Museum of Geology and Paleontology is one of the largest specialized museums in Bulgaria. It was founded in 1961. The first collection was created 45 years ago as a demonstrative material supporting the teaching process in corresponding geological courses. 

On this basis the museum was established as an independent section later in 1961. Then it was opened for visitors. The area of the museum is 260 m2. 
The samples of the exhibitions have been collected by many Bulgarian geologists. The museum is very attractive not only for the specialists- paleontologists and stratigraphers, but also for visitors with general interest in earth sciences. 
There are thousands of fossils and rocks in the exposition of the Museum. Most of them are from the territory of Bulgaria, but the samples from Russia, Germany, China, Brasil and some other countries are also included. The expositions are continuously being supplemented by exchange and donatons. 
 
In the museum are exposed the following permanent exhibitions. 
Paleontology- the fossils are arranged according to the biological nomenclature. There are representatives of the Phylum Protozoa, Spongia, Coelenterata ( class Anthozoa), Arthropoda ( class Trilobita, class Crustacea) , Mollusca ( class Polyplacophora, Gastropoda, Scaphopoda, Bivalvia, Cephalopoda), Brachiopoda (class Inarticulata, Articulata) , Echinodermata (class Crinoidea, Asteroidea, Echinoidea), Hemichordata ( class Graptolithina), Vertebrata- Phylum Chordata (superclass Pisces, class Mammalia). The  collection of paleoflora consists of fossils from  subregnum Chrysobionta- ordo Chrisophyta, subregnum Magnoliobionta- ordo Lycopodiophyta, Equisetophyta,  Polypodiophyta, Magnoliophytina. 
Consultant: Assoc. Prof. Dimitar Sinnyovsky, Ph.D.. 
Historical Geology- the exhibits give an idea about the development of the life on the Earth from Vendian to the Quaternary period. The samples are arranged according to the age. Here are exposed fossils and rocks from all over the world. Consultant: Assoc. Prof. Malorad Vatzev, Ph.D. 

Geology of Bulgaria- characteristic fossils and rocks, geological and tectonic map collection, conserning Bulgarian territory and adjacent regions are exposed. Consultant- Assoc. Prof. Venelin Jelev Jelev, Ph.D.

 
Structural Geology- this is an unique collection of morphological types of structures: primary sedimentary structures; structures of magmatic bodies; mesoscopic folds; foliations, joints and fault rocks. Consultant- Assoc. Prof. Manol Antonov, Ph.D.
General Geology- samples of common rock-forming minerals and examples of the major types of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks are shown. Consultant: Assoc. Prof. Krastyo Krastev, Ph.D. 
Monographic collections- they are the most valuable ones. Here are kept fossils and rocks from sientific publications. Exhibits represented in this section are: 
Jurassic Bellemnites -Prof. Maria Vergilova Ph.D. 
Neogene Bivalves- Prof. Boris Strashimirov Ph.D. 
Triassic rocks from Western Bulgaria- Assoc. Prof. Michail Moev 
Paleogene and Neogene flora- Assoc. Prof. Malorad Vatsev Ph.D. 
Cretaceous Nannofossils- Assoc. Prof. Dimitar Sinnyovsky, Ph.D. 
Cretaceous and Early Paleocene Echinoids- Eng. Tanya Ilieva 
 

The museum is equipped for the study of micro- and macrofossils and welcomes the enquires about collaborative research projects and advisory services. Identification services are offered too. We also provide consultancy on the interpretation of  stratigraphy,  regional geology and tectonics.
Approximate number of specimens - 8000. Fossils ~6000. Rocks from Balkan peninsula- 2200
The museum has material available for exchange. 


In case of  inquires do not hesitate to contact eng. Tanya Ilieva echino@staff.mgu.bg