Natural History Museum of Meteora & Mushroom Museum

Natural History Museum of Meteora & Mushroom Museum

Natural History Museum of Meteora & Mushroom Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 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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  • Catherine L
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom209 contributions
    Interesting little museum with a nice shop
    As lovers of truffles (and who isn’t?) we’d put this on our itinerary mainly to visit the shop. However all aspects, from the natural history displays to the wealth of information (and a few fun facts) about mushrooms made it more interesting than we’d expected. Friendly and helpful staff too. We were gutted to find we’d missed a truffle hunt by a day, but consoled ourselves with some chocolate.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 May 2023
  • Kathyinfla
    New Smyrna Beach, Florida23 contributions
    Truffle hunting a must!
    The truffle hunting was definitely one of our favorite stops on our 2 weeks in Greece! Fun and informative with their cute dog as their mascot doing the hard work of finding the truffles. The meal they made us for a picnic lunch was FABULOUS.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 May 2023
  • Kathy
    1 contribution
    It is worth paying a visit to Museum
    I took the tour and visiting the museum was one of the items on our itinerary. The time spent cooking the truffle pasta was incredible and I really enjoyed it. All the staff there were very helpful. We had a great time there and would recommend visiting this museum if you want to visit Meteora.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 September 2023
  • Matthew M
    Virginia Beach, Virginia121 contributions
    Interesting find
    We did the two day train trip from Athens and stopped in this museum during the second day before the trip back. The museum takes about an hour to make it through two floors. First floor is various taxidermy birds and small animals and and exhibits were done very well. The second floor is devoted to mushrooms and provides good information on various types. The gift shop is also located on the second floor where they have lots of mushroom related merchandise. Staff was really friendly and eager to help. For 6€ pp it was worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • C S
    2 contributions
    Wonderful experience!
    Our family stopped at the museum when in the area to view the monasteries and it ended up being one of our main highlights! The staff is kind and highly knowledgeable, the exhibit is engaging and well curated, and the mushroom goodies in the gift shop made for some perfect souvenirs to take home to our friends. Our kids (ages 5&6) explored for a couple hours and still didn’t want to leave. Highly recommend!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 September 2023
  • G W
    Toronto, Canada596 contributions
    Great little museum
    A great museum especially about the mushrooms. Can't say I ever thought about mushrooms before but will going forward. A great collection and very informative. They even give you a taste of some. Nice stop after visiting the monasteries. 6 euro entry fee
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 October 2023
  • Ralitsa D
    1 contribution
    Don't miss!
    A charming museum! The "jewellery" stuffed animals exhibited against the art background of their natural environment fascinated us. The mushroom museum on the second floor was extremely interesting with the information about so many different types of mushrooms and of course the way they were presented! Don't miss the shop with the friendly staff too and buy Julius Caesar's favorite dried mushrooms ;)!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 October 2023
  • Marialena A
    2 contributions
    It's a must!
    Very interesting exhibits and a very spot-on and illuminating tour. The museum's guide was very good and helpful. Would definitely recommend it. At the end of the tour, you can visit the shop and choose from a wide variety of products from mushrooms to drink or eat to merch.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 November 2023
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Marialena A
2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Very interesting exhibits and a very spot-on and illuminating tour. The museum's guide was very good and helpful.
Would definitely recommend it. At the end of the tour, you can visit the shop and choose from a wide variety of products from mushrooms to drink or eat to merch.
Written 17 November 2023
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Ralitsa D
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Family
A charming museum!

The "jewellery" stuffed animals exhibited against the art background of their natural environment fascinated us.

The mushroom museum on the second floor was extremely interesting with the information about so many different types of mushrooms and of course the way they were presented!

Don't miss the shop with the friendly staff too and buy Julius Caesar's favorite dried mushrooms ;)!
Written 31 October 2023
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G W
Toronto, Canada596 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
A great museum especially about the mushrooms. Can't say I ever thought about mushrooms before but will going forward. A great collection and very informative. They even give you a taste of some. Nice stop after visiting the monasteries. 6 euro entry fee
Written 9 October 2023
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C S
2 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Our family stopped at the museum when in the area to view the monasteries and it ended up being one of our main highlights! The staff is kind and highly knowledgeable, the exhibit is engaging and well curated, and the mushroom goodies in the gift shop made for some perfect souvenirs to take home to our friends. Our kids (ages 5&6) explored for a couple hours and still didn’t want to leave. Highly recommend!
Written 21 September 2023
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Matthew M
Virginia Beach, VA121 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
We did the two day train trip from Athens and stopped in this museum during the second day before the trip back. The museum takes about an hour to make it through two floors. First floor is various taxidermy birds and small animals and and exhibits were done very well. The second floor is devoted to mushrooms and provides good information on various types. The gift shop is also located on the second floor where they have lots of mushroom related merchandise. Staff was really friendly and eager to help. For 6€ pp it was worth a visit.
Written 20 September 2023
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ungerad
London, UK49 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
The mushroom museum is very charming. It is creative, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The range of mushroom flavoured chocolate bars make the visit worthwhile by themselves - dark chocolate with truffles anyone 🤓
Written 6 September 2023
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Kathy
1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Friends
I took the tour and visiting the museum was one of the items on our itinerary. The time spent cooking the truffle pasta was incredible and I really enjoyed it. All the staff there were very helpful. We had a great time there and would recommend visiting this museum if you want to visit Meteora.
Written 4 September 2023
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Gvozden
Dubai, United Arab Emirates14 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
One of the best experience we had on vacation in Kalabaka. Strongly recommended for anyone visiting. We will be back for Truffles hunting.
Written 31 July 2023
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Maria M
Moscow, Russia3 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
Totally recommend going to Truffle hunting with the museum team! A light walk in the woods, watching the dog find truffles, as well as a very knowledgeable guide - this was a great experience, thanks!
Written 31 July 2023
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thomasdefise93
Arlon, Belgium94 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
Very nice museum about nature.
It focuses on animals and mushrooms.
The grounds floor is dedicated to animals such as birds, foxes, …
The 1st floor is dedicated to mushrooms

It is very indicative and very kids friendly.
The entry is only 5 euros and we spent around 45 minutes on the ground floor and then 30 minutes on the 1st floor
There are some nice educational illustrations on the ground floor about biotope and for the 1st floor there are two nice projections about both 12 mushrooms that are good to eat and mushrooms used to heal.
Last but not least, the people at the people are very nice and seems to know their subject pretty well
Written 11 May 2023
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