National Archaeological Institute with Museum

Address: Sofia, 1 Atanas Burov Square
Working time: Summer period (May-Oct) 10:00–18:00 everyday; Winter period (Nov-Apr) 10:00-17:00, closed on Mondays
Phone: 02 988 24 06

The National Museum of Archaeology is situated in the very center of Sofia, in one of the oldest preserved buildings in the city – Buyuk (the Big) mosque, built in the 15th century.

The permanent exhibition is displayed in several halls where masterpieces of art and ancient cultures found in nowadays Bulgaria are put on public view: starting with the oldest traces of human activity discovered so far in Europe (1.6 million years before present) up to the end of the Middle Ages (17th century).

Among the most impressive exhibits in the Prehistory hall is the figurine-vessel of the Mother-Goddess from the Neolithic site of Mursalevo, 6000 years BC, as well as the Thracian treasures and funeral gifts in the Vault hall. Among them are the Valchitran gold treasure, the bronze portrait head of the Odrysian king Seuthes III, the gold mask of a Thracian ruler, the Lukovit silver treasure, and a number of other masterpieces of ancient artistic metalworking.

The visitors will also enjoy many other significant and characteristic aspects of the Thracian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Bulgarian and Ottoman cultures that developed in nowadays Bulgarian lands through the centuries. These include gold and silver jewelry, a unique stone “poster” inviting the citizens of ancient Serdica to gladiator games, a bronze portrait head of the Roman emperor Gordian III, the only copy of one of the most famous monuments related to the formation of the Bulgarian kingdom (the Madara horseman rock-cut relief, part of the UNESCO world heritage), artifacts from the Medieval Bulgarian capitals Pliska and Preslav, etc. The oldest Bulgarian icon – the 9th century ceramic icon of St. Theodor, is also displayed here.

The Museum is united with the National Archaeological Institute, which is the biggest scientific archaeological institution in the Balkans and coordinator of the archaeological field surveys in Bulgaria.

Working hours on holidays:
December 24th and 31st: 10:00-14:00
December 25th and January 1st: closed

Standard ticket: 10BGN
Students: 2BGN
Groups of students and children (10+ people): 1BGN
Parent/s with children under 16yo (group ticket): 10BGN
Disabled people and soldiers - free

Days with no entry fee:
Every second Thursday of the month - for pensioners
Everty last Sunday of the month - for everyone


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