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Open-air Facilities

Η είσοδος στον αύλειο χώρο του Μουσείου 

μεγέθυνση φωτογραφίας - Οι υποδομές για τους επισκέπτες στο Πάρκο Απολιθωμένου Δάσους

μεγέθυνση φωτογραφίας - Απολιθωμένοι κορμοί στον περιβάλλοντα χώρο του Μουσείου

μεγέθυνση φωτογραφίας - Στον αύλειο χώρο του Μουσείου μεταφέρονται για προστασία τμήματα απολιθωμένων κορμών που κινδυνέυουν

μεγέθυνση φωτογραφίας - Στον υπαίθριο χώρο του Μουσείο εκτίθενται και έργα τέχνης

On display in the surrounding grounds and in the two halls of the Museum are large fossilized tree trunks from the wider region of the Petrified Forest. They are mainly coniferous trees, ancestral forms of giant sequoias as well as fruit-bearing trees which were transported for exhibition in and around the Museum. They come from rescue excavations carried out by the Museum as well as from the collection of the Cultural Association of Sigri, "Theofani of Sigri", which was donated to the Museum after it began operation.

At the entrance to the Museum grounds, visitors encounter a magnificent fossilized oak trunk. The trunk is very well preserved and the structure of the wood is particularly impressive. From there visitors can choose among various paths which lead throughout the grounds of the Museum. The path to the left leads visitors to the garden of the senses, a Mediterranean botanical garden which highlights the aromatic plants growing among the bushes and trees of the Greek flora. Along the path to the right visitors encounter the modern descendents of plants that were found fossilized in the region of the Petrified Forest. This path leads to the small outdoor amphitheatre – a space which hosts various cultural events. From there a third path connects the Museum with Sigri Park, a neighbouring fenced-in fossil bearing area.

During construction of the Museum, an impressive volcanic structure was uncovered behind the Museum building. This structure consists of an intrusion of lava into the layers of volcanic ash that contain the petrified trunks and it creates a dome in the fossil-bearing layers. This geomorph indicates an initial stage of the creation of a volcano which was not completed, since the intrusion is connected with later volcanic activity in the region. 

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