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Friday, 23 October 2020

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 5 — BirdsHall 8 — BirdsHall 14 — InsectsHall 15 — Non-insect invertebrates
— 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 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

Petar Beron, Professor Emeritus of the National Museum of Natural History, was awarded with the Sign of Distinction of the President of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences — Petar Beron, Professor Emeritus of the National Museum of Natural History at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, was awarded the Sign of Distinction of the President of the Bulgarian Academy…

DNA metabarcoding and spatial modelling link diet and distribution in European bats — The paper was published in Nature Communications by a team of 10 European researcher led by Dr Antton Alberdi from the University of Copenhagen…

Remains of a new hominid from Germany (more than 11.5 million years old) change our views on the evolution of great apes and humans — The discovery of a 11.62 Million-year-old ape skeleton in Germany now fundamentally changes our views on the early evolution of the human family. These spectacular finds are announced…

Bedbugs chose humans on several occasions in their evolutionary past — Bedbugs rank high among the list of most unwanted human bedfellows but have been parasitic companions with other animals for more than 100 million years. Work by an international team…

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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]