Visit the Natural History Museum of Kefalonia
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People who visit the Greek island of Kefalonia are immediately enchanted by its gorgeous scenery. There are stunning beaches and other interesting natural places to enjoy while here. However, enjoying the scenery is only one side of the equation. There is a lot going on here and the Natural History Museum is a great place to learn about it. Here’s more information about this place:
About the Natural History Museum of Kefalonia
This museum is located about five kilometers north of Argostoli, which is the island’s capital, which is located in the municipality of Davgata. This municipality established the Museum in 1996 with the contributions of many of the collections and exhibits of the Society for the Protection of the Environment of Kefalonia and Ithaca.
The goal of the Museum is to present and preserve the environmental history and the ecological importance of those two islands. Most of the exhibits date from the period when the islands emerged from the sea and are from Mount Ainos, one of Greece’s 10 protected natural reserves. The museum includes a laboratory and an environmental education center.
What You Can Find in the Museum
Featured are the animals and plants of the two islands along with the unique wild horses of Enos, the natural park of the mountain, unique aquatic organisms, 350 types of shellfish and other fish, 30 kinds of animals, 40 species of birds, amphibians, reptiles, and about 3,000 Greek herbs. You will find a room dedicated to human traces during the Prehistoric and the Ancient Times, another room with the fauna and flora, and another room with natural reserves of Mount Ainos including a shell collection.
Another building, located next to the museum, houses the Centre of Environmental Education with a room featuring dinosaurs and a large collection of shells from throughout the world. The Centre has presented a multitude of educational programs, seminars, and performances.
Spend Additional Time in Kefalonia
Kefalonia is the Ionian Sea’s biggest island. It has exotic beaches, turquoise blue waters, underwater caves, white-sand coves, rugged landscapes, charming hillside towns and fishing villages,, and rich vegetation. The exotic beach of Myrtos is among the world’s most beautiful beaches.
You can visit the magical underground waters of the dazzling subterranean pool at Melissani Lake, explore the breathtaking stalactites and stalagmites in the cave of Drogarati with its famous acoustics where there have been orchestra concerts and opera singers like Maria Callas have sung, see relics of the island’s patron saint at the Monastery of Agios Gerasimos and see the sacred silver urn and the church’s richly decorated golden interior.
The winemaking heritage is apparent when you drive through vineyards as well as olive groves and thick cypress glades. You can stop and taste the Kefallonian wine at the old family Divino winery that has been restored as a museum and a high-technology winery that produces quality wines.
Additionally, you can take a stroll through the lovely village of Assos, visit Fiscardo that is a model of an old port untouched since 1953’s great earthquake, and perhaps have lunch at a traditional taverna along the waterfront in the little fishing village of Ag Efimia.
While in Kefalonia, it can be fun to spend time in the Natural History Museum and also enjoy some of the other sites while you’re there!
This post was written by Greek Boston