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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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Park Hotel & SPA Boyana $50
Park Hotel & SPA Boyana

Park Hotel & SPA Boyana

18 'Vitoshko Lale' Str., District Boyana, Sofia, Sofia
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Vitosha District, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of National Museum of History, Vitosha Blvd, and Vitoshka Boulevard. Military Medical Academy is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

    All Seasons Residence Hotel $84
    All Seasons Residence Hotel

    All Seasons Residence Hotel

    Sborishte Square 4, Boyana Discrict, Sofia
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Vitosha District, this luxury hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from National Museum of History and within 6 mi (10 km) of National Palace of Culture and Vasil Levski Stadium. Saint Nedelya Church and Russian Church are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Castelo Di San Marino
      Castelo Di San Marino

      Castelo Di San Marino

      22 KARAMFIL STR.,, Sofia, Sofia-city
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Vitosha District, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from National Museum of History and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Mount Vitosha. National Palace of Culture and Vasil Levski Stadium are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Earth and People Hotel & Spa $52
        Earth and People Hotel & Spa

        Earth and People Hotel & Spa

        27 Okolovrasten Pat, Sofia
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in rayon Triaditsa, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of National Museum of History, Vitoshka Boulevard, and Borisova Gradina Park. Vitosha Blvd and Tokuda Hospital are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Hotel Villa Boyana $44
          Hotel Villa Boyana

          Hotel Villa Boyana

          square Sborishte 5, Sofia
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Vitosha District, this ski hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from National Museum of History and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Mount Vitosha. National Palace of Culture and Vasil Levski Stadium are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Lyuben's Charming Flat
            Lyuben's Charming Flat

            Lyuben's Charming Flat

            Sofia, Sofia-city
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Vitosha District, this apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from National Museum of History and 3 mi (4.9 km) from National Palace of Culture. Vitosha Blvd and Vitoshka Boulevard are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Snug Apartment at foot of mountain
              Snug Apartment at foot of mountain

              Snug Apartment at foot of mountain

              Podgramada 14, Sofia, Sofia Capital Municipality
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Vitosha District, this apartment building is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from National Museum of History and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Mount Vitosha. National Palace of Culture and Vasil Levski Stadium are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Small but Very Cozy Apartament. Wonderful for two People
                Small but Very Cozy Apartament. Wonderful for two People

                Small but Very Cozy Apartament. Wonderful for two People

                Sofia, Sofia-city
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Vitosha District, this apartment building is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from National Museum of History and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Mount Vitosha. National Palace of Culture and Vasil Levski Stadium are also within 6 mi (10 km).