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Thursday, 4 March 2021

Virtual tour

Dear visitors,

In connection with the declared emergency epidemic situation in the country and orders RD-01-262 / 14.05.2020 and RD-01-268/15.05.2020 of the Minister of Health, the following mandatory COVID-19 safety regulations have been introduced:

1. People with flu-like symptoms or without protective facial masks are not allowed.
2. Please use hand sanitizers placed in the respective places.
3. Please keep a physical distance with other people of at least 1.5 meters.
4. Please observe the route marked with arrows.
5. Please avoid contact with surfaces and objects.
6. Up to 95 visitors are allowed in the museum simultaneously.

We are expecting you!

— 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
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
Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 10:00 — 18:30
The museum is open every day except 1 January, 3 March, Easter [Eastern] and 25 December. Last admission is at 17:30.

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 — 18:30 hours

Hall 4 — Mineralogy [Genesis of the minerals]Hall 6 — Amphibians and reptilesHall 8 — BirdsHall 16 — Plants
— 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]

— 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
— e-Natura

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 a new collection of jaspers — In the Acad. Ivan Kostov hall of the National Museum of Natural History, from 1st of March you could see a new collection of jaspers. The were donated to the Museum on its 130th anniversary…

First steps in the digitalisation of scientific collections of the National Museum of Natural History of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences — With a new joint project, the National Museum of Natural History and the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, will digitalise one of…

“Wild Pandemics” — a new exposition at the National Museum of Natural History at BAS — Starting from November 10th, 2020, on the fourth floor foyer of the museum visitors can view our new exhibit Wild Pandemics, dedicated to the most relevant topic today — the emergence…

Durankulak 2020 bird ringing camp — During the period 15 August — 1 November 2020 Durankulak 2020 bird ringing camp was organised with the substantial financial help of National Museum of Natural History at the…

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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]