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THE TIGER IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPRESSIVE EXHIBITS IN THE MUSEUM

Museum of Zoology University of Athens

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THE EXHIBITION INCLUDES LARGE MARINE ANIMALS

Museum of Zoology University of Athens

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THE MUSEUM’S DIORAMAS SHOW REPLICAS OF THE ECOSYSTEMS OF GREECE AND OF THE WORLD

Museum of Zoology University of Athens

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In the exhibition, special emphasis is given to the endangered species of Greece

Museum of Zoology University of Athens

MUSEUM GUIDE

Visit

Open hours

9.00 – 15.00
Group visits by prior arrangement

Address

Museum of Zoology
Department of Biology University of Athens
Panepistimioupoli
157 84, Athens

Ticket

General: 2 €
Free: University students

WELCOME TO

Museum of Zoology

The Zoological Museum of the University of Athens has existed for around 160 years. It was the first and largest museum of its kind in Greece. The history of the Museum begins around the same time that Athens became the capital of the new Greek state.

The central part of the Museum’s collections existed before the University of Athens was founded in 1837. The Physiographic Society had been established in Athens in 1835, by Greeks and Bavarians, mainly scholars living in the country, who created many collections of animals, minerals, plants and fossils.

Due to the financial difficulties that it faced after 1837, the Physiographic Society began to donate material from its collections to the University. Then in 1858, the Physiographic Museum of the University of Athens was created, in which the collections of the future Zoological Museum held a principal position.

Exhibits

· Specimens of around 500 small and large mammals from Greece, the rest of Europe, as well as from all the other continents. These are in the form of taxidermy mounts or skeletons. · A rich collection of around 2,500 birds, which includes all the bird species of Greece. · A collection of bird’s eggs and nests. · A large collection of around 1,000 reptiles, amphibians and fish from Greece and the rest of the world. · As for the invertebrates, there are sizeable collections of insects and molluscs (snails, bivalves, cephalopods, etc.) and a significant number of specimens of other invertebrates, such as sponges, corals, crustaceans, etc.
African Elephant
Today only two genera of elephants survive with one species...
The Wonderful World of Beetles
The Museum contains a large collection of Coleoptera (beetles), which...
Felines: The Ultimate Hunters on Land
Today almost all species are endangered
Superb Lyrebird
It is an excellent mimic, combining the songs of other...
INSIDE THE MUSEUM

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