Sofia History Museum – the newest museum in the capital of Bulgaria

Sofia History Museum / Музей за история на София

The newest museum in the capital of Bulgaria – Sofia History Museum is located in the building of the Central Municipal spas only 5 minutes walking from Central Hotel Sofia. With its impressive and richly decorated facade, the complex roof architectural details and its adjacent garden together with the neighboring historical buildings, the complex is perfectly suitable for its role for the Sofia History Museum. We could name the Museum and the near archaeological excavations – the historical center of the Bulgarian capital.

Here is a little history of the museum.

As  a suggestion of Mayor Vladimir Vazov in 1928 it was decided to set up a local (municipal) Museum. His first permanent exhibition was opened in the building on the 3″Banski” square on December 1, 1941.

But the building was destroyed during World War II. Though without its own building and exhibition area for decades, the museum managed to organize exhibitions  and conduct assigned by the municipality activities in research and preservation of historical values.

In its early years, the museum also performs the functions of a city library and archive. The urban art gallery, library and archive have been separated from the museum as independent institutions in 1952. On the basis of the museum is created the municipal enterprise “Stara Sofia” with Sofia Museum of History’ in 1998, later transformed in Municipal Cultural Institute Museum of the History of Sofia in June 2012.

The museum has over 120 thousand movable cultural property, the earliest are from the Stone Age and were discovered during archaeological excavations of Neolithic settlement in “Slatina”. There are also specialized scientific library with about 12,000 units, among the oldest manuscript are from 1820 and printed book from 1714.

Moreover, the Museum participated in the preparation of various publications devoted to the cultural heritage of the city and the region and many other cultural initiatives.

According to a decision of the Municipal Council from 1998 Central Municipal Spa is reorganized into Museum of Sofia. The museum opened on September 17, 2015.


Useful information:

Address: 1 “Banski” Sq., 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria

Wintertime working hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00, Monday – day off

Summertime working hours: Monday-Thursday 11: 00-19: 00

Friday 12: 00-20: 00, Sat-Sun 11: 00-19: 00, Monday – day off

Free visit days: the first and third Thursday of the month.