Natural History Museum of Crete

Natural History Museum of Crete

The museum, which functions under the auspices of the University of Crete, was founded in 1980 with the aim of researching and managing the natural environment, as well as educating and increasing the awareness of Cretans and visitors.

The museum’s presentation of various animal and bird species uses sophisticated audio equipment for faithful sound reproduction.

Natural History Museum

The rooms are thematically divided, with additional sections that focus on species threatened by extinction, as well as unique geological and ecological systems, such as caves and gorges.

Moving towards the right, after entering the museum, visitors come to a series of rooms whose focus is on presenting Crete’s plants and animals, cave systems, forests, beaches, and seas.

Museum LogoTo the left are the rooms that deal with the island’s mountain ranges and heaths.

The botanical garden, outside, contains plants both common-on, and endemic to Crete, arranged by eco-system.


Most of the museum’s first floor is occupied by a section that presents the geological evolution of Crete and the wider region. Of special educational interest are the exhibits on the first human beings on Crete, which include casts of finds, photographs and maps.

The halls on rock formations, minerals and fossils provide information on the geological history of Crete and the broader area. Finally, the museum organizes regular exhibitions, educational programs, and publishes actively.

Natural History Museum of Crete

157, Knossos Avenue
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Telephone: 2810-324.711

Opening Hours:
Daily 09:00 – 15:00

Admission: 4.50 € (1.50 € for children)