More than 20 years ago a group of young Bulgarian scientists realized one dream of their own – Bulgaria to be present at the furthest possible and the most unknown continent – Antarctica. The dream became a reality due to their unremitting work, will and selflessness. Antarctica – The Bulgarian Frozen Fairytale Exhibition is a story – chronicle about the difficult way that Bulgarian scientists and explorers passed over the years for the mastery, study and research of the glacial continent.
The Bulgarian Antarctic Institute (BAI) is co – organizer of the exhibition. It donated to the National Museum of History more than 100 exhibits, connected with the activities of the Bulgarian Arctic expeditions from 1987 to 2013. The collections of scale samples and minerals, the collection of lichens and fungi, geological and geographical maps, alpine equipment, gauges, books, jubilee stamps, photos, and others are more attractive.
The exhibition shows most of the artefacts. Curious accents of the exposition are a restoration model of a geological field camp from the 1980s, a model of the Bulgarian Antarctic base Sveti Kliment Ohridski (Saint Clement of Ohrid) and the three – dimensional model of the Bulgarian Orthodox Chapel Sveti Ivan Rilski (Saint John of Rila) which is one of the architectural landmarks on the glacial continent.
The leading texts of the exhibition provide detailed information about the geographical peculiarities, eco – system, flora and fauna of the continent as well as about the activity of the Bulgarian Antarctic Institute (BAI) and show a date by date chronicle of the Bulgarian presence on the Antarctica, etc.