Museums in Sofia

Sofia's museums are almost exclusively Bulgaria-oriented and are aimed at chronicling the conflicting fortunes of this once great empire, the peoples that have passed through it from Thracians through Greeks, Romans and Turks, and the lives of the Bulgarians themselves in recent centuries. They can provide a fascinating insight into the Balkan Peninsula, and entrance fees are laughably low so there's no excuse not to visit them.


NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM

16, Vitoshko Lale 1618 Sofia, Bulgaria
Tel: (+359 2) 955 42 80 ; 955 42 90 ; 955 76 04
Fax: (+359 2) 955 76 02
Working time: 09.30 - 18.30; No day off

Director: Assoc.Prof. Bozhidar Dimitrov, PhD
E-Mail: info@historymuseum.org
URL: http://www.historymuseum.org
(since 20 January 2000)

Founded in 1973. Since 1979 Museum is located in the building of the Courts of Justice. Since 2000 Museum is located in the bilding of Residence "Bojana",Bojana village of Sofia. About 22.000 exhibits are displayed in 32 halls, arranged in an area of ca. 10.000 sq.m. National History Museum posseses over 600.000 cultural artifacts of over one fifth of all registered artefacts in Bulgaria.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

2, Saborna St. Tel: (+359 2) 882 406
Working time: 10.00 - 12.00/ 14.00 - 18.00; Closed on Mondays.

Email: naim@naim.bg
URL: http://www.naim.bg

Remains of Thracian, Greek and Roman settlements in the ivy-clad 15th century 'Buyuk(Big)Mosque'.

THE EARTH AND MAN MUSEUM

Tcherni Vrah Blvd. 4 , 1420 Sofia, Bulgaria; Tel: (+359 2) 865 6639 ; Fax: (+359 2) 866 1455;
Director: Assoc. Prof. Mihail Maleev , PhD , Chief curator: Petko Petrov
Working time: 10.00h - 18.00h; Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

E-Mail: emnmuseum@mail.bg
URL:http://earthandman.org

Founded in 1986. Over 20,000 exhibits are on display, divided into six sections: Giant Crystals, Minerals of the Earth, Industrial Minerals, Raw Material Sources of Bulgaria, Gems, New Materials. The museum also holds art exhibitions and classical music evenings, which are noted in our cultural supplement.

NATIONAL NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd. 1, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria; Tel (+359 2) 987 41 95 ; 988 51 15 ext. operator;
Director: Assoc. Prof. Peter Beron, PhD;
Working time: 10.00 - 18.00; No day off; except 1 January, 3 March and 25 December

E-mail: beron@nmnh.bas.bg
URL:http://www.nmnhs.com/

The museum was founded in 1889 and opened to visitors in 1907. Nowadays the museum has three major sections: Geology, Zoology and Botany. Apart from several meteorites, the 'Earth and Space' exhibition features unique lunar samples and an impressive dinosaur skeleton. A special exhibition shows live pythons, crocodiles, and iguanas.

ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM

6A, Moskovska St. Tel: (+359 2) 987 4191 ; Fax: (+359 2) 980 1162
Working time: 10.30h - 17.30h; Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

E-Mail: ethno@ibn.bg
URL:http://hs41.iccs.bas.bg/etb/et1.htm

The museum displays folk costumes, fabrics, jewelry,wood cuttings, hammered ironwork, etc. A small craft shop sells crafts, costumes and musical instruments from all over Bulgaria. In the former Royal Palace on Tsar Osvohoditel Blvd., along with the National Art Gallery.

THE ALEXANDER NEVSKY CRYPT

1, St. Alexander Nevsky, Sq. Tel: (+359 2) 877 697
Working time: 10.30 - 12.30/14.00 - 18.30; Closed on Tuesdays.

The crypt museum was founded in 1965 and contains items from the very beginnings of Bulgarian iconography (the end of the 9th century) until the end of the 19th century. All stages of the Bulgarian iconography school are represented in a collection of 1500 items.

