The Natural History Museum was founded in 1964 by Angelos and Niki Goulandris, as a private non profit institution devoted to study and protection of natural environment, the first museum of its kind to be established in Greece.
Goulandris Natural History Museum at Kifisia, Athens
The Museum galleries host extensive collections of animal and plant fossils, representative samples of contemporary flora and fauna from all over the Greek territory and a rich minerals and rock collection. The exhibits illustrate the evolution and biodiversity of ecosystems, while a special display is dedicated to man’s first appearance and development on earth.
The exhibition galleries encompass the following fields:
- Marine Biology
Furthermore the Institute’s primary mission – and its founders’ vision – is to promote the ecological principals and the environmental protection ethics. Special displays are dedicated to two marine species threatened by extinction, the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) – a rare and one of the most endangered mammals in the world – and the Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta).
In addition the Museum has developed a continuous and eminent scientific activity, relating to field research, collection, identification and recording of species, landscape studies of areas of particular environmental interest, digitization of the museum collections, publications, collaborations with other scientific centres and institutes in Greece and abroad.
The Goulandris Natural History Museum was also the first to initiate environmental education in Greece and today plays a pivotal role in this field by the implementation of programs, projects and workshops, addressed to pre-school and school-aged children, but also to the general public. Ever since its foundation the activities of the Museum focus on raising awareness about the critical environmental issues and cultivating attitudes favouring the preservation of natural wealth.
Goulandris Natural History Museum
13 Levidou street,
145 62 Kifissia, Greece
Telephone: +30 210 8015870, 7274180
Fax: +30 210 8080674
Email: [email protected]
Tuesday to Friday: 09.00 – 14.30.
Saterdays and Sundays: 10.00 – 15.00
Public Holidays: CLOSED