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The Goulandris Museum of Natural History, Athens

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The Goulandris Museum of Natural History is a museum in Kifisia, a northeastern suburb of Athens, Greece. It was founded by Angelos Goulandris and Niki Goulandris in 1965 in order to promote interest in the natural sciences, to raise the awareness of the public, in general, and in particular to call its attention to the need to protect Greece's natural wildlife habitats and species in the danger of extinction.The museum includes large collections of insects, mammals, birds, reptiles, shells, rocks, minerals and fossils, from the rich natural wildlife of the Greek territory. The botanical collections number over 200.000 species of plants, among which there are 145 newly discovered ones, which have been recorded thanks to the museum's research. The kernel of the botanical collection was formed when it acquired the collection of Constantine Goulimis, the author of Wild Flowers of Greece that was illustrated by Niki Goulandris. In the museum's laboratories, scientific research is being carried out in the areas of ecology, botany, zoology, geology, palaeontology and biotechnology. In the exhibition rooms are presented in detail the variety and interdependence of the biocommunities and the floral, animal and geological wealth of Greece.
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  • A very beautiful museum with numerous fossils, rocks and stuffed animals. Great place for kids and adults
  • Nice to come here with kids! Excellent cafe/restaurant.
  • I used to think very highly of this museum and having been there thrice as a kid I expected it to be truly fascinating. Instead I came across a lack of care for the guests in all levels. There was a place where you could supposedly leave things (coats, bags and such) but no one was at the booth and never appeared, there was no air-conditioning though it was hot and there is no flow from one part of the exhibition to the next and no new signs to point the guest to the right direction. The things in the displays are interesting but it has gotten old and no one has cared to upgrade it to current standards. I feel sad looking at my favourite museum turn out like that...
  • If your Imagining the British Natural History Museum you'll be disappointed but by Greek standards this is as good as it gets
  • Very quiet and cozy place.