THE NATIONAL POLYTEHCNICAL MUSEUM

66 Opalchenska str., Bulgaria 1303, Tel: (+359 2) 9318018, 9324062, 9313004
Fax: +3592/ 931 40 36 ;
Email: polytechnic@abv.bg
URL: http://www.polytechnicmuseum.org/index.php?lang=en

THE NATIONAL CURCH and HISTORY MUSEUM

19 St.Nedelia square, Bulgaria, phone: (+359 2) 988 1343

THE MUSEUM of SOFIA

27 Exsarh Yosiff str.,Bulgaria, phone: (+359 2) 983 3755, 983 5351

THE SYNAGOGUE in SOFIA

URL: http://www.sofiasynagogue.com/index.php?lang=en

THE BOYANA CHURCH "NATIONAL MUSEUM"

1-3 Boyansko Ezero St. Sofia 1616,Bulgaria, Tel: (+359 2) 959 0939, 959 2963
Fax: +359 2/ 959 2966 ;
Email: nmbc@nmbc.orbitel.bg

URL: http://www.boyanachurch.org/indexen.htm

THE MUSEUM PETKO and PENCHO SLAVEYKOVI"

Rakovsky str. 138. Sofia 1000,Bulgaria, Tel: (+359 2) 987 19 45
Email: office@museumslaveykovi.org; nlmuseum@abv.bg

MUSEUM of SOFIA UNIVERSITY

Executive Director: Assoc. Prof. CVETA TODOROVA, PhD
Rectorate, North wing, 5th floor
Phone: (+359 2) 9308 558; 986 16 80
E-mail: museum@uni-sofia.bg
URL: http://www.uni-sofia.bg/index.php/bul/universitet_t/muzei/muzej_na_su/
Working time: Tuesday - Thursday, 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

MUSEUM of MINERALOGY, PETROLOGY and MINERAL RESOURCES
of SOFIA UNIVERSITY

Corator: ELENA NEYKOVA
Rectorate, South Wing, Floor 5
Phone: (+359 2) 9308 312
E-mail:
min_museum@gea.uni-sofia.bg
URL:http://www.uni-sofia.bg/index.php/bul/universitet_t/muzei/muzej_po_mineralogiya_petrologiya_i_polezni_izkopaemi>
Open: Monday to Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM of MILITARY HISTORY
Bulgaria, 1505, Sofia, 92 Cherkovna Str.
Phone: +359 2/ 946 1805; Fax: + 359 2/ 946 1806
E-mail: m.museum@bol.bg
URL: http://www.militarymuseum.bg/
Working hours:
Exhibition: Wednesday Sunday from 10.00h. to 18.00h.
Administration: Monday Friday from 8.30h. to 17.30h.

Sofia ART GALLERY
1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Sofia 1000
(entrance from Kniaz Al. Batenberg Str.)
URL: http://sghg.bg/newsite/index.php?lg=en
phone: +0359 2 9872181

NATIONAL ART GALLERY
1, Gen. Gurko Str. Address: Gen. Gurko 1 (entrance from the street "Knyaz Al.I)
Phone: +359 2 987 2181
Hours: 10:00 to 17:30, Thursday until 19.00, every day - Monday
last Tuesday of the month - Free day
Prices: adults - BGN 4, students and pensioners - BGN 2
URL: http://www.geology.bas.bg/sgg.html

NATIONAL GALLERY FOR FOREIGN ART
Address: 1000 Sofia, "St.Aleksander Nevsky" Square,1, "19 february" str.
Phone: +359 2 988 4922 ,980 7262
Hours: Free entrance last Monday of the month; Closed on Tuesday; Opened 11-18.30h.
last Tuesday of the month - Free day
Prices: Adults - 6.00 lv. ; For school and university students - 3.00 lv.
Email: ngfa@abv.bg
URL: http://www.foreignartmuseum.bg/en/index.html


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