Museum of Natural History in Bulgaria’s Black Sea City Burgas to Be Renovated

The building of the Burgas Museum of Natural History is a monument of culture built in 1896. Photo: Burgas Regional Museum of History

The building of the Burgas Museum of Natural History is a monument of culture built in 1896. Photo: Burgas Regional Museum of History

The building of the Museum of Natural History in Bulgaria’s Black Sea city of Burgas will be fully renovated as the Burgas Regional Museum of History has won government funding under the “Beautiful Bulgaria” Program.

The Museum of Natural History in Burgas is a department of the Regional Museum of History; its building itself is a monument of culture, and the Museum itself is known for its collection of fossils, among other things.

The reconstruction is due to begin in the upcoming months, and is expected to be completed before the end of 2016, the Burgas Regional Museum of History has announced.

It will provide for the replacement of the building’s roof, repainting of the façade and restoration of decorative elements, protection of the building from underground waters, full replacement of its electric installation and lighting, a new fire safety system, and heating insulation.

Since 2011, the Burgas Regional Museum and Burgas Municipality have been trying numerous times to secure government funding for the reconstruction of the Museum of Natural History.

However, the monument of culture status of the building has been an impediment for getting approval and funding because of the special requirements for its restoration.

The building of the Burgas Museum of Natural History was erected in 1896 in a neoclassical style with Renaissance and Baroque shapes and façade elements. It was designed for the needs of a local doctor.

Over the years, it has been used for residential purposes, and a school. The Burgas Museum of Natural History was housed there in the 1980s when the building was granted the state of a cultural monument of local importance.

The reconstruction of the Natural Museum of History will be co-funded by Burgas Municipality.