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Natural History Museum of Meteora & Mushroom Museum

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Pindou 20, Kalambaka 422 00, Greece
+30 2432 024959
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A must for anyone visiting Greece!

We discovered this gem purely by chance and were immensely impressed with it. Its quality is next... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dafnomili
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Awesome!

The exhibits of the natural history museum have great quality and most of them are very rare to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Giorgos M
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Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum is located in the city of Kalambaka, very close to Meteora. Essentially, there are two museums housed in a building of 1100 m2 that host two permanent collections: The first one is about animals and contains approximately 350 species of mammals and birds, while the second one is about mushrooms and contains approximately 250 species of mushrooms. The collection of animals consists of high quality embalmed birds and mammals, made by Europe's best taxidermists, while some of them are very rare. The mushroom collection consists of handmade mushroom sculptures maintaining the similarity of colors, shapes and size. They are presented in three stages of development, so that the visitor forms a complete picture of mushroom's life circle. The sculptures were created one by one by high skilled sculptors of the wider local region. However, it is not just the quality of the exhibits that makes our Museum great, but also the way of presentation, which is very unique for greek standards and it can be compared with other similar european museums. Animals and mushrooms are presented into dioramas which depict exactly the natural terrain where they live and grow into(i.e. woods, wetlands etc.). The result of the dioramas is magnificent and ravishing to both young and older visitors, a fact that is reflected daily in the guestbook of the Museum, as well as on our Facebook page. Phrases such as "wonderful representation", "theatrical scenery", "huge work of art", "pioneering effort", "unique effort" etc., are just few of the comments of our visitors. This is one of the reasons that during these few months of our operation, our Museum has often been the main theme for reportages by the majority of Greek media and social media, a fact which presumably indicates the value and the quality of the project. Also, as part of the effort to expand the Museum's activity, there is our Artspace with a permanent exhibition of paintings and sculptures of local artists. The artists explore projects similar to Museum's theme, connecting the natural and cultural heritage through their own artistic experience and way of expression. Finally, it is essential to be mentioned that the University of Athens, which is our official scientific advisor, supports the function of the museum as well as the provided information. It is obvious that our museum can satisfy the most demanding visitor with both its aesthetic and its provided information. Furthermore, your visit does not stop here! It continues to the Museum's cafe where you can enjoy your coffee enjoying the view of the rocks of Meteora and it ends at the Museum's souvenir shop where you have the opportunity to buy unique souvenirs, as well as a big variety of wild edible mushrooms of excellent quality, placed in a unique product packaging. These products of greek nature, having the logo and guarantee of the Museum, can be an ideal and a very tasty gift. Most of the mushrooms are collected from surrounding areas, which are famous not only for their mushroom quantity, but also for the quality. This is why, the Museum has compiled a list of activities related to mushrooms, which essentially constitutes a new touristic product and enriches uniquely the planned visit in the area of Meteora. These activities include seminars providing basic information about mushrooms, visits upon the mountain for mushroom picking, mushroom cooking, lunch or dinner with mushrooms accompanied by greek modern and traditional music and other activities that are listed more detailed in the relevant list which is at your disposal. In conclusion, one can understand that this is not an ordinary museum where everything is static. It is a museum with a special dynamic, trying to variously satisfy the requirements of its visitors. This is why visiting our Museum can be a unique experience.
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Pindou 20, Kalambaka 422 00, Greece
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We discovered this gem purely by chance and were immensely impressed with it. Its quality is next to very few similar museums in Europe. A must for everyone visiting Greece! As an added bonus, we had the privilege of meeting one of the founders and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The exhibits of the natural history museum have great quality and most of them are very rare to see. Vitrums are greatly detailed and the mushrooms museum is the only one in Europe! We where lucky to attend a truffle mushroom dog hunt in a...More

Thank Giorgos M
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

The museum is new and has quite a lot of species. Most valuable however was the guide(s) who made it a very interesting visit. The (not too young) kids loved it too.

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Reviewed February 24, 2018 via mobile

Such an amazing museum , had such an amazing time and learned so much about the animals and the mushrooms.... a really big congratulations to you all for your knowledge and the time you took to explain everything to us ... its so interesting and...More

Thank Maria S
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Reviewed January 20, 2018 via mobile

Infact it is a bit overpriced and not much to see. But staffs are great especially vasilas (I am not sure how to write exactly), that's change the things about museum.

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Reviewed January 8, 2018 via mobile

The exhibits are very well organized and thematically places, based on animals’ dwelling place and on when they hunt for their prey (nocturnal etc.) very clean and beautiful in general. The mushroom floor (2nd) was also pretty interesting, with a whole lot of species ....More

Thank Andrew A
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Reviewed December 27, 2017

On behalf of Arvaniti English Language School, we would like to thank you for a most amazing and interesting tour , impressive exhibits and friendly staff and tour guide. A must for tourists to visit, experience something different and shop at the quaint gift shop...More

Thank tashayian
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Reviewed December 21, 2017 via mobile

My daughter loves mushrooms, and insisted on visiting this museum. She was so excited she was willing to walk there in the snow. It did not disappoint. The first floor is a small natural history museum. The second floor is the mushroom museum. The displays...More

Thank Nikoah T
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Reviewed December 11, 2017

The museum has two floors, the lower one dedicated to animals and birds, the upper to mushrooms. It's the only mushroom museum I have ever come across and highly educational on the subject. Some may find the stuffed animals and birds downstairs distasteful, but if...More

Thank David P
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Reviewed November 22, 2017 via mobile

Small and we'll presented. A bit pricey when comparing to other major archaeological sites but I guess they have to recoup the costs of purchasing the extinct species on display. We really liked the museum dedicated to mushrooms and the shop there. The mushroom guy...More

Thank sundemon
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