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Square 500, Sofia

In the Square 500 Museum is the permanent exhibition of the National Gallery. It is one of the Gallery’s departments and was opened in 2015. Here, located in 17 halls on 4 levels, there are 1,700 works of Bulgarian and foreign artists from the rich fund of the gallery, which counts over 42,000 museum units.

The exposition presents the Bulgarian art from the middle of the 19th century to present days, the European art from 15th-20th centuries, samples from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The earliest works in the collection of Bulgarian art are "Portrait of Neofit Rilski", "Autoportrait" and "Portrait of Hristiyaniya Zografska" by Zahari Zograf /1810-1853/. In the halls people can see masterpieces of remarkable Bulgarian artists: Zahari Zograf, Nikolay Pavlovich, Hristo Tsokev, Konstantin Velichkov, Vladimir Dimitrov-Maystora (*the Master), Zlatyu Boyadzhiev, Ivan Angelov, Yaroslav Veshin, Ivan Mrkvička, Vasil Stoilov, Nikola Petrov, Dechko Uzunov, Vera Nedkova, Nikola Tanev, Alexander Bozhinov, Stoyan Sotirov, Ivan Nenov, Bencho Obreshkov, Nenko Balkanski, Hristo Yavashev-Kristo, Svetlin Rusev, Zheko Spiridonov, Marin Vasilev, Boris Shats and many others.

The European art from 15th-20th centuries is represented by Italian, Flemish, Dutch and French painters and sculptors, including Giovanni Boltraffio, Giovanni Rosso, Antonio Allegri da Correggio, Pieter Merkelbach, Eugene Delacroix, Franz von Stuck, Ker-Xavier Roussel , Jean-Jacques Caffieri and others. Also the interest of the visitors is arose by the exhibited works of South Slavic authors, famous Russian artists, including Ivan Ayvazovski, works from India, China, Japan, Tibet, Nepal, Africa, America - Mayan culture, the Mexican Jaina Island, Ecuador, Peru, etc.

Useful information

Square 500 Museum
Sofia, Alexander Nevski Sq., 1 19-ti fevruari Str
Tel.: +359 2 988 49 22, e-mail:, website:

Working hours:
Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00 /ticket office: until 17.30/, day off – Monday
Days off during the year: the official holidays in Bulgaria, Christmas, New Year and Easter.

Free entrance for: children up to the age of 12, physically disabled visitors, students and university students from art schools, museum and gallery employees, journalists, members of UBA, ICOM, ICOMOS, AIAP, AICA.

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