The Earth and Man National Museum is one of the biggest mineralogical museums in the world. It was found on December 30th 1985 and welcomed its first visitors in June 19th 1987.
The museum is situated in a reconstructed and adapted historic building with an area of 4,000 m² constructed in the end of the 19th century (1896–1898). It has a number of exhibition halls, stock premises, laboratories, a video room and a conference room. Its collection covers 40% of all known naturally occurring minerals as well as man-made ceramics prepared by Bulgarian scientists. There are over 20 000 items. They have been organized in groups like giant crystals, the minerals in Bulgaria, precious stones. Other collections present the industrial use of minerals and Bulgaria’s natural resources.
Apart from its permanent expositions related to mineral diversity, the museum also often hosts various exhibitions, concerts and events like seminars, conferences and fairs. The Earth and Man National Museum hosts cultural and nature preservation events. Earth and Man National Museum is situated on Sofia’s 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd. It works each day apart from Sunday and Monday from 10 am to 6 pm. Tickets cost two leva and discounts are available for students and group visits. Explanations in foreign languages are provided, if necessary.