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Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is the perfect choice for little explorers. It is divided into various sections such as the Zoological (animals and plants of the east Mediterranean) and Palaeontological (Deinotherium, Dinosaurs, and Earthquakes). Founded in 1980, it constantly renews the collections to attract the interest of young and older visitors. During the summer months, the museum hosts a range of exhibitions.

Do not miss the Deinotherium, a large prehistoric relative of modern-day elephants. It is 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 experiment and play area of 250m2, 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

  • You must bring your own water and a snack
  • 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
  • For prompt information about the timetable and tickets please follow this link: http://www.nhmc.uoc.gr
Telephone: (+30) 2810282740
Address: Sofokli Venizelou street (west of the port), 71202, Heraklion, Crete

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Kids will love

  • The interactive games in the research area called Erevnotopos
  • The turtles, chameleons and other animals in the living museum

Parents will love

  • The Earthquake simulator-up to 6 Richter
  • Learning new things together with their kids
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Best season to visit

  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter
  • spring
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  • If you travel with children and you find yourself in Heraklion, it is worth visiting. Amazing photos and rare artefacts.

  • Outstanding experience for kids. A museum that feels so different with highly educational programs. You should ALL go.

  • It is definitely worth a visit. The children were amazed by the dinosaurs and were looking frantically for fossils in the specifically designed areas. We were impressed by the earthquake simulator, we experienced an earthquake of 6 Richter … It was scary.

  • The Natural History Museum in Heraklion was a fun and highly educational experience. The earthquake simulator is impressive. You can even learn how to protect yourself in the case of an earthquake.

 

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