National Museum of Military History


This out-of-the-way museum tells the story of warfare in Bulgaria, with most space given to the period from the 1876 April Uprising through to WWI. Weaponry, rebel flags, uniforms and decorations are on show, while outside is an impressive collection of Soviet-made military hardware including Scud missile launchers, tanks and MiG fighters.

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Nearby Sofia attractions

1. Borisova Gradina


Lying southeast of the city centre, Sofia’s most attractive park is filled with countless statues and flowerbeds and is a relaxing place for a stroll. It…

2. Eagles Bridge

0.74 MILES

This late 19th-century landmark bridge crosses the Perlovska River and is adorned by four eagles.

3. Doctors’ Garden

0.83 MILES

This neat, secluded park features a big, pyramidal monument dedicated to the medics who died in the Russo-Turkish War (1877–78). Also here is an outdoor…

4. Oborishte Park

0.85 MILES

This attractive park, with its fountains, lovely rose beds, cafes and popcorn vendors, is especially popular with young families, and there are some…

5. Monument to the Soviet Army

0.89 MILES

Near the entrance to Borisova Gradina, this gigantic monument was built in 1954 and is a prime example of the forceful socialist realism of the period…

7. Vasil Levski Memorial

1.05 MILES

A sombre monument, in the middle of a busy road, dates from 1895 and marks the spot where Bulgarian national hero Vasil Levski was hanged in 1873.

8. National Gallery Quadrat 500

1.07 MILES

This massive visual-arts gallery combines the holdings of the National Gallery and the former Museum of Foreign Art. The result is several hundred…