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National Institute of Archaeology with Museum

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Address: ul.Saborna 2, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
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The National Institute of Archaeology with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy...

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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Impressive Treasures of Bulgaria

This Museum, housed in a former mosque, contains unbelievable archaeological finds of Bulgaria. Covers about 1 million years of human history, as it begins with stone age and... read more

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Silver City, New Mexico
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This Museum, housed in a former mosque, contains unbelievable archaeological finds of Bulgaria. Covers about 1 million years of human history, as it begins with stone age and proceeds though the various cultures that lived in Bulgaria, up to the Middle Ages. It essentially stops just before the Ottoman Turks seized control of the area at the end of the... More 

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have an interest in history and aren't expecting to be wowed by an interactive experience, this is a great museum to spend a couple of hours wandering around. Don't miss the various rooms off of the main hall and upper gallery. 10 LEV entry.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Housed in the building of the oldest mosque in Sofia, this is the oldest archeological museum in the city. The museum has a rich collection of archeological artifacts dating from 1,600,000 B. The Treasury is a must: It houses two famous Thracian treasures the Valchitran and Lukovit treasures, as well as Thracian artifacts discovered in the last 20 years, including... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really interesting museum in a cool building. Lots of artefacts with English descriptions arranged into different time periods. So many in fact that a number of the 'heavier' ones are pilled up outside the museum!

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this museum. The layout is very good and easy to make sure you see everything. For me, the prehistoric room was the highlight, Bulgaria is lucky to have such wonderful archaeology.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The ancient Thrace and ancient Bulgaria in general are on display in this comfortable and open museum. The museum is not pretentious and allows visitors to discover on their own time.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Going anywhere by metro, you will probably have encountered the excavations of ancient Serdika at the station. The ruins are remarkable in themselves but they are missing any form of human story.... now head to this museum and the everyday lives start to come forward - there's the spectacular gold 'treasure' exhibits, right down to the simple things like pots... More 

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Reviewed 16 April 2017

We spend over an hour in here with children ranging from 1.8yrs to 15yrs. Staff very helpful, museum very interesting, informative, wasn't busy on day we visited, a lot of history of Bulgaria and Europe. Well preserved artefacts, lots of beautiful pieces, rich history. A must see.

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Reviewed 15 April 2017

Interesting museum, with friendly welcome and information. Only spent an hour here as the children were not very interested in the artefacts. Lots to see inside and a family to key cost us (£5) equivalent. Toilet facilities and souvenir shop in the entrance.

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Ghent, Belgium
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

If you're interested in Thracian, Greek, Roman and Slavic history (and the influence of these cultures in the Balkans), or you want to get acquainted with it, then this is definitely the place to visit. Not a huge collection, but enough to cover the most important aspects (annotations provided in both Bulgarian and English). The treasury upstairs is really fascinating.... More 

Thank RomkaN

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