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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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Quite unusual....

This is a quite an unusual and unexpected place. The displays of the birds and animals are very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
harlemfamily
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NYC, NY
Interesting and informative. Well worth visit.

The displays are beautifully presented with painted backdrops and moulded features effectively... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
LucyDoug
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Newcastle, Australia
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Pindou 20, Kalambaka 422 00, Greece
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+30 2432 024959
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a quite an unusual and unexpected place. The displays of the birds and animals are very well done. And the mushrooms are fun and different!!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The displays are beautifully presented with painted backdrops and moulded features effectively creating a realistic environment to display the animals and mushrooms. The displays are informative and in English and Greek. I saw lots of animals I've never seen before and was surprised by how...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Initially visited this museum when staying in Kalabaka to visit the monasteries. It was a fun way to spend an hour and we learnt a lot about different types of mushrooms which was fascinating. We also booked onto a truffle hunting experience that the museum...More

Thank Suz P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Downstairs houses a nature museum stuffed full of amazing creatures, upstairs showcases a huge amount of mushrooms and fun(gi) facts. Artwork is stunning and the free mushroom tasting was eye opening. We take our caps off to the friendly staff!

Thank Robert C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Staff so friendly - group of 8 of us and they gave us delicious mushroom pasta and lots of help with local knowledge. Interesting museum with such a range of birds and mushrooms

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An amazing small museum, very informative, even in English! And having a mushroom museum so delicate and accurate in shape, size and colours. And possible buying a lot of different sort of mushroom products!

Thank Jacob R
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Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

What a surprise !Went with some reservation but came out having had a great time .I’m not that interested in nature but found the exhibitions fascinating especially the videos of the birds of prey in action . Short visit upstairs to the ‘mushrooms ‘ just...More

Thank Sospan48
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Reviewed 28 April 2018

I will visit almost any museum a town has to offer if there is nothing else to do in the afternoon. This one was OK but not an absolute necessity. The young man selling tickets was very nice, and helpful.

Thank Andrea S
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

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

Thank Dafnomili
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Reviewed 9 April 2018 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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