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Naval Museum

REF NR: 1816

The Museum was opened on May 20, 1923. In 1956 it moved to Diana, a romantic villa which Asaretto, an Italian consul, built in 1890.The 12 halls on two levels trace the history of navigation in the Black sea and the river Danube.

The exposition begins with materials about the Black Sea’s first navigators in the 6th century B.C. and ends with the yacht Kor Karolli with which Capt. Gheorgi Gheorgiev, made the first Bulgarian round-the-world solo voyage.

Also on show are photographs of the first Bulgarian men-of-war, the first Bulgarian sea mines, and documents from the lives of the first Navy commanders, Capt. Stancho Dimitriev and Capt. Dimiter Dobrev. A model of the cruiser The Nadezhda (Hope) and its battle flag acquaint visitors with one of Bulgarian battleships from the beginning of the 20th century.

Other documents and photographs depict the operations of Bulgarian Navy at the close of World War II. Part of the Museum exhibits are in the courtyard and outside, in the Park itself, and includes sea and river mines, coastal artillery cannon and a submarine periscope offering a vista of the ships moored in VarnaBay.

The biggest single piece of exhibit in the Museum is The Druzki (Intrepid), a celebrated torpedo boat, which brought Bulgarian Navy one of its biggest naval victories, by torpedoing the huge Turkish cruiser The Hamidie during the First Balkan War of 1912.


The Naval Museum


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Great museum to visit
I have walked past the museum on many occasions looking at the external exhibits such as the helicopter with twin blades and the super torpedo boat which is pitched so well in the air; however this year I ventured inside for the first time and was very impressed with the exhibits hidden away inside the building. You can wander around and spend at least one hour looking and reading about the exhibits on show, thoroughly recommended and good value at only a few Lev.

Cons: None
Pros: So much to see
Sean C, Sep 24, '13