We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

National Museum of Natural History

Review Highlights
Huge diversity of animals but some innovation is needed

I have visited the museum multiple times. In fact, that was my favourite museum as a child because... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2018
Hristina S
via mobile
Worth a visit but be prepared

Went here while on a weekend break with my wife. A lot of animals which were shot during the late... read more

Reviewed 20 December 2017
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Read all 139 reviews
All photos (115)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good35%
  • Average17%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
bul.Tsar Osvoboditel 1, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
+359 87 922 6575
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Sofia
Reviews (139)
Filter reviews
63 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsinteresting exhibitsfour floorsimpressive collectionenglish informationworth a visitentry feetaxidermybirdsmineralsextinctprotectionshootingbulgaria
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 63 reviews
Reviewed 7 June 2018

My partner and I were wowed by the collection. If you're an English speaker don't let the lack of English information on the ground floor put you off, there is more information in English on the other floors.

Thank Jamwill1
Reviewed 5 June 2018

This museum seems really 'dated'. Lots of stairs to climb, which I found to be fairly challenging, given the stifling heat. Specimens were definitely not preserved through 'cutting edge' taxidermy, given obvious fabric seams and tiny nails holding them together. However, the groups of little...More

Thank starlightShanghai
Reviewed 31 May 2018

I visited this museum for the first time when I was a child, it became one of my favorite places in the city because I was thirsty to learn as much as I could about animals. I went again last month and I realized it...More

Thank Svetlozara K
Reviewed 31 May 2018

My wife and I toured the National Museum of Natural History when visiting Sofia during a 10-day holiday in Bulgaria. It is located on the main highway through the city (Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd) and the entry fee for seniors was only BGN 2 pp, which...More

Thank Richard_Harpum
Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

I have visited the museum multiple times. In fact, that was my favourite museum as a child because it gave me the possibility to see animals I had only read about. Unfortunately, taxidermy is very outdated practice nowadays and the museum needs a little refreshment,...More

Thank Hristina S
Reviewed 3 February 2018

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 lot about fishes.

Thank scott1barden
Reviewed 20 December 2017

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 animals in that way but it is...More

Thank opinion1952
Reviewed 27 November 2017

This would be interesting to kids who wouldn't have seen real stuffed animals and fossils etc before, but is now sadly outdated.

Thank simonominch
Reviewed 14 November 2017

Compared to natural history museums in other national capitals, this one is very limited. It is small and most of the collections are limited and appear in need of attention. They do have one of the largest collections of birds I have seen, however, and...More

Thank Ralph D
Reviewed 27 October 2017

Decided to pay a visit as part of a four day trip and was slightly underwhelmed. Although only 5 Lev entry and being spread over four floors, there isn't much to write home about. pretty much the usual specimens including some large stuffed beasts! Needs...More

Thank flaminggiraffe
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from National Museum of Natural History staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines