Even though Sofia History Museum opened its first permanent exhibition only in 2015, the museum has been around since 1941 but had issues to find a place to house the artefacts.
Now this problem is solved and SHM finally has a permanent home – the building of the newly renovated Central Mineral Baths.
The museum has 3 floors that will show you everything about Sofia’s history, culture and life in the past.
You will see a couple of cool things: a real golden chariot from the palace of Versailles – a gift for king Ferdinand’s wedding; the model of Mercedes Benz from 1905; a retro bicycle with one big and one small wheel and a retro tram where you can take photos or watch a movie about the city’s public transport.
My favourite part of the permanent exhibition is the Archaeology hall showing artefacts back to the Neolithic era. The collection is small but exciting.
For the vintage fashion lovers – you’ll find some examples of retro clothing here – dresses and costumes, umbrellas and clocks as well and Bulgarian traditional clothes and costume accessories.
I was very impressed with the small collection of children’s toys dating back to the beginning of the 20th century.
In the museum there’s also furniture, music instruments, newspapers, tickets from public transport and all other kinds of stuff from Sofia’s past.
SHM is small so it won’t take you more than one hour and a half to see everything.