Athens Mineralogical Museum

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Location: Lavrion
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The Mineralogical Museum of Lavrion in Athens was founded by the Scientific Society of Lavrion in September 1986. It is dedicated to the memory of Andreas Kordellas (1836-1909), who contributed a lot to the development of modern Lavrion City. It is housed at a small, old building which is part of a metal-washing complex and constitutes a great exponent of the industrial architecture of the 19th century.

The objective of the Mineralogical Museum is to enhance one of the most important aspects of the region's natural wealth. In fact, Lavrion is one of the most favored sites throughout the world when it comes to mineral variety and, in ancient times, there was the most important mine in all of Greece.

The museum's collection consists of unique minerals from the Lavrio area, all in crystalline forms. In fact, about 610 types of minerals have been identified in Lavrion, which corresponds to about 15% of the world's recognized minerals!

In the museum, visitors have the opportunity to admire 740 mineral samples belonging to 220 different minerals; among them, they will see aragonite, azurite, smithsonite, anabergite, ktenasite, spangolite, glaucocerinite, kapellasite, and takovite.
The overall collection, though, exceeds 3,200 samples, thanks to its constant enrichment.

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How to get there

There are many ways to reach the Mineralogical Museum of Lavrion from any location in Athens.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport, or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: (0030) 18288, (0030) 18222, (0030) 18180. You can also book your taxi online.

Car rental: There is the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover the Mineralogical Museum of Lavrion and many other places of interest in Athens at their own pace.

By KTEL bus: KTEL buses heading to Lavrion depart from the Nomismatokopio Metro Station. See the official timetables here.



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