The Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest is a place of education, knowledge and inspiration. Following the current theory and practices of Museum Education, it designs and implements educational programs for students of all levels of education, children of all ages and families.
The Museum operates the Lesvos Geopark and collaborates with many cultural, educational, research organizations and Museums. It is a founding member of the European and Global Geoparks Network, pioneered in the establishment of the network of the Museums of Lesvos, collaborates with schools and Environmental Education Centers, as well as with a significant number of research centers and universities in the framework of research activities.
The exhibition Geo-historical evolution of the Aegean, presents the geological phenomena and processes that shaped the Greek area and especially the landscapes of the Aegean islands and are associated with the creation of the Petrified Forest.
The Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest presents the digital exhibition “Invisible Exhibits” with selected and commented exhibits of its collection, unknown to the public, and also unknown moments from their excavation, conservation and promotion.
The Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest is launching a new initiative this summer as part of its campaign to inform locals and visitors about the recognition of Lesvos as an UNESCO Global Geopark.
Το Μουσείο Φυσικής Ιστορίας Απολιθωμένου Δάσους Λέσβου υλοποιεί δράση ενημέρωσης και προβολής της φυσικής κληρονομιάς της Λήμνου, που αφορά την ανάδειξη των γεωλογικών μνημείων, των τοπίων και θέσεων οικολογικού ενδιαφέροντος, με στόχο την αξιοποίησή τους για την ανάπτυξη εναλλακτικών μορφών τουρ
The angiosperms include many plant families. The most common one in the Petrified Forest are the laurels (Lauraceae) and the beech (Fragaceae) which belong to the dicotyledons. Many types of laurels and cinnamon belong to the laurel family, while species of oak, chestnut and beech belong to the beech family.
The collection includes plant fossils from fossil-bearing sites from all over Greece that belong to a wide variety of plants and provide us with a picture of vegetation and climate change through various time periods over the last 30 million years.
The collection includes the fossils that came to light from the systematic research of the Museum in the sea area of Western Lesvos, which began in 2001. They are impressive fossilized tree trunks that belong mainly to conifers, found at a depth of 4-5 m.