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National Museum of Natural History, Sofia

(4/5 based on 95+ 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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  • Lots of stuffed animals, are 4 floors of the Museum! I haven't read anywhere that animals have died of natural causes (indeed there are 3-4 heads that I come from hunting trophies) but I trust that it is so. As students we paid 2 head lever (1 euro!) so I really recommend it!
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  • This museum is an old "swimming pool" which was no longer used and now is a very good Museum
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  • Quite refreshing to visit a good old fashioned museum. No trendy ideas here, just lots of exhibits in lots of glass cases.Everything that ever walked the earth seems to be stuffed and displayed. Its i...  more »
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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.