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National Museum of History

Discover a collection of artifacts that retrace the history of Bulgaria, from prehistory to today. Enjoy views of Mount Vitosha from the museum’s gardens.

A visit to the National Museum of History in Sofia is an insight into the history and culture of Bulgaria and its people. Spot ancient mosaics, centuries-old coin collections, tribal tools, historic weaponry, religious icons and royal regalia, among other objects. The National Museum of History has a collection of over half a million artifacts, making it one of the largest museums in the Balkans.

As you approach the museum take a moment to admire its impressive building, a classic example of Soviet-era architecture. Check out the Byzantine, Greek and Roman columns and the statues displayed around the outside of the building. Inside, you’ll find the exhibits displayed chronologically from Bulgaria’s prehistory to the present day.

Learn about the Thracians, the early inhabitants of southeastern Europe. View gold objects found at Panagyurishte and mosaics from Villa Armira, which are some of Bulgaria’s most famous archaeological findings. See a collection of antique coins from Medieval times.

Don’t miss the displays that retell the story of Bulgaria’s period under Ottoman rule and the country’s liberation in 1878. Find artifacts that relate to the country’s involvement in WWI, WWII and the Balkan Wars.

Situated in the picturesque park of Rezidentsia Boyana, the National Museum of History is less than a 20-minute drive from Sofia’s city center. There is a large free parking lot at the museum’s entrance. Public trolleybuses also stop at the museum. After visiting the exhibits, take some time to explore the scenic tree-lined garden. On a clear day you can enjoy superb views of Mount Vitosha.

The museum is open daily, except for selected public holidays. There is a nominal admission fee and guided tours in English are also available for an extra cost. Purchase a combined ticket to access Boyana Church and Zemen Monastery. Full details are available on the museum’s official website.


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Lodging Near National Museum of History

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Festa Sofia

Festa Sofia

83 Bulgaria Boulevard, Sofia
3.7
of 5, from 39 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a regional park, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of National Museum of History, Boyana Church, and National Palace of Culture. East Park Trade Centre and Expo 2000 Congress Centre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Hotel Berlin Park Vitosha

Hotel Berlin Park Vitosha

6 Tsvetna Str., Sofia
4.5
of 5, from 43 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Boyana Church and 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from National Museum of History. National Palace of Culture and Vasil Levski Stadium are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$60
Earth and People Hotel & Spa

Earth and People Hotel & Spa

27 Okolovrasten Pat, Sofia
3.8
of 5, from 9 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Sofia, this spa hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from National Museum of History and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Boyana Church. East Park Trade Centre and Sofia Zoo are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Anastasia Apart Hotel

Anastasia Apart Hotel

Slavovista Str. 51E, Sofia
4.4
of 5, from 26 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Sofia, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of National Museum of History, National Palace of Culture, and Boyana Church. Vasil Levski Stadium and Ivan Vazov National Theatre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$46
Forum Hotel

Forum Hotel

41 Tsar Boris III Blvd., Sofia
3.9
of 5, from 106 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Sofia, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of National Palace of Culture, Church of St. George, and Archaelogical Museum. Ivan Vazov National Theatre and Vasil Levski Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$42
Holiday Village Diplomat - Gloria Palace

Holiday Village Diplomat - Gloria Palace

sq. Gorna Banya, Sofia
3.6
of 5, from 31 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from National Museum of History and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Boyana Church. National Palace of Culture and Church of St. George are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Family Hotel Dalis

Family Hotel Dalis

BELI BREZI, BLOCK 16,, SOFIA
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Sofia, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of National Palace of Culture, National Museum of History, and Vasil Levski Stadium. Ivan Vazov National Theatre and Church of St. George are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$40
Hotel Geneva

Hotel Geneva

9 Balkandji Iovo Str, Sofia
3.6
of 5, from 14 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Sofia, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of National Palace of Culture, Church of St. George, and Archaelogical Museum. Ivan Vazov National Theatre and National Museum of History are also within 3 mi (5 km).