The formation, evolution and cancellation of every order are parts of the great tale of history. To look into the past and the present day through orders and medals means to touch the ideals and the culture of the Bulgarian people and to make an attempt to empathize with its spirit. Amassing the collection of orders and medals, property of the National Museum of Military History goes for already more than 90 years, mostly replenishing by large donations. It is the richest of that kind of collections in Bulgaria.
In the hall, through a display of 980 decorations, is presented only a part of this collection. Its opulence consists of variety of rare emissions, of possession of the highest grades and their unique orders and experimental samples, in exceptional variety of types.
In the collection are presented with their decorations 35 countries from Europe, 6 - from Asia and 3 - from America. The collection is a full field for investigating and historical comparising Bulgarian and European military history and symbolics for a period of 150 years.
The museum possesses private collections of hundreds of Bulgarian soldiers, non-commissioned officers and officers, who have bore on their shoulders the burden of five wars throughout 67 years. The private collections of the highest rank generals - Danail Nikolaev, Nikola Ivanov, Racho Petrov, Mihail Savov, Radko Dimitriev, Nikola Genev, Aleksandar Protogerov, Stefan Tochev, Vladimir Stoichev, Petar Panchevski, Ivan Mihailov, etc., are also museum’s property. In decorations’ collection are preserved orders and medals of members of statesmen like Stefan Stambolov, Konstantin Stoilov and others; as well as of the Bulgarian rulers after 1879 – Knyaz (Eng. – prince) Alexander I, Knyaz (since 1908 - Tsar) Ferdinand I and Tsar Boris III.