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The Museum accepts endowments, donations of exhibits and collections that may be displayed in its exhibition spaces. The donation will be safeguarded and the granter’s name will accompany his offer at all times.

The Museum

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.

 

  

The Museum’s visitors (especially the school groups) have the opportunity to admire, learn and enhance their knowledge on the exhibits and the history of all species. With the aid of educational material, maps, tables, diagrams and informative texts, the Museum depicts respectively the correspondent species, eras and times. Geological and paleontological maps and tables, as combined with texts and graphics, sketch out, inform and describe issues such as the creation of the Ground, the appearance and the evolution of life in our planet, as occurred billion years ago up to nowadays, while a complete series of posters portrays species of life of our times and previous times as well.

Fossilized organisms dated 530.000.000 years to 3.000.000 years ago, derived from Greece and the world, such as: Parts of petrified trunks of trees, Hippourites, corals, trilobites, fish, sea urchins oysters, ammonites, and especially full collections of ammonites of the region of Asklipios), an area internationally recognized as "a unique palaeontological monument of ammonites fauna" and several other species. In this magnificent world of minerals that they were created in the underground laboratories of nature throughout the centuries, we have the opportunity to admire, to envision and to create.

Minerals of cuprum, sulphur, iron and compositions of numerous other elements, grant through their gleam and colors, the luster, the uniqueness and the splendor, the joy of collection, the research, the study and the knowledge.

Their use and processing are as ancient as the human culture. They were used as jewels, amulets, seals, means of transaction and occultism, figurines, but also as much coveted pieces in known or unknown historical collections. They faithfully accompanied the eventful evolvement of the human race and formed a formidable background in its artistic expression.

Here we find minerals derived from the Hellenic and the international natural environment such as: azurites, malachites, vanadinites, quartzs, e.t.c and minerals mainly from the region of Lavrio, a region internationally known as a geological phenomenon.

The insects made their appearance in the animal kingdom in an ancient era and they remain intact until today. They are distinguished by their complicated figures and some of them remind us of shielded machines. Tiny, with either likeable or scary appearances, they organize their societies, in parallel with the human societies.

Collections of shells and corals, that belong to known or unknown species and are pulled out from the underwater kingdom of sea, some of them mysterious, other peculiar and many of them nowadays familiar to humans.

Collections of stone tools, various rungs and uses. Tools that were manufactured and used by Early Man and tools of tracking and collection of the mineral wealth.