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National Museum of Military History, Sofia

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At National Museum of Military History, learn about the victories, the glory, and the heroism of the Bulgarian military. Over nearly 100 years, the museum has collected almost a million items related to Bulgarian and European military history. Browse through weaponry, rebel flags, uniforms, insignia, medals of honor, and an impressive collection of Soviet-made military hardware. See dioramas of Bulgarian military participation in the two World Wars and in other military campaigns up to the present day. Keep an eye out for weapons from the imperial collections of Prince Alexander I of Battenberg, Tsar Ferdinand, and Tsar Boris III. The facility includes a library and a computer center. Use our Sofia trip builder to arrange your visit to National Museum of Military History and other attractions in Sofia.
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  • The park outside was cool, on the inside there wasn’t much to see and no translation to English. (Staff also barely understood us). 
    The park outside was cool, on the inside there wasn’t much to see and no translation to English. (Staff also barely understood us).  more »
  • There are lots of tanks, planes and artillery pieces on outdoor display, mostly from the post WW2 era but there are a few German, Czech and French tanks which the Bulgarian army also used. The indoor....  more
    There are lots of tanks, planes and artillery pieces on outdoor display, mostly from the post WW2 era but there are a few German, Czech and French tanks which the Bulgarian army also used. The indoor....  more »
  • Awesome day out on a badly advertised gem in sofia Ended up spending 5 hours here and it knocks the spots of the imperial War museum in London Very cheap Mass of exhibits Great day out 
    Awesome day out on a badly advertised gem in sofia Ended up spending 5 hours here and it knocks the spots of the imperial War museum in London Very cheap Mass of exhibits Great day out  more »
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  • Great museum! No entry fee, and all the big tanks etc are just outside and you can walk freely around them. Very much appreciated going inside the main building to see the exhibits afterwards, as there was air conditioning. Nice staff gave directions to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I suggest bringing a bottle of water, if visiting during the summer. There isn’t much shade in the outside area.
  • Great museum with a lot of exhibits outside. Great military history of Bulgaria and all exhibits have fantastic English translation! Would definitely recommend if you’re a military/weapons fan
  • Amazing military museum! The garden in front of the museum is freely accessible and you can walk between the machines without restrictions. Admission to the second part, which is also outside, is 4 lev and including the inside part 8 lev. Definitely worth a visit even without children. ♥️
  • That was the best museum I've been in Sofia. There two yards with planes, tanks, helicopters and other army vehicles. There are two buildings, the first has uniforms and guns of recent history and the second has 3 floors, at first there are was videos and and 2 big interactive screens for information. The other 2 floors have uniforms, guns, maps, paintings related to wars from older times. Most texts are in Bulgarian and English except all maps and a few texts that are only in Bulgarian. If you want to have all available information you 'll spend many hours there, maybe is better to take a look in most items. Tickets are cheap 6 lev for a person and 16 lev for a family. There and a cafe with very low prices too, to have some rest.
  • One of the best military museums I've ever been to. Vast collection of vehicles. Well worth the time if you're in Sofia.

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