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A sheer celebration of life and living things is the first thing which comes to my mind, when I think of the National Museum of Natural History in Sofia, Bulgaria. The ambience of this place sings the song of natural beauty which is the core theme of this museum. From the existence of mankind till today, the place exhibits some of the beautiful species that has been showcased exquisitely and creatively. The musty halls of this museum may provide a feeling of going back to school, but the stuffed items overshadow it with their mere cuteness.
A Celebration of the Existence of Different Species
The department of paleontology and mineralogy have some of the most beautiful creations of creatures which have been preserved in this museum in the form of fossils and rocks. The exhibition of a fossil of various mammals has been creatively organized so to remove the boring aspect which is found in various museums. The specially designed display units have been creatively organized to ensure that every visitor has an experience full of fun and frolic. The unique collection of mollusks and coral is impressive and will catch the visitor's attention. The engaging collection of minerals and rocks have been methodically divided into four categories to provide a tour of convenience to the visitors, which displays a collection of fourteen thousand specimens.
Coming to this museum and admiring this wide range of beautiful flowers, never made botany look so impressive, interesting and beautiful. Moving from one beautiful flower to another, you appreciate these natural beauties and wonder why it did not look so attractive during school days. The walk of admiration informs about the different beautiful flowers which are found in Bulgaria, and the museum has around one thousand and two hundred samples. The various vibrant colors of different flowers are popping out of the picture and adds beauty to the entire hall. The expert researchers of the museum conduct studies on each specimen, which is further available for the visitor's knowledge.
This department in the museum, can send shivers down the spine after looking at the various species of creepy insects. Though, there are some beautiful butterflies too, which is the saving grace. The experience of this department in the museum can be horrific for many people who go ballistic after seeing an insect. You would practically feel at times that the insects are on you which is due to the impressive display of lights that is conducted to enhance the experience of the visitors. The museum exhibits a huge collection of butterfly in which two hundred forty boxes of butterfly belonged to the first king of modern Bulgaria and his son.
This department is built around the theme of vertebrates, but for the visitors, it's the department which loudly says and displays fun. They have the coolest and the cutest stuffed animals which can become anyone's favorite soft toy. This approach towards displaying the vertebrates' species, highlights innovation which has been adopted by the museum staff perfectly. Fishes, birds, amphibians, and reptiles have been beautifully created in stuffed toy form which adds fun to this informative tour. This department also highlights some of the native species of Bulgaria, which is a treat to watch.
This trip of infotainment to the National Museum of Natural History encourages each visitor to perform their part towards preserving nature. The researcher at the museum has a key motto of working towards different studies which help in preserving the nature for the coming generation. The museum staff also performs many activities involving children and adults which are based on conservation of nature.
How to Get Tickets?
The tickets to the National Museum of Natural History are available at the entrance of the museum, which may range from $5 to $10. There are special tickets too which include a few other places too. The tickets can be purchased through online, information related to tickets in on this website.
How To Get Around?
There are various ways of transport which may help to reach the museum. The nearest subway station is Serdika and Sofia University Stop. The nearest trolley bus station is Alexandar Nevski Stop. Special facilities are available for disabled people with mobile platforms which will help them to roam freely in the museum, without any stress.
What Should I Wear?
There is no dress code which has been made official by the museum. Everyone is free to wear anything which they want. You can add more to your children's experience by dressing them in the form of any species, for example, girls can be dressed as butterflies and boys can be dressed as any cute mammal.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the museum is from 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. the museum is open for all days of the week. The last admission to the museum is one hour before the closing time.
Will I Need a Guide?
Yes, hiring a guide can enhance your experience as you will be informed more about the species and the information provided might not have been mentioned.
How To Get There?
Sofia can be reached through bus, train, taxi, and flight. The Sofia airport connects with all the major international and domestic airports.
Make sure to carry all your documents while travelling. Keep little cash with you and carry a credit or a debit card instead for convenience.