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The 20th edition of the "European Night of Museums" - Sofia 2024 will be held on May 18 (Saturday).

More than 50 museums and galleries will join the program of the cultural event - exhibitions, concerts, films, workshops, guided tours.

It is organized by the French Institute in Bulgaria, with the partnership of the Ministry of Culture and Sofia Municipality, and the support of BNP Paribas and Total Energies.

Entrance to the "European Night of Museums" - Sofia 2024 is free for all residents and guests of Sofia, except in cases where the program mentions otherwise.


On May 18, for the convenience of visitors to the event, a special retro attraction line will be launched, with the cooperation of "City Transport and Infrastructure", "Metropolitan Transport" and Ikarus Bulgaria. It will be served by refurbished models of Mercedes-Benz, Chavdar and Ikarus buses, and will connect the museums in the central part of Sofia with the Earth and People Museum, the National History Museum and the National Polytechnic Museum.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes between 18:00 and 00:30.


Program of the European Night of Museums - Sofia 2024




  • French Institute in Bulgaria (www.institutfrancais.bg) - at Slaveykov Square 3 (a few minutes' walk from our luxury hotel apartments - see here).

    From 16:00 to 20:00 in the media library of the Institut Française, visitors will be able to go back in time and dance virtually in Versailles, through the game Just Dance 2024 for Nintendo Switch. Free entry, advance registration required.

    From 19:00 in the "Slaveykov" hall, on the occasion of the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, there will be a special evening, with screenings of French animated films on a sports theme - "Athleticus" by Nicolas Devot and "Trio Belleville" by Sylvain Chaumet.

    Entrance is by ticket.


  • Regional History Museum - Sofia (www.sofiahistorymuseum.bg) - at 1 "Banski" square, near the Serdika metro station (the nearest hotel apartments we have are just a few minutes' walk away - see here).

    From 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (last entry time - 10:30 p.m.) on the various floors of the "Temporary Exhibitions" hall, several exhibitions can be seen - "Elegance of Metal" by Ivan Minkov (ground floor), jubilee exhibition "Archeology of Sofia and Sofia 2023" (floor 1) and Hristina Kostova's "River of Oblivion". Guided tour of the museum.


  • National Natural History Museum at BAS (www.nmnhs.com) - nabul. Tsar Osvoboditel 1, a 10-minute walk from our apartments for short and medium-term use in Sofia. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. - permanent exhibition of the museum, presenting the biological and mineralogical diversity of the Earth, as well as the only samples from the Moon and meteorite finds from Mars in Bulgaria. From 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - activities for students, and from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - "Science Cafe" for students and adults. From 16:30 to 17:30 - for the little ones - a meeting with the world of bees.


Exhibition hall "Archives" of the State Agency "Archives" (archives.government.bg) - naul. Moskovska 5.

From 17:00 to 24:00 - exhibition "Fashion in the mirror of a century (1850-1950+)".

  • National Ethnographic Museum - BAS or IEFEM-BAS (www.nembg.com) - Prince Alexander I Battenberg Square 1.

    From 19:00 to 24:00 - exhibitions "130 years of the National Museum", "The Road to the Table".
  • National Gallery - Palace (www.nationalgallery.bg) - Prince Alexander I Battenberg square 1.
  • National History Museum (www.historymuseum.org) - 16 Vitoshko Lale St.From 19:00 to 24:00 - anniversary exhibition of Vasil Chakarov, screenings of films about artists. From 21:00 - a tour of Vasil Chakarov's exhibition

From 09:30 to 23:00 - exhibition "Ancient finds. New discoveries. Archaeological season 2023", as well as the permanent exhibition, without the Ethnography, Coin and Renaissance School halls.
From 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every round hour - free thematic talks on various topics - "Woman - priestess, goddess, queen, princess", "Symbols of power through the ages", "Jewelry from antiquity to the 20th century".

From 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Museum Education Center - paid thematic workshops - mosaic, ethnographic dolls, felts, decoration of ceramic dishes, flags.

Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes. Book in advance by phone.

From 20:00 to 21:00 - special event "Musical Walk in Time" - songs in Bulgarian, French, Italian, Spanish with performer Nadia Toncheva (piano and vocals)

National Museum of Military History (www.militarymuseum.bg) - naul. Cherkovna 92, near MOL Serdika center.

From 18:00 to 23:00 - permanent chronological exposition - free entry.

From 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - a concert by the Guards Representative Brass Band.

From 21:00 to 23:00 - cinema in the museum.

  • National Museum "Earth and Man" (www.earthandman.org) - located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, near the National Palace of Culture (NDK) and the Hilton Hotel. It is a 20-minute walk or a metro ride on line M2 from our apartments, near the European Union metro station.

From 18:00 to 23:00 - all permanent and temporary exhibitions of the museum will be open.

  • National Polytechnic Museum (www.polytechnic-museum.com) - located at 66 Opalchenska St., near Opalchenska metro station - lines M1 and M4.

