Natural History Museum
Located in a modern environment, young and older visitors can discover the wonders of nature and travel back in time ...don't forget to visit the giant Deinotherium - its size is really imposing.
The Natural History Museum is the perfect choice for little explorers! It has various sections: Zoological (animals and plants of the east Mediterranean) , Palaeontological (Deinotherium, Dinosaurs, Earthquakes), Light Mysteries (Holograms, 3D and Optical Illusions) a temporary exhibition that will be hosted in the museum until November 2014. Founded in 1980, it constantly renews the exhibits and collections so as to attract the interest of young and older visitors.
During the summer months, the museum hosts a range of exhibitions. Do not forget to see the Deinotherium, the third largest mammal ever found in the world and the largest mammal ever lived in Crete. This giant animal that lived in Crete 7-9 million years ago lives again in the museum in its real life dimensions – reaching a height of 4.5 metres and a length of 6.5 metres.
One of our favourite places in the museum is the Erevnotopos, an area of 250sqm, specially designed for children. There you and your children can discover fossils in the sand, spend a night in camp, drive a small boat and explore the various ecosystems of the Mediterranean.
Families should know
- Unfortunately the museum cafe is closed, so it is advisable that you bring water and a snack with you
- Parking is available opposite the museum at an extra charge
- Avoid the weekends as it can get busy
- The exhibits are presented in Greek and English only
- The museum often hosts interesting exhibitions and events for children. For further information, please visit: http://www.nhmc.uoc.gr/ or the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Natural-History-Museum-of-Crete-Official-Page/121435764539033
- Next to Erevnotopos, there is a screening room where the whole family can relax and enjoy interesting documentaries (in Greek and English)