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National Institute of Archaeology with Museum

2 Saborna St, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
+359 2 988 2406
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The National Institute of Archaeology with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences covers the complete study of the culture of tribes and peoples who have occupied present day Bulgaria from the remote past until the 18th century. The Museum of Archaeology hosts the most numerous collections in Bulgaria and its exhibitions reveal it as one of the most important centers in the country for promotion of the cultural heritage of present day Bulgaria. NIAM-BAS was established in 1949 as a follower and successor of the Department of Valuables - part of the Library established in Sofia in 1879 and reformed into a National Museum in 1892 - and the Bulgarian Institute of Archaeology (1921), which was the first academic institute in Bulgaria.
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2 Saborna St, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
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"thracian gold"
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"stone age"
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"greek and roman"
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"treasure room"
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"excellent collection"
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"pre history"
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"upper gallery"
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"medieval times"
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"gold objects"
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"main hall"
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"great exhibits"
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"archaeological finds"
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"huge collection"
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"couple of hours"
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"middle ages"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I suppose that it's one of those things you have to do when visiting Sofia, but this really is a disappointing museum. The collection is neither large, nor interesting, nor well curated, nor well explained. In many ways, the most interesting aspect of the museum...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was really looking forward to visiting but unfortunately was disappointed. For those that have previous knowledge of the exhibits and their history this must be wonderful. However, if, like me you are looking to expand your knowledge then I found the exhibitions very lacking...More

Thank Lee D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museuem is really about Archaeology and younger children would get bored. There is stone pieces from before BC and after AD.Mostley Roman , it is still intresting how they have lasted all these centriues. Just a warning , when you go near the paintings...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First, visit here and everything else falls into place; beautifully representative collection some of which is unforgettable late Pleistocene. Thracian masterpieces exceed and predate Greek.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love to travel (family of 4 from the Netherlands) and we took the opportunity to travel to Sofia this spring. That raised some eyebrows, but we now know that Sofia (and Bulgaria) is an excellent travel destination with lovely weather, friendly people, tasty food...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the oldest museum in Bulgaria (1892). It also occupies one of the oldest buildings in Sofia - Buyuk Mosque erected in the 15th century. The museum collection includes the remains of pre-historic, Thracian, Greek, Roman, and Bulgarian settlements. Also contains the world famous...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A really good representation of the history of Bulgaria. The exhibits, although not as much as larger countries, are very good. Worth your time...

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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

Well presented large collection of various archaeological treats including treasure on the top level. Plenty of space to see exhibits without crowding, good amount of descriptions listed alongside the exhibits.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

a real gem of a museum that takes you through the extensive human history of the region the kids loved it!

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

It encapsulates the diverse influences on Bulgaria, with Roman, Greek and Ottoman artefacts, with some fascinating and priceless articles in the Treasury like a gold Roman laurel crown. Well worth a visit.

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