On the occasion of the 120 anniversary of the National Museum of Natural History in Sofia at 10:00 AM on 24 March 2009 in the foyer of the museum will be validated postal stamp, block, envelope and a special postal seal. The Specialised Expert Council at the State Agency for Information Technology and Communications entrusted the design to the young artist Andriyan Bekyarov. An amethyst is selected for the primary image of the stamp and the block, and Rosalia longicorn, the museum’s logo — for the postal seal.
The museum was founded in 1889 by the Royal Prince Ferdinand under the name Royal Prince’s Natural History Museum. The mission of NMNHS incorporates the following areas: fundamental and applied studies, management and preservation of collections, promotion of natural-scientific knowledge through the exposition and popular literature, training of doctorate degree candidates and young experts, expert activities.