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Monday, 26 September 2016

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) 9885115 — Operator; [Tickets]: (+359 2) 9951258

Hall 5 — BirdsHall 7 — FishesHall 9 — PalaeontologyHalls 10, 11, 12, 13 — Mammals
— 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]

Gemmology — gemstones — characteristics, classification, specimens, library

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

‘Because the world of animals is still an unrevealed secret and there is always something to learn.’

Severina Velkova

— 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

The National Museum of Natural History presents the final publication 'PESI — a taxonomic backbone for Europe' — As a national coordinator for Bulgaria of the project PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure), the National Museum of Natural History presents the final publication…

NMNHS expedition went on the trail of an unknown population of the rare dhole in Turkey — On 15 August zoological expedition of the National Museum of Natural History, BAS composed by Prof. Nikolai Spassov, Assen Ignatov and Ilya Acosta went to Northern Anatolia (Turkey)…

The National Museum of Natural History presents the exhibition Metamorphosis by Bora Petkova — The National Museum of Natural History presents the exhibition Metamorphosis by Bora Petkova, 7 March — 5 April 2015…

25 years of Bulgarian-Chinese speleological collaboration — The National Museum of Natural History, Sofia has the pleasure to invite you to the opening of the photo exhibition and presentation dedicated to 25 years of Bulgarian-Chinese speleological…

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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]