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Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Virtual tour

Dear visitors,

In connection with the declared emergency epidemic situation in the country and orders RD-01-262/14.05.2020, RD-01-268/15.05.2020, RD-01-194/30.03.2021 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 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
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

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.

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

Joint action by scientists and businesses in preserving the Eastern imperial eagle — During field research towards the end of July 2021, docent Petar Shurulinkov, ornithologist with the National Museum of Natural History with BAS, found an Eastern imperial eagle dead…

Official visit of Nikita Lobanov-Rostovsky in the National Museum of Natural History in Sofia — On the 3rd of September 2021, the hereditary knyaz Nikita Dmitrievich Lobanov-Rostovsky was welcomed into the National Museum of Natural History with BAS by Prof. Pavel Stoev, museum…

Brown bear Action Plan for Bulgaria — The brown bear is one of the flagship species of Bulgaria and it is included in the Biological Diversity Act. At the same time, it is a priority species for conservation in the European…

Expanding deserts drove mammals out of Eurasia into Africa — The emergence of deserts in Arabia had a decisive impact on the evolution and migratory movements of mammals including our human ancestors. This is the conclusion reached by an international…

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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]