Earth and Man is very intriguing museum where you can learn a lot about nature. Established on 1st January 1986 and later opened for visitors on 19th June 1987, the museum was completely created with donations by local and foreign citizens and companies. Its collection of more than 29000 exhibits is divided into a few sections:
The ‘Giant Crystals’ collection is one of the biggest in the world and is really impressive. The ‘’Mineral resources of the Earth’’ collection contains minerals, used for industrial purposes from more than 100 countries. ‘Minerals of the Earth’ is the biggest mineral collection on the Balkan Peninsula, containing more than 1500 mineral exhibits.
In the ‘Minerals of Bulgaria’ collection you can see the variety of the Bulgarian nature and about 350 mineral exhibits from this country. In the other similar collection – ‘Mineral Resources of Bulgaria’ you will see 2950 minerals, used with different purposes. Because of the geological development of the country, it has rich mineral resources and in the ‘Earth and Man’ Museum you can see this huge variety.
For most of the people, the ‘Precious and Decorative Stones’ collection is the most impressive one here. You will see 2165 really beautiful and interesting stones.
After the tour here, you can visit the souvenir shop of the museum and buy a gift for yourself, your friend or a relative.
The museum also hosts various cultural events – photo and art exhibitions, concert, fairs and many others. My favourite event here was an exhibition of cats. Hundreds of cats were presented by their owners and that was one really cute and fluffy day for me. So, you can see different and interesting things here; the museum is really worth a visit.
During the years, the museum has organized more than 30 guesting exhibits – 2 in different countries and 31 in various cities in Bulgaria. Thus, all Bulgarians can get to know the variety of the natural resources in the country and the region and the close relationship between man and nature.
The best way is to use the subway and get off at 'National Palace' station. Then, you need to walk about 10 minutes.