National Museum of Natural History, Sofia

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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. Add National Museum of Natural History to your Sofia travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Sofia trip itinerary builder website .
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  • Among the most beautiful natural history museums in Europe, no doubt. Must see when visiting the capital of Bulgaria!
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  • The natural history museum is close to the Russian church, is easily recognized by the English lettering placed outside. The entrance ticket costs 4 lev (2 students), the Museum is arranged over 4 floors where there is a large collection of animals and minerals. The price is very low compared to what you can see! We don't want to announce anything, the Council only to go and see it!
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  • I would highly recommend spending an hour here. There are 4 floors of interesting exhibits. A quiet and peaceful break from the hustle and bustle outside  more »
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  • This is a brilliant example of what a museum should be. Cost the equivalent of about £1.20 to get in and was allowed to take photos. If you are a tourist in Sofia this is definitely worth a visit, and if you spend a little time to learn Cyrillic, you'll be surprised at how many words you can pick out.
  • Some of the best taxidermy I've ever seen. Very well preserved animals from all over the world. Wish more was in English, but good if you have an hour or so to kill. 2.50 euro each.
  • I happened to visit on a very quiet day and so ended up being the only one there (minus the staff). It was an interesting experience, walking around and being alone with all of the animals. They have a good variety and I'd definitely recommend going if you have children with you. I enjoyed it but wouldn't say that it's a must-do unless you have an extra few hours to kill.
  • I almost spent my childhood there :) besides the games with friends, of course. I really loved this museum with it's rich mineral, insects, birds and more collections. But now is a bit sad place, lots of parts of the exhibits are gone, some of the showcases are empty or look dusty and forgotten. Definitely needs new exhibits, renovation and modernisation. I rate it high because of my love and nostalgia for the good times of this place. Yet it deserves to be visited at least for the minerals and exceptional fossils.
  • Great location, great building (from outside), missing a lack of care for the place, but definitely u have to see for yourself!

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