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Thursday, 25 April 2019

Virtual tour with United Bulgarian Bank
Virtual tour, comprising 42 viewpoints and 100 specimens, starts from every еxhibition's hall. It was developed with the financial support of United Bulgarian Bank

— What’s on display
Hall 13 — Mammals
The museum exhibitions show the Caroline parakeet, which became extinct world-wide, the monk seal, bearded vulture, little bustard, grey and maiden crane, steppe viper, German sturgeon, all of which extinct in Bulgaria… [more]
National Museum of Natural History, Sofia (NMNHS) — The richest museum of natural history on the Balkans. Nearly a million and a half specimens of animals, plants and minerals
Being the first and the richest natural history museum on the Balkans, the National Museum of Natural History in Sofia (NMNHS) studies, preserves and disseminates information about the living and non-living nature both in Bulgaria and throughout the world… [more]
— Visit us
Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 10:00 — 18:00
The museum is open every day except 1 January, 3 March, Easter [Eastern] and 25 December. Last admission is at 17:00.

National Museum of Natural History
1 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
Phone: (+359 2) 9885116 — Operator; Information: (+359 87) 9226573, 10:00 — 18:00 hours

Hall 5 — BirdsHall 8 — BirdsHall 14 — InsectsHall 15 — Non-insect invertebrates
— Research & collections
The museum staff’s scientific research is linked with the latest national and international priorities in the fields of biodiversity, ecology, and nature conservation. The entomology and palaeozoology studies are especially intense… [more]
InvertebratesPalaeontology and Mineralogy

Gemmology — gemstones — characteristics, classification, specimens, library

GEMMOLOGY — GEMSTONES — characteristics, classification, specimens, library
— Education
Intern at the museum… why?

‘For me, biology is a love, passion and a way of life. My work at the museum gives me not only a basis for professional development, but also a chance to share my enthusiasm — moreover, in a team of friends.’

Violeta Zhelyazkova

— Did you know that…

The museum was founded in 1889 by the Royal Prince Ferdinand — an ornithologist, lepidopterist, and a botanist.
Also at the museum

Bat Research And Conservation Centre
Biospeleology Research Centre
Student Club of Biospeleology


Prime Butterfly Areas in Bulgaria — Identifying and describing the most important sites for butterflies in the country
PESI — A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure

— About us

New research project by the National Museum of Natural History at the Bulgarian Academy of Science will study the origin, formation and conservation of the invertebrate fauna on the Balkan Peninsula — On December 17, 2018, the Scientific Research Fund of the Ministry of Education and Science and the National Museum of Natural History at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences signed a…

Ex Wunderkammern by Regina José Galindo, Tiziana Pers — The National Museum of Natural History in Sofia (NMNHS) hosts a new contemporary art exhibition in its halls. Titled Ex Wunderkammern, the show is an invitation from international artists…

The scientific collections of the National Museum of Natural History and the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research at BAS have been recognised as part of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) — In July 2018, the scientific collections of the members of the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF) were included in the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures…

A tribute to the scientist Boyan Petrov — The scientific research and the participation of Boyan Petrov in projects related to environmental protection were presented by his colleagues in 'Prof. Marin Drinov' hall at the Bulgarian…

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The National Museum of Natural History (NMNHS) has a history of more than one hundred and twenty years. It is the oldest museum in Bulgaria and the oldest and richest among the natural history museums on the Balkan Peninsula… [more]