The National Museum of Natural History

1, Tzar Osvoboditel Blvd.

The National Museum of Natural History

(Bulgarian: Национален природонаучен музей, Natsionalen prirodonauchen muzey; abbreviated НПМ, NMNHS) of Bulgaria is a museum of natural history located in Sofia, on “Tzar Osvoboditel” str. next to the Russian church. Founded in 1889, it is affiliated with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and is the first and largest museum of this kind in the Balkans.

The museum’s collection includes over 400 stuffed mammals, over 1,200 species of birds, hundreds of thousands of insects and other invertebrate, as well as samples of about one quarter of the world’s mineral species.

Today’s National Museum of Natural History was founded in 1889 as the Natural History Museum of Knyaz Ferdinand of Bulgaria.