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Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Virtual tour

Dear visitors,

In connection with the declared emergency epidemic situation in the country and order No RD-01-677 / 25.11.2020 of the Minister of Health, the museum is closed from 28.11.2020 to 21.12.2020.

We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you again on December 22nd!

— What’s on display
Hall 10 — 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]
InvertebratesBotany

— 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

— 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

Projects

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
News

“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…

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…

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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]