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Sofia National Gallery Tours

Sofia National Gallery
The Sofia National Gallery is Bulgaria’s largest art museum, boasting a collection of more than 42,000 pieces. First established in the early 20th century, the gallery moved into the former Royal Palace in 1946, and has since grown to several branches across Sofia, including the Kvadrat 500 and Museum of Socialist Art.

The Basics
Locate the dispersed venues with ease on a city tour, which passes by their imposing facades in combination with other Sofia highlights. Alternatively, head inside for a closer glimpse of the Palace’s temporary displays, the Kvadrat 500’s historical exhibitions, 15 centuries of iconography at the Museum of Christian Art, the Museum of Socialist Art’s Soviet relics, or the Sofia Arsenal’s contemporary collection. The homes of Tanev, Nedkova, and Lazarov are also open to visitors.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Save money by purchasing a combined ticket if you plan to visit more than one site in a day.
  • Entry is free across all Sofia National Gallery spaces for those with physical disabilities, as well as children under the age of 12.
  • With a range of work on display across the gallery’s five main museums, the institution is popular with all manner of history buffs, art lovers, and culture vultures.

How to Get There
The gallery’s first and foremost location is the former royal palace on Knyaz Alexander I Square, which is a 30-minute walk from Sofia Central station, or less than a 10-minute walk from Serdika metro station. Other branches are scattered across the city; take advantage of city tours with round-trip transfer to visit with ease.

When to Get There
All the main National Gallery sites are open Tuesday to Sunday, excluding national holidays. Temperatures in Sofia reach their peak in August and September, so take advantage of the air-conditioned spaces to escape the daytime heat while sightseeing.

From Palace to Gallery

Construction of the Royal Palace began after Bulgaria’s liberation from the Ottoman Empire and was completed in 1882. The luxurious building blended modern styles with classic European influences and housed the royal family until the abolition of the monarchy in 1946. In the meantime, the National Gallery’s first premises were completely destroyed by Allied bombs. In 1953, the former palace was granted to the gallery by the communist state.
Address: Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia, Bulgaria
Admission: Varies
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Private Sofia Sightseeing

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Enjoy the perfect introduction to Sofia on this to-the-point walking tour with a private guide who’ll cue you in to the city’s long history in double-quick time. See a Roman cemetery, 16th-century mosque, Byzantine churches, and landmarks from galleries to cathedrals. Along the way, sip tea or coffee in a rooftop café with spectacular city views and taste mineral water direct from a historic spring.
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Get to know Sofia by foot on this 2-hour guided walking tour. Learn about the city’s history from your guide. Stroll past most of the notable sights in the city, including St. George Rotunda, the National Archeological Museum, the National Revival Art Gallery and Ethnographic Museum, Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and more.
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Sofia Retro Tour

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Sofia Private City Tour

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The Sofia City Tour is a great opportunity to discover its rich history and to get acquainted with its present. The city of Sofia offers beautiful buildings, Romanesque remains, old churches, extremely interesting archaeological complexes and of course thousands of bars and restaurants where you can taste traditional Bulgarian dishes.
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Sofia Travel Photography Tour

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You really love traveling and wish your could take amazing shots of the places you visit? Join our unique combined sightseeing & photography learning tour! Meet a professional photographer and a city tour guide in a special experience that will change your life! Your guides will take you through the most photogenic places in the historical and cultural city centre of Sofia and you can start taking the best photos of your life right away! The content is suitable for absolute beginners and beginners! While you explore the city learn about the basics of: 1) Composition in Travel Photography 2) Learn how to see light and shadow 3) The basic camera equipment 4) Camera settings* *Any camera with manual settings mode (M) will be sufficient. You can participate with a phone as well although we recommend using a camera.
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Get an in-depth look at the culture, history, and architecture of Sofia on a private 7-hour tour. End-to-end transportation from your hotel enables you to cover a huge area of the city comfortably and efficiently. Get a better understanding of Bulgarian culture (plus free admission) during guided visits at the National History Museum and UNESCO listed Boyana Church. Round out your day with a comprehensive but leisurely tour of the city center.
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