Natural History Museums in Crete

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Natural History Museums in Crete

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  • Zeenat C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Museum, been to a lot of museums but this was absolutely beautiful, so picturesque and well preserved. My kids aged 12, 8 and 6 had a great time exploring the grounds. The cafe was lovely with free wifi. The growing fruit trees with fruit on them, how people lived in crete and the beautiful landscape was so great. We spent a good 3 hours there.
    Written June 9, 2024
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  • Zoe C
    London, UK72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We spent a few hours here with our 2 year old, she has a lovely time seeing all of the exhibits. She especially liked the terrapins and mice. There is a lot to see and do for children, including an earthquake simulator, optical illusions and a hands on area for kids to help them learn about natural history on the island and beyond. The staff were lovely and it was well worth the entry price.
    Written June 3, 2024
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  • DB2
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Former marathon athlete Georgios Afordakos is the passionate owner and guide of this little, but amazing museum full of Cretan herbs and plants. Together with 40years of collecting fossiles and prehistoric findings from the Cretan mountains, makes the guided tour an absolutely fantastic experience.
    Written October 17, 2023
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  • Stuart D
    Torslanda, Sweden44 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning little Ottoman mosque and associated dervish cells and sheikh’s residence have been converted into a fine little natural history museum.
    Beautiful architecture, including a gorgeous re-used Tuscan portal now housing a useful little museum of geology and palaeontology. Now an offshoot of an Athens university. Scholarly presentation of for example the extinct Cretan elephants and pygmy hippopotamus.
    But!!! ruined by approx 15 vast British Council signs (about 2,5 m by 1 m) just dumped in the centre of the modest main space, making it look like a neglected storage room. Unclear who at fault here: British Council providing wildly inappropriate and probably expensive signage that have zero to do with Cretan natural history; or perhaps the Athens university were just trying to dump useless old exhibit material? Irrespective, this thoughtless intrusion completely ruins a lovely little architectural gem and a fine paleontological collection.
    Beware toilets: completely unusable.
    Take time to go round the grounds, eg behind mosque: some great photo opportunities.
    Written July 7, 2021
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