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The Natural History Museum of Crete

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Address: Sofokli Venizelou Ave., Heraklion, Crete 71202, Greece
Phone Number: +30 281 028 2740
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Description: The Natural History Museum of Crete (NHMC) demonstrates with an impressive...
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.
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I didn't realise that the museum covers the natural history of the Mediterranean, not only Crete, so the impressive dioramas included animals such as the brown bear and wolf, as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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Oxford
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51 reviews 51 reviews
6 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I didn't realise that the museum covers the natural history of the Mediterranean, not only Crete, so the impressive dioramas included animals such as the brown bear and wolf, as well as species endemic to Crete such as the Cretan wildcat. I really enjoyed viewing these, and experiencing the earthquake simulator. There was also an excellent temporary, interactive exhibition about... More 

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Crete, Greece
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10 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

As another reviewer has said, this museum is really for the children, and it seems to perform that function well. There are models of dinosaurs and the stuffed bodies of creatures and birds found all over Crete, and a section with live animals as well. Once an hour there's a practical demonstration of what it's like to be in an... More 

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I visited to research ecology in Crete and mainland Greece, and the staff was very willing and able to answer any questions I had. The earthquake simulator was pretty cool too! Not a place to spend tons of time, but it's a good place to go for a little while with kids.

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Basel, Switzerland
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131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

You will not find endemic species of plants or animals. Some Showrooms with Animals of Europe and many Dinosaurier of Plastic....

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Yekaterinburg, Russia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This museum was the only place we visited in Heraklion. We found it easy to get there. When we were planning our trip, we found a parking place and, as a result, there wasn't any trouble with it (https://www.google.ru/maps/place/35%C2%B020'27.4%22N+25%C2%B007'41.1%22E/@35.340946,25.128074,243m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0?hl=en). We got the museum at 10:50 and had a great opportunity to visit an earthquake lecture that started every hour. The... More 

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Heraklion, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I visited the museum with my godchild who is 5 and a big fan of disosaurs,he was thiled and i also had a great time and we both learnt new stuff.

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Elgin, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Its pretty small even though it has 4 floors, but there were some interesting exhibits. Got to experience what different earthquakes felt like on a simulator. The upstairs with the mirrors and light mysteries was very cool for all ages, but otherwise, probably more interesting for youth. They do have a botanical garden but it was in poor shape. needed... More 

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Heraklion, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This is my favorite museum in Heraklion. I live locally and visit it periodically. The natural history stuff is of international class, including live and stuffed animals (including turtles, water turtles, frogs, fish, crabs), earthquake simulation. The quality of presentation is in large because this musuem is part of the local university. Most interesting for kids are the interactive activities,... More 

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yeovil
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

just so full of history lovely.plenty to see and learn.easy to get too and staff willing to explain things to you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Nice variety of things to see, our favourite was the 'light & lazer' section. We also found the earthquake simulator very interesting but it's just not suitable for people with back problems. Overall a good visit :)

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