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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  • I enjoyed this museum. I liked the old fashioned nature of the museum. lots of exhibits, some of the taxidermy was pretty good, others were pretty bad but kind of curious. interesting and I learned a ...  more »
  • Went to this small museum by chance after visiting Russian church. Fossils, mammals and birds-not to compare with Moscow on the first floor are samples of rocks, crystals and minerals; on the other two floors of stuffed birds and animals, including brown bears, "awarded" Medal for "the hunt for Nazis", made from his claw. As well as frayed stuffed monkeys, Lions and tigers and dried insects. I liked only dvuhgolovaja the turtle and stuffed monkeys. The largest History Museum in the Balkans created 120 years ago, absolutely not impressed
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  • Went here while on a weekend break with my wife. A lot of animals which were shot during the late 1800's so no protection. It was actually a bit distressing to see so many birds, fish and exotic anima...  more »
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  • The exhibition is of impressive size and scope. I was pleased to see new additions to it since my last visit a couple of years ago, including a fragment from the Chelyabinsk meteorite. On the whole, it is a very educational institution and well worth a visit.
  • Good place to take kids to discover the variety of the animal world, as well as some mineralogy. The admission cost is more than affordable, and the exhibits are of high quality and maintained with care. You also get to learn about the history of the Bulgarian scientists who took great care in founding and enriching this institution.
  • The most unique museum I have ever seen! ‘Must do’ in Sofia! :)
  • Cool displays for animals but limited in what they show you good if you're in a rush because it doesn't take long to see everything
  • 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.

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