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The Natural History Museum of Crete

Sofokli Venizelou Ave., Heraklion, Crete 71202, Greece
30 2810 282740
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Ranked #4 of 33 attractions in Heraklion
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums
Owner description: The Natural History Museum of Crete (NHMC) demonstrates with an impressive manner the natural environment of eastern Mediterranean area with special... more » Owner description: The Natural History Museum of Crete (NHMC) demonstrates with an impressive manner the natural environment of eastern Mediterranean area with special emphasis on Greece and Crete. « less
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We visited the museum whilst trying to use up time on our way to the airport. We're glad we did. It's one of the best museums we've visited in a long time. Superb permanent displays, the dinosaurs are huge and very impressive. Interpretation is well done and carefully considered. Plenty of information without being overwhelming. There is lots for children... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Small collection of stuffed animals but when we went they had two temporary sections - 3D pictures and light as well as dinosaurs - which were both excellent. Quite small but well worth a visit with kids. Short walk from city centre.

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Paris, France
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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This museum is situated in a restored industrial building on the seafront. Firstly, the building itself is interesting. The museum is nothing remarkable but the enthusiastic dedication of the young staff is very appealing. The museum is directed very much towards kids (my 11 year old daughter liked it very much). One point of note: the earthquake simulator - you... More

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Well laid out and many exhibits after extensive renovation. Gift shop quite poor. You are not allowed to photogragh some exhibits but there are noticies advising you of this

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Prairieville
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7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This museum was on my maybe list, but I am so glad I did not skip it. It is not like others natural history museums I have been to as it is very creatively structured with interesting and varied exhibits. Being a big kid, I really enjoyed the earthquake experience.

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Rhodes, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I liked everything, also the expo with the moving dinosaurs. The ticket was ok (8euros) and the book-gift store quit plesant with many books and toys for the children

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We went to the natural history museum and were delightfully surprised by the quality of the museum. The holographic portion of the museum was fascinating. One novel feature is the earthquake simulator which was actually pretty awesome.

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Erlenbach über Schweich, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Our son begged to stay at this upscale museum to be with his favorite pals, those big lizards with big teeth. He particularly liked digging up his own fossils and bones with the help of the great staff here. The earthquake experience also brought out the screams of joy. Highly recommend this for anyone with kids visiting Crete.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This small museum is ostensibly a natural history museum with displays about the flora and fauna of Crete arranged as if on a mountain leading down to the sea and then underground. I have to say that that aspect of the museum was pretty boring, with old fashioned cases of stuffed animals in dioramas. However what made the experience great... More

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Warsaw, Poland
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

If you have young children, it is a very good direction to go. We skipped archaeological museums as with 4 year old child - they mostly love jumping over stones which causes severe knee bruises;) But this one was enjoyed by children - especially digging out archaeological artifacts, cool glasses and helmet to wear and earthquake simulator and anything they... More

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