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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

National Museum of Natural History
1 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd
1000 Sofia, Bulgaria

Phone: (+359 2) 9882894

Fax: (+359 2) 9882894

Museum’s leaflet [PDF]
Museum’s halls schemeHall 16 — PlantsHall 15 — Non-insect invertebratesHall 14 — InsectsHalls 10, 11, 12, 13 — MammalsHall 7 — FishesHall 9 — PalaeontologyHall 8 — BirdsHall 6 — Amphibians and reptilesHall 5 — BirdsHall 3 — Temporary exhibitionsHall 4 — Mineralogy [Genesis of the minerals]Hall 1 — Mineralogy [Systematics of minerals]

Exhibitions and virtual tour

The museum exhibitions occupy 15 halls on 4 floors. It exhibits the Caroline parrot, 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. In recent years several dioramas were added to the exhibitions depicting the live nature of the Arctic (white bears and seals), Africa (black panther), Asia (tiger) and South American tropical forest (jaguar, ara parrots, tamarine monkeys). Other large mammals recently exhibited are the white rhinoceros, the Himalayan bear, cheetahs, buffalos.

Hall 7 - Fishes. Photo: (c) S. Abadjiev
Hall 7 — Fishes. Photo: (c) S. Abadjiev
Hall 4 - Mineralogy. Photo: (c) S. Abadjiev
Hall 4 — Mineralogy. Photo: (c) S. Abadjiev

Hall 15 - Non-insect invertebrates. Photo: (c) S. Abadjiev
Hall 15 — Non-insect invertebrates. Photo: (c) S. Abadjiev
Hall 8 - Birds. Photo: (c) S. Abadjiev
Hall 8 — Birds. Photo: (c) S. Abadjiev

The visitors are intrigued by one of the last pure-bred aurochs found in nature, the brown bear proclaimed as the largest in Europe, the rare small panda, the beautiful birds of paradise, toucans, the Californian condor extinct in the wild nature, the different types of pheasants with splendid feathers, the giant African tortoise, the blind cave fish from America, the Periophtalmus fish, which can move on land as well.

In the Asenovgrad branch the visitors can see casts of a Deinotherium skeleton, one of the largest terrestrial mammals of all times, 6.80 m long and 4.50 m tall. There are also skeletons of sabertooth tiger, hipparions, antelopes, mastodons, monkeys.