The National Museum of Earth and Man is among the biggest museums that ever existed. It was opened on December 30, 1985, and started accepting visitors and tourists in early June. The museum was established primarily based on donations from Bulgarians and people from other countries.

This museum holds the largest mineralogical collections on earth. The National Museum of Earth and Man has an area of about 4,000 m² established in the 19th century. Its halls include laboratories, stock rooms, exhibition galleries, in addition to a conference room. Among the various items found here are the: man-made ceramics made by scientists.

There are about eight exhibits introducing the various collections in the museum namely: Giant Crystals, Bulgaria Mineral Resources, Minerals of Bulgaria, Mineral resources of the Earth, Collection Peter Tranteev Minerals of the Earth, Materials, and Gems.

There are seven permanent displays comprising a bulk of over 27,000 historical objects found in the National Museum of Earth and Man.

On the first floor, people are usually entertained by the giant crystal display, including crystals seldom encountered. Included in the display are quartz, fluorite, Apatite, and many others. The neighboring exhibition, “Earth’s Minerals,” includes a vast array of minerals, a lot of which are also quite rare.

In the far end of the first floor is the Peter Tranteev (1924-1979) collection. Tranteev was Bulgaria society’s founder. One of the most fascinating of those items 45 decades of exploration are the pearls.

Visitors may see most of Bulgaria’s minerals on the second floor of the National Museum of Earth and Man. Here are 291 minerals found in Bulgaria. The Vitosha exhibit includes Anatite, ceramic, Apatite, Brookite, crystals, plus an assortment of decorative stones that are cut by Kremikovtsi. There are a variety of types of Barite. From Madzharova, there are Kakosanit, native bronze, Malachite, and Orfeite. There are also minerals of additional mineral sources from also an exhibit and websites, including a wide selection of those unearthed in Bulgaria.

Beyond the Hilton hotel is the Yuzhen Park which also has a spectacular collection of several giant crystals as well as gemstones found in some parts of the world. The life-sized Paper replicas were among the museum’s attraction that caught the interests of most kids who visited.
Bulgaria is one of the countries in the world blessed with a rich mineral and natural resources.

A store, laboratories, a library and also a function hall make up this amazing museum. The museum hosts exhibitions and events such as conferences seminars and fairs. Often, the museum organizes events that are nature preservation and cultural activities. The National Museum of Earth and Man is located in Sofia Cherni Vruh boulevard. It functions daily except on Mondays and Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm.

The National Museum of Earth and Man is situated directly next to the National Palace of Culture. If you are one of those people who gets fascinated with gems and crystals like me, then book a trip to Sophia and get enchanted with natures natural treasures.


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