The in the west wing of the former king’s palace, built in 1873 and after the Independence became a residence of the Bulgarian monarchs. The collection was started in 1892 but it pronounced as an independent entity.
It consists of more than 30 000 pieces of paintings, prints and sculptures with the emphasis of the works of the last two centuries. There are regular exhibitions of contemporary Bulgarian artists.
National Ethnographic Museum
Situated in the east wing of the palace, the museum is a worthwhile place to visit with its more than 50 000 exhibits of folk arts and crafts. They offer a valuable insight into the traditions of Bulgaria, and how they are being preserved to the present day. Special exhibitions are held regularly, concentrating on a single aspect of Bulgarian traditional life. There is a small shop where you can buy some fine examples.