Famous Museums in Sofia

The museums in Sofia give the very essence of its citizens and rich culture. If you are looking for something deeper and more meaningful, head to the museums in city. Explore the cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical side of Sofia with these museums.
We have curated a variety of the best and free museums in city, besides the usual arts or historical ones. Explore and engage yourself with the wonders of science at the museum of science in Sofia. Get fascinated by the exceptional stories of heroes at war museums or memorials. You can go wow with your kids at the Natural history museums or enjoy some time at children's museums in Sofia.
Check out this list for an entertaining and enlightening trip to the museums in Sofia.

Let's explore the finest collection of museums in Sofia:

  1. Boyana Church

    4.5 (1045 Votes)
    Boyana Church

    Art And Culture, Church, Religious Site, Museum

    When this church’s was first built in the 11th century at the foot of Mt Vitosha, no one could have predicted how important it would become. At that time, only the eastern building stood. Later, when a two story structure was erected next to it in the 13th century. It’s walls were painted with frescoes – these are now some of the most important Eastern European medieval painti...Read more
  2. Saint Sofia Church

    4.7 (1265 Votes)
    Saint Sofia Church

    Church, Religious Site, Museum, History Museum

    Though overshadowed in size by the nearby Alexander Nevski church, the Saint Sophia church is far more important to the city’s history. It was built in the 6th century on the site of some even older churches, and an ancient necropolis. During its hay-days in the 14th century, the church’s fame was so great that it conferred it’s own name to the city – the city of Serdika...Read more
  3. National Institute Of Archaeology With Museum

    Museum, Educational Site, Statue, Specialty Museum

    Housed in the oldest remaining Ottoman building in Sofia, the museum’s artefacts cover objects from Palaeolithic to Medieval Ages. The finds cover the rise of the Thracian and Odrysian kingdoms; there are necropolis artefacts such astombstones, statues of idols, ceramics from Pontia (now Sozopol) and Odessos (now Varna); Greek and Roman Sculptures; a copy of the Madara Horseman sculpture ...Read more
  4. National Museum Of History

    4.5 (777 Votes)
    National Museum Of History

    Museum, History Museum, Exhibition , Specialty Museum

    This is the largest history museum in the Balkans in terms of the size of the collection – it has over 700,000 items. The museum covers 8000 years of Bulgarian history over five specialised halls. Exhibits are chronological – Prehistory, Thracian, Middle Ages, and The Second and Third Bulgarian Empires. The museum is also famous for it’s ancient and medieval coin collection, t...Read more
  5. Museum Of Socialist Art

    4 (704 Votes)
    Museum Of Socialist Art

    Art Museum, Museum, Specialty Museum

    Bulgaria doesn’t really have a museum of communism like so many other eastern European countries do, but this great gallery of socialist art more than makes up for that. It’s divided into two sections – a large outdoors sculpture park, and indoors paintings and fine arts gallery, including some propaganda films. There’s no sign highlighting the gallery. It’s in the...Read more
  6. National Museum Of Military History

    Museum, Military Museum, History Museum, Specialty Museum

    This is one of the best military museums in the world. It was founded in 1916, and in the last 100 years, has collected almost a million items of Bulgarian and European military history. The exhibition has three parts – the outdoors, the permanent, and the miscellaneous. Outdoors – 250 examples of military artillery, aviation equipment, and marine equipment including missiles and mi...Read more
  7. National Museum Of Natural History

    Museum, Exhibition , Specialty Museum, Natural History Museum

    This museum really went all out – 400 mammals, 1200 birds, hundreds of thousands of insects and 25% of the world’s mineral species. There’s also a hall dedicated to reptiles and amphibians, another to fishes, yet another to palaeontology (fossils), and a last one to plants. All told there are 16 exhibitions halls covering floor floors, and if this is your kind of fun, the muse...Read more
  8. National Art Gallery

    4.4 (536 Votes)
    National Art Gallery

    Art Museum, Art Gallery, Library, Exhibition

    This is Bulgaria’s most important collection of art. It begins right from the 4th century, with many religious icons, and continues on to the Age of Bulgarian Revival in the 18th and 19th centuries. There’s also a large contemporary and modern art collection of paintings, graphics, and sculptures. The masterpieces of some of Bulgaria’s greatest artists - Vladimir Dimitrov &nda...Read more
  9. Ethnographic Institute With Museum

    Art And Culture, Museum, Observatory, Palace

    The museum is famous for its collection of pastoral woodcarving from the 19th and 20th centuries. Most of these are household items, but you’ll also find musical instruments, furniture and decoratives. There is a lovely embroidery collection with a significant folkloric influence. Most of the museum focuses on describing Bulgarian traditional life, during weekdays and weekends. The buildi...Read more
  10. Bulevard Vasil Levski 81, бул. Васил Левски 81, 1000 София, Bulgaria