The Natural History Museum of Crete is located on Sofoklis Venizelou coastal avenue, west of Heraklion port, and it is housed in a listed industrial building. It opened in 1980 under the umbrella of the School of Sciences of the University of Crete.
The exhibition occupies two floors and it comprises several sections. The visitor can actively participate and get to know the exhibits through three-dimensional, exciting and interactive exhibits.
In the museum you will find the Mega-dioramas section (aiming at presenting the environmental characteristics of the Mediterranean basin with Crete and Greece being a point of reference, showing forest life, heaths, coasts, wetlands, etc.), the Deinotherium section (the skeleton of one of the biggest animals of its kind that existed in Crete 8,5 million years ago), the Living Museum section (a space with specially designed showcases with live vipers, chameleons, frogs, etc.) the Earthquake section (a means to get familiar with earthquakes), the Discovery centre -Stavros Niarchos (a microcosm of the Mediterranean ecosystems, specially designed for children), and the Fossils section (the palaeontological collection of the German professor Siegfriend E. Kuss).
At the museum, you will also find a gift shop with exciting souvenirs for you and your loved ones.