Регионален Природонаучен Музей

Regional Natural History Museum

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Location: Str. Hristo G. Danov 34, Plovdiv
(42.149078, 24.742792)
Open: All year Mon-Fri 8:30-17, Sat, Sun, Hol 9-17.
Last entry 15:30.
Planetarium: 10:30, 12, 13:30, 15, 16.
Fee: Adults BGN 6, Students BGN 4, Children (0-6) BGN 1.
Tropic Hall: Adults BGN 4, Students BGN 3, Children (0-6) BGN 1.
Planetarium: Adults BGN 10, Students BGN 7, Children (0-6) BGN 3.
Groups (5-50): Adults BGN 7, Students BGN 6.
Classification: SubterraneaCave and Karst Museum
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: self guided
Photography: allowed
Address: Регионален Природонаучен Музей, ул. Христо Г. Данов 34, Пловдив 4000, България, Tel: +359-32-633096. E-mail:
Regional Natural History Museum, Str. Hristo G. Danov 34, Plovdiv 4000, Bulgaria, Tel: +359-32-633096. E-mail:
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1951 the Executive Committee of the Town Council suggested the establishment of a Natural History Museum.
1952 collections moved to the former town-hall building.
1954 renovation of building started.
05-SEP-1955 museum opened as a temporary exhibition.
08-MAY-1960 first permanent exhibition opened.
2006 renamed Regional Natural History Museum.


The Регионален Природонаучен Музей (Regional Natural History Museum) was founded in 1952 to give various collections of minerals, fossils, animals, plants, and other natural materials a new home. The former town-hall building was used to collect various neglected collections suffering deterioration. The building was renovated and the collections sorted, which was actually quite difficult because many of the specimen labels had been lost and it was difficult to identify their species and origin. The museum was opened in 1955 due to public pressure, with a temporary exhibition of the most impressive items. This exhibition was a great success and attracted tens of thousand visitors. The museum worked on permanent exhibitions which were from 1960. The sections are Evolution in organisms and inanimate nature, Plants, Invertebrates, and Vertebrates – fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The sections Geology, Edible and poisonous mushrooms in Bulgaria, Protected natural sites and plants in Plovdiv region, and Minerals from the Rhodope Massif followed. It became the second biggest museum in the country.

So far this is a normal natural history museum, but the geological and mineralogical exhibitions contain many cave related items. There are speleothems in the mineralogical section and bones from caves in the fossil section. But the museum also has an artificial cave with bats and a cave bear skeleton in the Mammals exposition. In the Paleontology exhibition a section is dedicated to the caves and their content. It includes bones of cave bears, mammoth teeth and hairy rhinoceros, as well as tools from prehistoric people.