From 18:00 to 22:00 - thematic exhibition "310 Years of the Typewriter" (visual history), art exhibition, paintings by artist Vili Nikolov.

At 18:00 and 20:00 - experiments "Physics in Action". Entrance with tickets - price 10 BGN.

  • National Anthropological Museum at the Institute of Experimental Morphology, Pathology and Anthropology with a museum at BAS (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) – www.iempam.bas.bg - located at 73 Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd.

From 18:00 to 23:30 - visiting exhibition from the Regional Historical Museum - Vratsa, demonstrations by Wushu sports clubs, yoga club, anthropological workshop, and workshop with Busina ceramics, bioimpedance measurement, genealogy workshop.

At 21:30 and 22:30 - guided tour of the museum with a specialized lecture.

  • National Literary Museum (www.nlmuseum.bg)
  • Ivan Vazov House Museum - located at 10 Ivan Vazov St.

From 18:00 to 22:00 - permanent exhibition.

  • Peyo K. Yavorov House Museum - located at 136 G.S. Rakovski St.

From 18:00 to 22:00 - permanent household exhibition. Groups of 10-12 people will be allowed.

  • Petko and Pencho Slaveykov House Museum - located at 138 G.S. Rakovski St., 1st floor.

From 18:00 to 22:00 - permanent household exhibition.

  • Nikola Y. Vaptsarov House Museum - located at 37 Angel Kunchev St.

From 18:00 to 22:00 - permanent exhibition.

  • Museum of New Bulgarian University (www.museum.nbu.bg) - located in NBU, Ovcha Kupel neighborhood, 21 Montevideo St. - near Mizia metro station on line M3.

From 11:00 to 16:00 - photo exhibition by Georgi Panamski.

  • National Museum "Boris Christoff" (www.borischristoff.com) - located at 43 Tsar Samuil St., a few minutes' walk from our apartments.

From 18:00 to 22:30 - exhibition by Antonia Marinova "Samodivi," photografica curated by Donka Nalbantova and the opening of the XX Arts Festival "Boris Christoff."

From 19:00 - music marathon with young talents from New Bulgarian University.

Entrance - with a live flower for the museum garden.

  • State Cultural Institute - Pancho Vladigerov House Museum (www.vladigerov.org) - located at 10 Yakubitsa St., Lozenets neighborhood.

From 17:00 to 23:00 - permanent exhibition "Life and Creative Path of Pancho Vladigerov."

From 19:30 - concert "Vocal-Piano Journeys" performed by Hristina Traykoska (soprano) and Petya Staneva (piano). Capacity - 35 seats.


  • Sofia City Art Gallery (SCAG) (www.sghg.bg) - located at 1 Gen. Gurko St. (entrance from Knyaz Alexander I Batenberg St.), in the City Garden near the Ivan Vazov National Theater, a few minutes' walk from our offices.

From 13:30 to 23:30 - exhibition dedicated to artist Dechko Uzunov - Halls 1 and 2.

On the 2nd floor - Contemporary Art Exhibition.

  • Vaska Emanuilova Gallery - a branch of SCAG - located at 15 Yanko Sakazov Blvd. (near Zaimov Park) - a 20-minute walk from our apartments.

From 18:00 to 23:30 - exhibition "Re/-Evolution of Women. Role Changes".

  • Dechko Uzunov Gallery-Museum - a branch of SCAG (www.dug.sghg.bg) - located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd., Izgrev neighborhood, near Joliot-Curie metro station on lines M1 and M4.

From 18:00 to 23:30 - exhibition dedicated to artist Dechko Uzunov.

  • Gallery Academy of the National Academy of Arts (NAA) (www.nha.bg) - located at 1 Shipka St., near Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" and the "SU St. Kl. Ohridski" metro station on lines M1 and M4, or a 15-20 minute walk from our apartments.

From 11:00 to 23:00 - exhibition "Watercolor Portraits" by Kiril Bozhkov (world-renowned watercolor master, professor, and painting instructor at the Academy).

  • Union of Bulgarian Artists Gallery (UBA) (www.sbh.bg) - located at 6 Shipka St., near Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" and the "SU St. Kl. Ohridski" metro station on lines M1 and M4, or a 15-20 minute walk from our apartments.

From 11:00 to 24:00 - painting exhibition by Milko Bozhkov.

Sofia Comics Expo 2024 - historical comics exhibition by Bulgarian artists from the 1920s to today, as well as artists from Serbia and Romania.

  • Raiko Alexiev Hall of UBA - located at 125 G.S. Rakovski St.

From 11:00 to 24:00 - painting exhibition by Petar Dochev (1934-2024) - non-figurative paintings with almost monochrome compositions in black-graphite, gold, and gray.

  • Open-air Galleries of Sofia Municipality

In the City Garden - in front of the Ivan Vazov National Theater, a few minutes' walk from our apartments for short-term and medium-term rent.

From 00:00 to 24:00 - exhibition "200 Years of the Fish Primer".

In the "Crystal" garden - at the traffic light at Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd. and G.S. Rakovski St.

From 00:00 to 24:00 - exhibition "South Slavic Copyists and Scriptoria from the 4th Century" by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS).

On the "Bridge of Lovers" near NDK (National Palace of Culture).

From 00:00 to 24:00 - exhibition by sports photographer Lyubomir Asenov with memorable moments from the performance of Bulgarian athletes at the last Olympic Games and other major international forums.

In the park in front of NDK, near Kino Kabana.

From 00:00 to 24:00 - educational exhibition "Under the Lens - Pollens - Causes of Allergy" by Boiron BG.

From 16:00 to 22:00 - painting exhibitions by Georgi Shtarbev and Biser Lazarov.

From 16:00 to 18:00 - watercolor workshop with Mariangela Atanasova in the gallery's courtyard. Pre-registration by phone or online on the website is required.

From 19:00 to 22:00 - jazz concert by Iliya Lazarov and his band.

From 17:00 to 22:00 - painting exhibition "Still Life and Beyond".

  • Enakor Auction House (www.enakor.com) - located at 30 Denkoglu St., right next to our hotel apartments.

From 18:00 to 22:00 - permanent exhibition (icons, paintings, antique furniture, and items).

From 18:00 to 23:00 - exhibition "Spring 24".

  • Atelier 28 Gallery - located at 28 Angel Kunchev St.

From 16:00 to 22:30 - exhibition by J.PANK.

From 12:00 to 21:00 - exhibition by Atanas Hranov.

  • Gallery 111 - located at 7 Slaveykov Square (in the arcade).

From 17:00 to 23:00 - painting exhibition by Angelika Radeva, Zlatin Orlov, Kaliya Kalacheva, and a meet-and-greet with the artists.

From 18:00 to 23:00 - exhibition of sunny landscapes by Klaas Kloosterboer.

From 18:00 to 24:00 - exhibition of unfinished paintings and drawings by Bulgarian artist Krasimir Krastev-RASSIM, created from 2008 to today.



From 17:00 to 21:00 - exhibition by Todor Rabadzhiyski and Robin Phoenix Whitehouse with the presence of the artists.

From 13:30 to 22:00 - painting exhibition by Petya Deneva, curated by Stanislava Nikolova.

Between 17:00 and 22:00 - meet-and-tour with artist Petya Deneva.

From 15:00 to 23:00 - exhibition by Asen Yanev, with a meet-and-greet at 20:00.

From 17:00 to 21:00 - exhibition by Fenix Varbanov.

From 17:00 to 19:00 - performance by Zlatka Yarumova.

  • Punta and Posta Galleries - at 13 Dunav St. and 34 Dondukov Blvd., respectively.

From 15:00 to 24:00 - exhibition by Veronika Desova, curated by Vikenti Komitski.

 From 18:00 to 24:00 - exhibition on the theme "Inertia" by young artists from The Artist at Play.

 From 14:00 to 23:00 - exhibition by Slava Georgieva, curated by Boyana Djikova.

From 10:00 to 24:00 - "The Heavens" - an exhibition by Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimberti, combining photography with long-term journalistic investigation on tax havens, infographics, and financial analyses, presented in partnership with the French Institute.

 At 16:00 - curator's tour of the exhibition with Nadezhda Pavlova.


  • BECA Center of Visual Storytelling (www.beforecreating.com) - at 57 Vasil Levski Blvd. (entrance on the side of the building).

From 20:00 to 24:00 - debut photographic exhibition by Ivaylo Gruev, with the official opening at 19:00 in the presence of the artist.

From 18:00 to 23:00 - photographic exhibition "In Memoriam" featuring unseen originals by Pierre Gonnord, donated to FotoFabrika. Free admission, capacity - 35 people.

From 18:00 to 22:00 - exhibition by Nadezhda Georgieva, curated by Vesela Nozharova in the institute's gallery, with a meet-and-greet at 20:00.

In the institute's library - an exhibition in German about Franz Kafka.

  • Italian Cultural Institute in Sofia (www.iicsofia.esteri.it) and the Embassy of Italy in Bulgaria - on the fence at the corner of 2B Paris St. and Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd., a 10-minute walk from our apartments.

From 00:00 to 24:00 - exhibition "100 Vases of Italian Design" - 17 exhibition panels.

  • Home - Conceptual Space - at 49A Petar Parchevich St. - near Slaveykov Square, a few minutes from our apartments.

From 12:00 to 21:00 - exhibition of porcelain items, jewelry, and paintings.

  •  Applied Arts Workshop - at 3 Khimitliyski Prohod St., Yellow House, in Motopista neighborhood near South Park.

 From 13:00 to 20:15 - ceramics workshops for children and adults, each lasting 1 hour.

Pre-registration by phone required until 17.05 (Friday).

Detailed information can be found on the website of the French Institute in Bulgaria (www.institutfrancais.bg), as well as on the websites of the various museums and galleries participating in the event.