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Friday, 23 February 2024


The National Museum of Natural History at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences provides free access to its exhibitions to all Ukrainian citizens.

— 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, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (NMNHS) — The richest museum of natural history on the Balkans. Nearly a million and a half specimens of animals, plants and minerals
National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
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 at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences studies, preserves and disseminates information about the living and non-living nature both in Bulgaria and throughout the world… [more]
— Visit us
National Museum of Natural History
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
1 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria

Phone: (+359 2) 9885116 — Operator; Information: (+359 87) 9226573, 10:00 — 18:00 hours

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 10:00 — 18:00
On 24 and 31 December: 10:00 — 13:00

The museum is open every day except 1 January, 3 March, Easter [Eastern] and 25 December. Last admission is at 17:30.

Hall 5 — BirdsHall 8 — BirdsHall 14 — InsectsHall 15 — Non-insect invertebrates
— Palaeontological Museum Dimitar Kovachev, Asenovgrad
The Dimitar Kovachev Palaeontological Museum, a branch of the National Museum of Natural History at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (NMNHS) in Asenovgrad, was created with a contract dated 22.02.1990 between the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the National Museum of Natural History and the Asenovgrad Municipality… [more]

— Administrative documents

— Did you know that…

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

— 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

GEMMOLOGY — GEMSTONES — characteristics, classification, specimens, library


— About us
News

70th Anniversary of Prof. Dr Zdravko Hubenov — On 3 January 2024, our dear colleague and long-time scientific secretary of the museum Prof. Zdravko Hubenov turned seventy…

Assoc. Prof. Petar Shurulinkov was awarded posthumously in the “Person of the Year” competition for 2023 by the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee — On 12 December 2023, for the sixteenth time in a row, the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee held the ceremony of awarding the “Person of the Year” awards to activists and representatives…

The first review of the cave fauna of Costa Rica, with new data on underground animals from unexplored caves, was conducted by scientists from the National Museum of Natural History at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences — Assoc. Prof. Nikolay Simov and Stanimira Deleva, an associated researcher at the National Museum of Natural History, Sofia, together with their colleagues from Costa Rica, summarise…

The Day of the National Revival Leaders sees the end of the expedition to Vietnam organised by the National Museum of Natural History, Sofia — On 1 November 2023, after almost three weeks of joint work with Vietnamese colleagues from Hanoi Pedagogical University No. 2 Xuan Hoa, Nguyen Tat Thanh University, Ho Chi Minh City,…

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History

The National Museum of Natural History at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences has a history of more than one hundred and thirty years. It is the oldest museum in Bulgaria and the oldest and richest among the natural history museums on the Balkan Peninsula… [more]