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Ligourio Natural History Mouseum

The "Kotsiomiti Museum of Natural History" is located in the village Ligourio of Argolida in a distance of 5 km from the ancient theatre of Epidaurus.

It was founded by Vasileios N. Kotsiomitis & Anastasia Sarri-Kotsiomiti in 1993.

By its establishment and operation, the Museum intended to add its own page in our country’s cultural activities. It is a nonprofit institution, (Decision Number 1401 Ministry of Culture /GNOS/ 53605/22.10/2001 Common Ministerial Act). It is administered by a seven-member Board of Directors recruited by scientific experts in the fields of Geology, Paleontology, Mineralogy, and Physics.

It inaugurated its operation in June 1995 under the name "Natural History Museum of Asclepius Epidaurus". In 2006 it was renamed in "MUSEUM KOTSIOMITI of NATURAL HISTORY " and the same year it was reseated in a new building, provided by the Municipality of Asclepius, whereas to facilitate the exhibition of more exhibits and additional collections.

Since its foundation, the Museum cooperates with expert scientists from the University of Athens, the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, the Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration as well as other scientific bodies, and thus the identification, the classification and the dating of its exhibits bear scientific validity.

It provides a full guided tour to its visitors. The latter can admire the approximately 6.000 exhibits, mainly minerals and fossils, shells, insects etc, out of the 22.000 that the Museum possesses.

It is recognized as the biggest thematic Museum in minerals and fossils throughout Greece, and offers special exhibits that capture the interest of its daily visitors and of the global scientific community. Its collections are considered unique in Greece and among the richest in Europe. Some of the exhibits are unique world widely. The ammonites’ collection of Epidaurus which distinguishes the Museum is considered as the most completed in the world.

The purpose of its founders is its further advancement, enrichment and constant operation as an active institution of research, education and culture.


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