Natural History Museum of Meteora & Mushroom Museum

Natural History Museum of Meteora & Mushroom Museum, Kalambaka: Hours, Address, Natural History Museum of Meteora & Mushroom Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Natural History Museum of Meteora & Mushroom Museum

Natural History Museum of Meteora & Mushroom Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Natural History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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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Mike X
Chicago, IL1,798 contributions
It's was ok
May 2021 • Couples
I was really hoping for some more information on how mushrooms grow or some scientific background. I think if you have kids, the natural history part of this exhibit would entertain them but if you don't have kids and are not super into mushrooms or stuffed animals already, I think you're better off taking the time to see another monastery. Nothing against the staff or anything, just not my cup of tea for 5 euros a person.
Written May 25, 2021
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T L
Wiesbaden, Germany252 contributions
Nice and informative
Oct. 2020 • Couples
We came here on a rainy afternoon. It is not big but the displays (esp. the birds) are of high quality. It offers Greek/English explanations. The mushroom part was smaller than we expected but the shop has surprisingly wide range of mushroom products. We feel the entrance of €5 for adult is on the high side but happy to support a museum.
Written October 29, 2020
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GeorgeS1979A
3 contributions
Beautiful museum
Sep. 2020
A terrific little museum, packs a lot in a small package! The mushroom floor is especially fascinating, and the products on offer are delicious.
Written September 17, 2020
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elenita
Thessaloniki, Greece21 contributions
Interesting and well organized museum!
Sep. 2020 • Couples
Although it's only 2 floors big, there are so many one can learn! You can see hundreds of real stuffed animals from all over the world, especially birds! In the upper floor there is a very detailed display of different mushrooms, edible and toxic ones. The wall paintings are like a fairytale! Definitely recommend it for families with children! You can buy very nice products at the shop such as dried mushrooms, pasta or chocolate with mushrooms and sweets with mushrooms! Worth the visit! Very organized and informative!
Written September 6, 2020
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RIA P
Athens, Greece68 contributions
Very nice experience, worth to visit
Feb. 2020
Great work,can be compared to relevant European museums.
Very helpful stuff, definitely worth the visit.
Hope it improves and further expands the collection
Written February 19, 2020
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DRJRT
17 contributions
Well designed but small
Nov. 2019 • Couples
Not sure to give it a 3 or 4 stars. For what it is, they’ve done a nice job. However it’s small (two floors) and if you aren’t interested in stuffed birds, stuffed small animals, and mushrooms I wouldn’t go. If you have an interest in mushrooms, I suspect this would be a great place to visit. Good for about 1 to 1-1/2hrs - nice distraction on a rainy day.
Written November 8, 2019
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Wolf & Kick
Amsterdam, The Netherlands3 contributions
Beautiful collection of birds & mammals, nice exposition of mushrooms
Nov. 2019
We had a visit with our children (9 & 11) to the museum. There was a large collection of birds and mammals we have been looking at. And upstairs an exposition about mushrooms. There was no guided tour and we were missing an interactive part. We would have loved something more to do, learn and explore with the children. Maybe we should have asked for it. But it's worth to visit when you want your children to learn about animals and the beautiful world we are living in.
Written November 6, 2019
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jerdi d
22 contributions
Surely a worthwhile trip
Nov. 2019 • Friends
Great organizational, insightful explanations from the People working here. I had a very nice time, would recommend this highly
Written November 3, 2019
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Jenni W
9 contributions
Fabulous place to visit!
Sep. 2019 • Friends
Well worth spending a morning here. Wonderful displays of wildlife and the mushrooms are incredible.
Written October 20, 2019
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Enmanuelle A
4 contributions
Beautiful and thoughtful museum
Oct. 2019 • Couples
We ran into this museum online and decided to give it a chance since we were interested in learning about mushrooms. The exhibit was very artistic and at times whimsical. It is divided by two floors, the bottom is a taxidermy display showing dozens species of birds and mammals. The 2nd floor is where the magical mushroom fun begins, with beautiful displays and a gorgeous fall themed forest room. You learn alot in this exhibit, especially to not try to eat mushrooms in the wild (some deadly ones look like other edible ones). Lastly, we purchased some mushroom goods at the shop in the end. Things like chocolate with black truffle, pasta with mushrooms, and a nice girl had its try a free samples. Recommend for people of all ages.
Written October 20, 2019
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