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National Museum of Natural History, Sofia
(3.9/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web)
Reputed to be the largest of its kind in the Balkans, National Museum of Natural History holds a substantial collection of preserved animals, minerals, and scientific information. The collection consists of over 400 mammals, 1,200 bird species, and hundreds of thousands of invertebrates. In addition, it preserves samples of nearly one-quarter of all known mineral species. Here you can see a bear standing on two legs and a tiger roaring. Observe numerous fossils and read information about each specimen. Walk around 15 halls spread throughout four floors, and explore nature up close. To avoid heavy traffic in the area, use public transportation to get here. Take a look at our Sofia vacation planner to schedule your visit to National Museum of Natural History and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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TripAdvisor
  • Rich natural history museum suitable for families with children, they range from minerals stones stuffed birds and animals in fossil insects, reptiles and butterflies, the cost is minimal it shows approximately in an hour.
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  • The best leave it to the end. A really GREAT Museum of any kind of live by fly up bear! 4 floors that need time and resources to be browsed, but excites the variety of animals that you'll see all different kinds per category. Ticket only with 4 Lev, i.e. 2 500 and is the most worthwhile investment compared with other museums in the city.
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  • Museum of natural history is located between the art gallery and the Russian church. All typical of similar museums: fauna and flora, stones. A small Exposition. Something unique or highly memorable No. Material feed seemed quite dull.
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  • If you want to see a rock from the moon this is the place. A great selection of minerals and precious stones with detailed description about their properties: in particular what are they build from and under what circumstances do they develop in the nature. The museum is old, though good maintained. Some of the artefacts are missing English description. Perfect for children interested in nature. Hint: sometimes in the weekend there are workshops for children (>6 years) on different themes: space, nature, etc.
  • The collection of quartz and other precious and mineral rocks was impressive. I didn't like much the animals but for a kid they would be something cool.
  • If your kids likes the zoo bring them here. They either will become more curious about the wildlife or will be frightened by the stuffed animals. Either way you win!
  • Been there 5 times. Quite unfortunately, the lack of money and motivated staff is a glaring problem there.
  • Went there with my girlfriend, amazing exponents. Great for taking your children.Stuffed animals and lots of minerals to see.Too bad they removed the live animals.