National Gallery – The Palace

The National Gallery is the largest and the most representative museum of the Bulgarian fine arts in the country. It is housed in the building of the former royal palace (declared a cultural monument in 1978), together with the National Ethnographic Museum. The exposition of orthodox arts is presented in the crypt of the monumental temple “St. Alexander Nevski” in Sofia. The collection of works of art covers a large period of time – from the adoption of Christianity as an official religion in the Roman Empire in the 4th century to the Age of Bulgarian Revival (18th – 19th century), and it mainly consists of icons.
The collections of contemporary and modern Bulgarian art of the museum – from the Liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman Dominion (1878) to the 1990s, contain more than 30,000 works of art, and they are divided into three basic expositions – high quality paintings, graphics and sculptures. Here are also the masterpieces of the greatest Bulgarian artists – Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora (The Master), Zlatyu Boyadzhiev, Sirak Skitnik, Nikola Raynov, and many others.
The works of art of foreign authors, who created their art in Bulgaria, are also very important – these are the Czech artists Ivan Markvichka (1856 – 1938) and Jaroslav Vesin (1860 – 1915), etc. The national art gallery has a library containing more than 6,500 issues, thematically related to art history, works of art of various artists and thier artistic life in Bulgaria, where they serve mainly to the exposition and scientific work of its associates, but they can also be used by external specialists.

Accommodation in Sofia

Additional Information

Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00-17.30; Thursday to 19.00; Day off – Monday.
Adults – 4 BGN;
Students and seniors – BGN 2;
Every last Tuesday of the month – a free day.