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The National Museum of Military History is the main repository of military artifacts in Bulgaria. Operated by the Ministry of Defense, the museum collection includes over one million items. Falling under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Defense, the National Museum of Military history has existed in various forms since August 1914. It was formally established on 4 July 1916. Its first complete exhibition opened in 1937.

National Museum of Military History Highlights

Outdoor exhibition. A broad assortment of military equipment sprawling across the large yard is an obvious magnet for any military enthusiast. Representative pieces of many kinds and nationalities spanning almost all of modern Bulgarian history. See more details below.

Military Honors Collection. The richest of its kind in Bulgaria, including the medals and honors of heads of state Alexander I, Ferdinand I and Boris III.

Bulgarian Military Industrial Complex Exhibition. Celebrating production of military arms and materiel by Bulgarian companies including Arsenal AD, Arcus Co., VMZ AD, Opticoelectron Group JSCo, Optix LTD, and Samel-90 Ltd.

Outdoor Exhibition Elements

The outdoor exhibition displays an impressive quantity of military equipment, including artillery, missiles, military vehicles, aircraft, tanks and more. With over 150 items on display, it is easily large enough to provide hours of enjoyment for enthusiasts.

national museum of military history artilleryArtillery

Over two dozen different models, including German (WWI and WWII), Soviet (1930s, WWII and Cold War), Czech, and Belgian examples. Types include field artillery, anti-tank and anti-aircraft guns.

national museum of military history mobile missile launcherMissiles

Various Soviet era examples including mobile missile launchers, surface to air missiles, mobile short range artillery rocket systems, air defense missiles and SCUD tactical ballistic missiles.

national museum of military history military vehicles collectionMilitary Vehicles

The collection includes Bulgarian BMP-23 and BMP-30 infantry fighting vehicles. Also many Soviet vehicles including ditch diggers, bridge layers, armored personnel carriers, artillery tractors, and amphibious personnel carriers.

natinal museum of military history tank collectionTanks

Tank models ranging from the 19th century German Fahrpanzer mobile artillery unit to the Soviet T-72 main battle tank. The collection includes a WWII era Czech designed Panzerkampfwagen 35(t), a 1930’s French Hotchkiss 35, and German WWII era Panzer IV.

national museum of military history aircraftAircraft

The aircraft on display include a series of MiG fighters (MiG-15, MiG-17, MiG-19, MiG-21, and MiG-23), a Czech Aero L-29 Delfin Trainer, a German Panavia Tornado, and several Soviet era Russian helicopters (Mi-2, Mi-8, and Mi-24).

Virtual Exhibition of Military History

The museum has a very fine collection of virtual tours and other exhibits on its website:

Affiliate Museums

The Ministry of Defense operates a handful of affiliate museums around the country.

Naval Museum

The primary Bulgarian museum of Naval history and equipment. Located in Varna, with both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Highlights include the Drazki Battleship Museum and the Cor Caroli Yacht, in which celebrated Bulgarian seaman Captain Georgi Georgiev circumnavigated the globe.

Vladislav Varnenchik Park-Museum of Military Friendship

The Varnenchik Park-Museum is a memorial complex honoring the Polish-Hungarian King Vladislav, who led a failed campaign against the Ottoman Turks in 1444. It is located near Varna.

The Aviation Museum

The Aviation Museum is the main exhibition and repository for Military Aviation equipment and artifacts in Bulgaria. Located in Krumovo, near Plovdiv, the museum has both indoor and outdoor exhibits promoting the long history of Bulgarian military aviation.

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National Museum of Military History Details:

Address:
92 Cherkovna Street
Sofia 1505
Bulgaria

Tel: +359 (0)2 946-1805
Fax: +359 (0)2 946-1806

Email: nvim@militarymuseum.bg
Email: nvim.pr@gmail.com

Hours:
Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00-18:00
Last entry 17:00

How to get there:
Bus lines: 9, 72, 120, 305, 413
Streetcar lines: 20, 23

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