| MUSEUMS IN SOFIA |
16 Vitoshko lale str., Sofia 1618, BULGARIA
++359/2/955-4280; ++359/2/955-4290; ++359/2/955-7604
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: www.historymuseum.org
Dr. Bojidar Dimitrov
1 Nov - 30 Apr (winter): 9.30 AM - 17.15 PM EET (GMT+2)
1 May - 31 Oct (summer): 10.30 AM - 18.15 PM
Closed on national holidays - 1 Jan, 3 Mar, 24 May, 6 Sep, 24 Dec.
Tickets: 0.80 BGN (Adults); 0.30 BGN (Children under 18 years, soldiers and retired people)
Foreigners: 4 BGN (2 EUR)
Thursdays and on the International Day of Museums (May 18th): FREE.
Guided tours in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian and Russian: 10 BGN.
Bookings and inquiries: Phone: ++359/2/955-4280; Fax: ++359/2/955-7602
Cameras and video cameras, smoking and food are not allowed in the museum.
Facilities: Library, Computer Information System, Wardrobe, WC, Info Desk, Cafe Bar, Souvenir Shop, and 3 Bookshops.
10.00 - 12.00/ 14.00 - 18.00; Closed on Mondays.
2, Saborna St. 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
Web site: www.naim.bg
Remains of Thracian, Greek and Roman settlements in the ivy-clad 15th century 'Buyuk(Big)Mosque'.
10.00 - 18.00; Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Tcherni Vrah Blvd. 4, 1420 Sofia, Bulgaria
Web site: www.earthandman.org
Assoc. Prof. Mihail Maleev, PhD
Founded in 1986. Over 20,000 exhibits are on display, divided into six sections: Giant Crystals, Minerals of the Earth, Industrial Minerals, Raw Material Sources of Bulgaria, Gems, New Materials. The museum also holds art exhibitions and classical music evenings, which are noted in our cultural supplement.
| NATIONAL NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM|
10.00 - 19.00; No day off.
Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd. 1, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
++359/2/874-195; ++359/2/988-5115 ext. 711
Web site: www.nmnhs.com
Assoc. Prof. Peter Beron, PhD
The museum was founded in 1889 and opened to visitors in 1907. Nowadays the museum has three major sections: Geology, Zoology and Botany. Apart from several meteorites, the 'Earth and Space' exhibition features unique lunar samples and an impressive dinosaur skeleton. A special exhibition shows live pythons, crocodiles, and iguanas.
10.30 - 17.30; Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
6A, Moskovska St., 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
The museum displays folk costumes, fabrics, jewelry,wood cuttings, hammered ironwork, etc. A small craft shop sells crafts, costumes and musical instruments from all over Bulgaria. In the former Royal Palace on Tsar Osvohoditel Blvd., along with the National Art Gallery.
| THE ALEXANDER NEVSKY CRYPT|
10.30 - 12.30/14.00 - 18.30; Closed on Tuesdays.
1, St. Alexander Nevsky, Sq. 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
The crypt museum was founded in 1965 and contains items from the very beginnings of Bulgarian iconography (the end of the 9th century) until the end of the 19th century. All stages of the Bulgarian iconography school are represented in a collection of 1500 items.
Vitosha Mountain, winter
© 2023, D. Georgieva
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UK Embassy in Bulgaria, 31/01/2019
Ambassador Emma Hopkins has a message for UK nationals in Bulgaria. In it she provides an update on latest negotiations, the Embassy's recent work and reminds of the importance of registering with Bulgarian authorities if you reside in Bulgaria. [watch the video]
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