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Goulandris Natural History Museum

The natural history museum of the city (Goulandris) in a 19th century building in Kifissia, northern Athens.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1964 Founded by Angelos and Niki Goulandri.

    1997 Expanded in the fields of zoology, palaeontology and geology.

    2001 The centre for environmental research and education "GAIA", aimed at training and research, was inaugurated.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

The museum consists of two main permanent exhibitions, the natural history collections and the environmental exhibition of GAIA Centre. It is housed in a preserved 19th-century building with modern additions. The galleries are divided into three areas: a) botanical exhibits, b) zoological exhibits, c) geological and palaeontological exhibits. Among the zoological exhibits, the collections of zoology, entomology, herpetology, marine biology and ornithology are included. The GAIA Centre stretches over six floors and covers a total area of ​​12,000 sqm, of which four floors are underground. It also has laboratories, a library, conference facilities, showrooms, interactive exhibits and the “Geosphere”.

What I can't see

Originally started as a botanical museum and later became a museum of natural history. The purpose of the museum is to promote science, knowledge and respect for nature. For this reason, it hosts several educational programs and guided tours for students. The museum’s activity extends to other parts of Attica (e.g. the Mediterranean garden “Sparoza” in Paiania) and Greece (e.g. Thessaloniki, Rethymno).



Vogiatzaki F., (2012), Μουσείο Φυσικής Ιστορίας Γουλανδρή, [Goulandris Natural History Museum], Odysseus, Ministry of Culture,

Last visit: 9/8/2015


Goulandris Natural History Museum, (d.u.), Το Μουσείο, [The Museum]

Lastvisit: 9/8/2015


Unsigned, (2014), Navigating the routes of Art and Culture, Part 2, Athens, Ministry of Culture and Sports