The Naval Museum Varna presents and promotes the naval history of Bulgaria. For 132 years of existence are collected tens of thousands of exhibits. For decades the museum studies our maritime past and the achievements of Bulgarian sailor’s work during the centuries – of the military sailors, of the dedicated to the shipping, shipbuilding, ship repair.
Since 1955 the museum has been included in the Ministry of Defense as a branch of the National War History Museum. The building, in which it is housed today, was constructed at the end of the 19th century and is an architectural monument.
In its expositions the museum presents maritime Bulgaria – the participation of our seamen in the war between Serbia and Bulgaria (1885), the Balkan War (1912 – 1913), the First World War (1914 – 1918) and the Second World War (1939 – 1945) is presented on a relatively small area of about 400 square meters.
Special attention is paid to the significant victory on 21 November 1912 when the torpedo boat Drazki successfully torpedoed the Turkish cruiser Hamidie in the Black Sea.
In an open-air exposition at the museum the visitors can see the museum ship Drazki; a torpedo cutter 123-K; a mine-sweeping cutter constructed during the Second World War according to a Bulgarian project; the sailing yacht Kor Karoli by which in 1976-77 captain Georgi Georgiev performed the first individual Bulgarian sailing around the world. A collection of various types of sea mines, boat and coast cannons, anchors, etc. are presented. The helicopters MI 4M and KA 25 C which had served in the Bulgarian water-plane aviation are also exhibited here.