Natural History Museum of Crete (NHMC)
The Natural History Museum of Crete (NHMC - www.nhmc.uoc.gr) was created as a Department of the University of Crete in 1981. At present it is a pioneering Institute at a European level, in the following sectors:
- Basic and applied research on aspects of recording and protecting the natural environment, bio- and geodiversity and rare or endemic species. At the same time, it has expanded its research throughout the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, with special emphasis on Crete and Greece.
- Management and preservation of the natural environment, the geological heritage and ecosystems, especially those threatened by human activities.
- Scientific contribution and support of various public bodies, such as the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Climate Change, the Ministry of Rural Development and Food, and the Decentralized Administration of Crete. Scientists of the Museum participate in the Scientific Team of UNESCO on European and Global Geoparks, while it is also a scientific advisor to Mt. Psiloritis Geopark.
- Compiling and enriching complete geological, botanical and zoological collections. To this day more than 2,000,000 kinds of plants, animals, rock formations, minerals and fossils are included in its collections.
- Education, strengthening Environmental Awareness and Lifelong Learning. On a daily basis, various programmes and educational activities catering for schools, teenagers, families and adults (such as seminars for teachers, workshops, speeches, etc.) are planned and materialized at the premises of its Exhibition facilities. In 2010 alone, 12,848 students and adults visited the museum and attended programmes and workshops. Furthermore, printed and electronic information on environmental education topics has been created, serving primary and secondary education purposes.
Apart from its academic and research activities, the NHMC, through its new exhibition venue, contributes towards enhancing public awareness on various environmental aspects, further training for schools, teachers and other population groups, towards developing educational activities and products, as well as raising awareness among the public and visitors to Crete. Furthermore, the Centre has established partnerships with many national and international institutions concerned with environmental and Lifelong Learning matters, as well as with civic protection bodies.
Lastly, through the Special Account of the University of Crete, it has implemented a large number of European, National and other research and applied programmes, such as FP7, LEADER, LIFE, INTERREG and many others.
Natural History Museum of Crete
University of Crete,
Knossos Avenue, Heraklion 71409,