Founded by Angelos and Niki Goulandris in 1964, the Goulandris Natural History Museum (GNHM) is a private, non-profit institution, the first museum of its kind, and the first to initiate environmental education in Greece.
It is housed in an elegant neoclassical building of the 19th c., converted and expanded in order to satisfy the Museum’s educational and scientific requirements.
In 1991 the Museum founded the Greek Biotope/Wetland Center (EKBY) with the support of the European Commission (DGXI) and the Greek Ministry of the Environment.
EKBY’s overall objective is to help avert and reverse the loss and degradation of wetlands and terrestrial natural ecosystems, primarily in and also in the rest of the Mediterranean region.
Looking forward to the 21st c., and in view of the continuing environmental degradation, the Museum has undertaken to create the GAIA Center for Environmental Research and Education, with the support of the European Union’s Cohesion Fund.
It has been conceived as the Museum of the future, a pioneering center of scientific research and education, which will contribute to the establishment of a new environmental policy in Greece, in Europe and internationally