We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

National Institute of Archaeology with Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 - 18:00
Open today: 10:00 - 18:00
Book In Advance
All photos (444)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“thracian gold”(14 reviews)
“bronze age”(10 reviews)
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
Closed Now
Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
See all hours
2 Saborna St, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
+359 2 988 2406
Ways to Experience National Institute of Archaeology with Museum
from US$114,80
More Info
from US$31,10
More Info
from US$99,20
More Info
from US$122,00
More Info
Reviews (509)
Filter reviews
285 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsthracian goldbronze agegreek and romanmillion yearstreasure roomexcellent collectionpre historygold objectsupper gallerytreasury roomiron agemain hallmedieval timesarchaeological findsgreat exhibitsmiddle agescouple of hours
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 285 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Alexander O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank Pepperjackm
Reviewed 14 August 2018

very interesting museum. a lot of artifacts, a rich history. we spent time with a company of 7 people, there were also children from 3 years old, everyone liked it. it's all very interesting, the artifacts are lined up over time intervals. I recommend that...More

1  Thank Milena_kamyshanskaya
Reviewed 11 August 2018

We decided to try the guided tour at the museum. Cost was 50bgn for 3 of us. We got a personal (n English) tour of the key displays. Super informative, far more explanations than reading the item labels. Tour scheduled for 1.5 hours, ours took...More

1  Thank Peterawolfe
Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

It’s in the center of the city. The formal exhibition is not very big but it’s ok. The only really bad thing with this place is that it’s a little bit abandoned. It’s need a renovation.

Thank Giwrgos P
Reviewed 2 July 2018

This is a very good museum specializing in Thracian, Roman, and Ancient Greek artifacts, although it also contains Byzantine icons and a few Ottoman relics. The Thracian golden mask is a highlight, along with the prehistoric statues. Inside a former Ottoman mosque.

Thank Nicole B
Reviewed 2 July 2018

If you are a nerd, history lover or anything in between you will love this place! Don't underestimate this little museum. It might look small at first glance, but we managed to spend over 3h there - rushing in the end, as our heads could...More

Thank Leila M
Reviewed 1 July 2018

When in the center of Sofia one will not overlook the former Koca Mahmut Pasha Camii, built in the 15th century and during Ottoman times the largest mosque in town. With Bulgarian independence and the departure of many moslems the building was turned into the...More

1  Thank saronic
Reviewed 1 June 2018

The main room is a broad open space with a range of archeological delights that are up to a few thousand years old. I also learned more about the Thracian civilisation - not a part of my previously acquired historical knowledge! Upstairs in the side...More

1  Thank JPH1984
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 135 hotels in Sofia
Cedar Lodge 3
7 reviews
.03 km away
Rila Hotel Sofia
278 reviews
.19 km away
Sofia Hotel Balkan, a Luxury Collection Hotel
1 251 reviews
.20 km away
Grand Hotel Sofia
1 184 reviews
.31 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 1 311 restaurants in Sofia
Rainbow Factory
375 reviews
.25 km away
Art Club Museum
190 reviews
.06 km away
Capo Mediterranean Restaurant
72 reviews
.14 km away
Grand Cafe
22 reviews
.27 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 549 attractions in Sofia
Ivan Vazov National Theater
283 reviews
.25 km away
Saint Nedelja Church
453 reviews
.26 km away
The Rotunda of St George (Sveti Georgi)
1 344 reviews
.11 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from National Institute of Archaeology with Museum staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines