This is one of the biggest museums on the Balkan Peninsula and it has an impressive collection of more than 680 000 objects.
Because of the crossroad location of Bulgaria, different civilizations chose this place for their development. In the museum, you can make a real trip through the Bulgarian history. Here, there are halls which present in a chronological order the different civilizations of these lands from the 6000 b.c. to modern times. Even if you are not keen on history, you will find here some really impressive exhibits – golden and silver treasures and others. If you are lucky, you will be able to see the world-known Panagyurishte Treasure.
The famous Panagyurishte Treasure is from Thracian times. It was excavated on December 8, 1949 by three brothers – Pavel, Petko and Michail Deikov. The treasure carries the name of the town in Bulgaria near where it was found. The marvelous Panagyurishte treasure consists of an impressive phiale, an amphora and seven rhytons with a total weight of 6.164 kg of 24-karat gold. You will be impressed by this museum exhibit not only because it is golden, but also because of its beautiful decorations. On all of the objects of the treasure you will see scenes of the Thracian myths, customs and life. The treasure is considered to date from the 4th-3rd centuries BC and to have been used during royal ceremonies since the times of the Thracian king Seuthes III.
This impressive and significant artifact of Thracian culture has been displayed at various museums around the world, so you may not be able to see it at its home – the National Museum of History in Sofia, if it happens to be on a trip somewhere.
In 2000 the National History Museum was relocated in the beautiful neighborhood, called ‘Boyana’. The view to Vitosha Mountain is simply gorgeous and you can just enjoy it, if you get tired of history. In the museum, there is a souvenir shop where you can buy interesting gifts.
You can go by car or use the public transport: buses № 63 and 111 or the trolley line №2.