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National Institute of Archaeology with Museum

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“thracian gold”(14 reviews)
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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...more
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2 Saborna St, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 17 July 2015

This archaeological museum has put good use to a former Ottoman mosque, the largest and oldest in Sofia. Built in 1474, the building has a huge former prayer hall beneath nine domes, which provides a perfect open-plan showcase for ancient sculpture (medieval, Greek and Roman)....More

4  Thank Rumples
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

Bulgaria is the third richest country in Europe in terms of archaological finds. It's a fact. That's why I was astonished to see this small museum, showing mainly Roman antiquities on the first floor, some icoms (! ?) on the second and some gold in...More

2  Thank 823milend
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All reviews thracian gold bronze age greek and roman million years treasure room excellent collection pre history treasury room gold objects iron age main hall medieval times archaeological finds great exhibits middle ages couple of hours large collection
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The collection of human history in the museum is impressive, but if you don't have much time, visit the treasure exhibition :-)

1  Thank svetlyo_sv
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

come to the museum on the last sunday of October and glad to know it’s free. the treasury room on the upper floor have interesting collection. good to spend an hour in it.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must for a tourist. The history of Bulgaria and Europe is seen here.You need more than an hour here.

Thank 3SEse7
Reviewed 14 October 2018

The museum is located in an ancient mosque. It is not huge but contains some stunning artifacts, in particular Thracian golden masks, objects and jewelry. There are also beautiful roman sculptures and beautiful byzantine frescoes. The terrace of the restaurant outside the museum is very...More

Thank Joel P
Reviewed 14 October 2018

The museum is interesting, but for me the archeological museums of Plovdiv and Varna were a bit better. The treassury shows little gold but more pottery

Thank woaqzo
Reviewed 6 October 2018

We were told that if you only visit one museum in Sofia, this should be it. Nicely laid out museum that is not overwhelming and housing a nice collection of antiquities back to Thracian times. Especially impressive are the solid gold relics in the vault...More

1  Thank QCern
Reviewed 2 October 2018

To see the local history from more than 7000 years ago, that´s the place to go. Very well organized, clean and clear. A lot of articles exposed from different periods of history.

1  Thank Zornitsa A
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Visited this interesting museum that houses some rather unique artifacts that I haven't seen anywhere else. As a Roman history and Architecture enthusiast, I was struck by the various items ranging from the Neolithic period to the Thracian to the Roman and beyond. You can...More

1  Thank Michael C
Reviewed 10 September 2018

The museum has a small, yet really impressive collection of art and objects from Thracian, Hellenic, Roman, and Bulgarian periods, as well as other objects dating back to the Bronze age. It is only two floors but the quality of the exhibits is really a...More

1  Thank Alexander O
Reviewed 7 September 2018

Pre-history from 1.6 million years ago to 1600 BC; Thracian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Bulgarian, and Ottoman cultures. Gold, silver, bronze, copper, stone, bone, rock, sculptures, weapons, currency, jewelry, religious paintings, ikons, etc. From funeral masks from many era's to headstones.

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