National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum, Varna

National Maritime Museum
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Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Nik R
Varna, Bulgaria6,679 contributions
Well located in the Sea Garden, at the southern end, this is a small but perfectly arranged museum with many items on display and tons of information about the history of Bulgarian Navy (and a small room about the merchant shipping).
You may choose to visit the museum itself, its indoor and outdoor exhibitions, or to visit the torpedo boat "Drazki" as well for which you will have to pay an extra 1 €. On board "Drazki", there is access to the wardroom and the officers' quarters and the forward torpedo compartment where are some plaques with some explanations and old photos.
The outdoor exhibition consists of, except "Drazki" and another fast torpedo boat, plenty anchors of different types from various ships, some found in Bulgarian coastal waters; ship's guns and such of shore battery; large collection of sea mines; 2 helicopters used in the Navy; etc. But probably the most valuable exhibit, displayed on a separate platform, is the yacht "Cor Caroli" with which Captain Georgi Georgiev circumnavigated the globe in 1976/77 and his achievement was recorded in the Book of World Records "Guinness" in 1982 as the shortest for yachts.
The indoor exhibition is displayed in several rooms on the 2 floors of the museum in sort of a chronological order - ship's bow figures and other stuff from ancient sailing vessels found in the Black Sea, items and machinery from the first ships of the Bulgarian Navy, various paraphernalia of famous sailors and commanders of the Navy, old and modern uniforms, plenty of information boards in Bulgarian and English, models of naval and cargo vessels and so on.
I may say this museum is simply unique for the scale of the Bulgarian Navy and shipping in general, compared to those of countries with much longer standing Navies.
A visit to the Naval Museum would be of great interest to every boy and man for sure!
Written June 8, 2021
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Torinobaba
Godollo, Hungary1,211 contributions
We enjoyed the time here, outside it was mandatory to wear masks but outside no.
The outside part was more interesting for us than the inside museum as these 2 is totally 2 different style / thing. Plan to visit the outside exhibition also, so do not go there on rainy day.
The staff was kind and helpful.
Definitely worth the money to visit.
Written January 9, 2022
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Seda Aykut
Istanbul, Turkey167 contributions
Family
The museum is in the very beginning of the park. İt is not very big inside okey you can see some old objects.outside there is also garden with old navy subjects . Across there is medicine museum you must see this as well
Written October 30, 2021
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Ivelin M
Gorna Oryahovitsa, Bulgaria71 contributions
An enjoyable place to visit but due to the lack of a developed sea history it cannot be expected for people to be impressed on a global scale, it is however rather appropriate for an individual person to learn something.
Written July 3, 2016
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AKC60
Reigate, UK71 contributions
The museum is a bit all over the place... but in an understandable way, I suppose. The history of Bulgaria means there's lots to say about its maritime past but there's not always been continuity - most recently its Soviet rule. The museum picks its way around all this quite diplomatically while adding a sense drama.
It's good fun - getting into a real submarine! - but it's lacking a coherent narrative. Don't let that put you off - it's fun and cheap and a good way to pass an hour.
Written September 29, 2019
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LussyV
Varna, Bulgaria907 contributions
A museum dedicated to the marine situated in the sea garden in a beautiful old house near the swimming complex.
Written May 25, 2016
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IlmenGozde
Istanbul, Turkey26 contributions
Family
National Maritime Museum is in the primorsky park.There are old battle ships, submarine, cannons and guns
Written September 22, 2013
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Martti P
Hyvinkaa, Finland1,574 contributions
Couples
Little surprised by the price of inside collection versus the outside collection plus the ship but suggest to buy both tickets.
Inside you cannot take pics of the historical collection but outside are helicopters, cannons, boats and separate boat you can access for small fee.
Visit this on a sunny day for the outside is nice to watch.
Written July 20, 2018
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CaptainC63
Bernese Oberland, Switzerland60 contributions
Couples
Only when we arrived did we find out that entrance was free on that day so it made the visit even more pleasant. The museum is in the old french consulate which is a nice building in itself.
Written July 5, 2018
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T K
Bucharest, Romania26 contributions
Family
My teenage boys really liked looking at the military vehicles and artifacts that are located outside, but the adults in the group appreciated the indoor artifacts as well. Good way to spend an hour or so if you're in the gardens.
Written October 22, 2017
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