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Friday, 3 July 2020

Dear visitors,

After a break of almost two months, the National Museum of Natural History at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences will open on 19.5.2020.

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 do not gather more than 4 people at one place.
5. Please observe the route marked with arrows.
6. Please avoid contact with surfaces and objects.
7. Up to 95 visitors are allowed in the museum simultaneously.

We are expecting you!

Virtual tour with United Bulgarian Bank
Virtual tour, comprising 42 viewpoints and 100 specimens, starts from every еxhibition's hall. It was developed with the financial support of United Bulgarian Bank

— 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 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

Gemmology — gemstones — characteristics, classification, specimens, library

GEMMOLOGY — GEMSTONES — characteristics, classification, specimens, library
— Education
Intern at the museum… why?

‘Working at the NMNHS is not a job, it’s a way of life!’

Teodora Georgieva
— e-Natura

— 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

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…

Dwarfs under dinosaur legs: 99-million-year-old millipede discovered in Burmese amber — Even though we are led to believe that during the Cretaceous the Earth used to be an exclusive home for fearsome giants, including carnivorous velociraptors and arthropods larger than…

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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]