The Natural History Museum of Crete, Heraklion

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World heritage site · Natural History Museum · Museum
The Natural History Museum of Crete remains dedicated to the plant and animal life of the Eastern Mediterranean region, with an emphasis on Greece and Crete. View fascinating exhibits like the representations of ecosystems; an elephant-like, nearly complete skeleton of one of the largest species that ever lived on earth; an earthquake simulator; and interactive discovery displays for children. Do not miss the living-animal exhibit with small aquariums housing native creatures. Before you head to Heraklion, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Heraklion journey planning app, to make sure you see all that Heraklion has to offer, including The Natural History Museum of Crete.
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  • Found this museum perfect for younger children (ours 3&7) Exceeded expectations really nice interactive parts all felt v covid safe when we were there (aug 21) personally think it would suit any...  more »
  • While this place isn’t horrible by any means, it’s far from even average. First, the whole building is rather warm (bad AC/no fans). Additionally, when we visited, at least 40% of the place was under....  more »
  • A patchwork of poorly maintained exhibitions without clear organization. Industrial architecture. Many empty spots. Only minimal information on the Cretan biodiversity. (Eg nothing on sea-life, two...  more »
  • This is a very well done museum. The people there are helpful and informative. The exhibits, especially the Discovery (kids), local wildlife, and temporary optical illusion were great. It has some great touches in the kids area that my kids (6&9) enjoyed. It was fun looking at the animals and insects on Crete and crossing off what we had seen.
  • The best natural museum I've been to. It's managed by the University of Crete, the staff working there are very pleasant and the design is amazing. They have a huge variety of exhibits, including plants and animals of Crete and Greece in general. They have activities for children and documentaries playing and earthquake simulation. Honestly if it was a little cheaper I'd visit it twice to explore it in my own time.
  • You can easily spend a bit of time in here. I really went for the earthquake simulator and it was an interesting experience. It was very interesting to experience what a 5 Richter earthquake feels like in different situations. But it was overall a nice way to spend an afternoon.
  • Awesome museum! Five floors of interesting and scientific displays! Especialy great part for kids to do research, learn about nature and science!
  • Nice museum. You learn a lot and there are good activities for kids. Make sure to take a tour into the kids area (lowest floor) and the side rooms with interactive learning. Lots of anmals and dinosaurs. Nice for kids and adults. If you know english the cinema is interesting.

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