Helmi’s Natural History Museum is the only museum of natural history in Zakynthos. It was inaugurated on August 10, 2000 by Panagiotis Helmi and is housed in Agia Marina, Zakynthos, in a beautiful traditional building. Its collections include flora and fauna sections of the Zakynthian nature.
The Museum’s operation is based entirely on private initiative and aims to highlight the nature of Zakynthos both in Greece and internationally. Since its establishment it continuously being developed, reaching a point of being an institution with content and quality that sets the preconditions for big steps today.
With its exhibits, but certainly with the special room for environmental education too, the Museum constitutes an information bank, a powerful learning tool for the teacher and the student, interested in the natural environment (geology, fauna, flora, etc.) of the Ionian Islands.
Additionally, it provides knowledge and awareness opportunities on protection issues of natural and cultural heritage in general, as well as sustainability/viability issues.
This second part of the purpose has young people as its “cutting edge”. However, it extends to the general public regardless of age: The HMNH informs, educates and raises awareness on issues related to the natural and human environment, with the expectation that its action will result in the improvement of the attitude and behavior towards the environment.