Natural History Museum of Crete has been functioning and operates under the framework of the University of Crete since 1980, being a pioneer institute at national and European level in the following activities:
Study and Management of the Natural Environment of Crete
Public awareness, education and sensitization of local people as well as the visitors of the area
Linking University activities with Cretan society
Setting up a network of Ecological Museums in Greece and throughout the Eastern Mediterranean
Eastern Mediterranean is unique at a global level due to its great ecological and cultural complexity. The evenness as well as the contrast, the stability, many affinities and special features characterize the area.
The aim of the Natural History Museum of Crete is to study, protect and promote the special features of the area of Eastern Mediterranean.
The foundation and the development of NHMC were favoured by the following conditions:
The exhibition halls of Natural Museum of Crete are located at Sofokli Venizelou Avenue, at the main coastal avenue of Heraklion.
The potential of the University of Crete and its ability to promote modern technologies in the field of environment
The geographical position of Crete, lying in the centre of Eastern Mediterranean and at the southernmost part of the European Union
The warm acceptance and support of the local society