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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

— What’s on display
Hall 10 — Mammals
The museum exhibitions show the Caroline parrot, 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. Over one million 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]
InvertebratesPalaeontology and Mineralogy

— Education
Intern at the museum… why?

‘I became an intern at the NMNHS because I like meeting many and different people, showing them the amazing biodiversity on Earth and making them conscious of different environmental issues.’

Nija Toshkova
— e-Natura
— Databases of natural history collections and other electronic tools

Types in the natural history collections in Bulgaria
The Spiders (Araneae) of Bulgaria

Gemmology — gemstones — characteristics, classification, specimens, library

GEMMOLOGY — GEMSTONES — characteristics, classification, specimens, library

— Did you know that…

The first exhibition for visitors was opened back in 1907.
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 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…

A lecture of Prof. Andrew Berry — The National Museum of Natural History and Pensoft Publishers are pleased to invite you to attend a lecture of Prof. Andrew Berry, Harvard University — 4th October 2013 from 4:00…

Seventeenth International Bat Night — On 28 September 2013, between 11 AM and 6 PM, for the seventeenth consecutive time an International Bat Night will take place at the National Museum of Natural History. The organisers…

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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]