Mineralogy and Petrology Museum of the Athens University
- Written byMaria-Niki Koutsoukou
- Published in Science & Nature
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The Mineralogy and Petrology Museum occupies a total area of about 1100 m2. The collections are exhibited in the first three halls with dimensions of 10 x 8, 13 x 8 and 33 x 20 metres respectively, while the fourth hall is for audio-visual presentations and lectures, and is 17 x 8 m.
The Museum also has areas for its laboratory, offices and storage space, which are not open to the public
The first hall creates a feeling of admiration in the visitor because it is adorned with seven modern crystal cases, lighted internally, in which mineral samples of high aesthetic value are presented, some of which are among the most beautiful of their kind. These cases were lent by the Greek Association of Mineral and Fossil Collectors. Explanatory texts provide information about related subjects.
The second hall is mainly of a teaching nature. In three built-in display cases, samples and explanatory texts are presented to enable the viewer to understand the concepts of minerals, rocks, ores and industrial minerals. In a special case devoted to meteorites, a sample of iron meteorite found in Argentina is displayed.
In the third hall, the visitor encounters the heavy wooden display cases of the 19th century. The walls are covered by high upright cases, while inside the hall there are also low cases in which the systematic collection is found. The decoration of the second hall is fully in harmony with the Museum’s exhibits, most of which can be dated from the 19th century.
- Address: Panepistimioupoli, 1 Oulof Palme, 15784 Zografou, Athens
- Admission: 2€
- How to get there: Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment, University of Athens: i At subway station Evangelismos, take bus 250 to the university (Panepistimio). ii At subway station Katehaki, take bus 251 to the university (Panepistimio).
- Schedule: To visit the Museum, please call +30 210 727 4112, +30 210 727 4180. The Museum is closed in the weekends and on national holidays.
- Phone: (+30) 210 727 4112, (+30) 210 727 4180
- Internet Page: http://museums.geol.uoa.gr/mineralogy