residence of the dictator and last communist leader Todor Zhivkov at Boyana, and currently contains over 650,000 objects connected to archaeology, fine arts, history and ethnography, although only 10% of them are permanently exhibited. The museum includes a cloakroom, cafe, library and souvenir shop. It undertakes professional conservation and restoration of historical monuments, authenticity investigations and expert valuation. Its collections comprise materials dating from prehistoric ages till the present. As of 2016, the museum's director is Dr. Bozhidar Dimitrov, a historian. Major excavated exhibits include: Valchitran Treasure Dabene Treasure Rogozen Treasure (part) Panagyurishte Treasure (either replicas or the real objects)
  • Nina Trankova

    4 days ago

    I highly recommend including a guided tour especially for your foreign guests. We took one in German language and my guests were fascinated from the Lady guide, it totally changed the way they approached the historical matter. Ask if the treasures are available because they are often replaced by replica because they are part of exhibition around the globe. Without the treasures it's not worth the time. My opinion.

  • Alexandra Zbuchea

    3 months ago

    The museum worth seeing. The history of the building is interesting, the collections are very rich. Nevertheless, the museum itself is a communist museum, with a nationalistic message. For instance, 4 centuries of history are almost not presented because Bulgaria was part of the Ottoman Empire... They only show the orthodox art remains from that period (calling it resistance?) and 4 ottoman plates (with no legend attached).

  • marina beneva

    3 months ago

    The NHM has a great location in the outskirts of Soria and amazing few to Vitosha mountain. There is a cafe i n the inner yard. If you like a trip to the mountain there is nice road that will take you to Beli mosteve and you can have a walk to Cherni vrah or to as far in the mountain as you feel like it. There is the Panorama road that offes a suberb few to Soria (at certain places). If you follow the road long w nenough you can go to Belchn bania and relax at the pool or visit ZarMali grad very near the resort.

  • Peter Rangelov

    5 months ago

    The architecture and history of the building itself is just as interesting if not more than the exhibits which are mostly mediocre, poorly explained and scattered randomly. There is an eerie, creepy (in a good way) feeling walking into this building which takes you back 50 years.

  • Ivan Atanasov

    a month ago

    A must, if you are coming sight seeing to Sofia. And if you are local, chances are, you have seen it more then a couple of times!