History of the Museum

Idea of establishing a museum of natural science in Preveza appeared in 1992. In those times, the former Mayor of Preveza, Mr. Nikos Jannulis, provided the organization called Natura Opava (Czech Republic) with a former school building in Neochori in order to create natural science exhibition. Findings and pieces of information taken from the continuous science research were being concentrated right there; it means the research which has been conducted in Preveza Peninsula since 1988. The first nature science exhibition was opened there in 1995. The second exhibition was opened twenty years later, after reconstruction of the building. The first exhibition was established by a group of experts led by Mr. Milan Kubačka.


Geology and Palaeontology

Geological units of the Preveza Peninsula are included in the Ionian zone of the external Hellenides. The peninsula is formed by sedimentary rocks only. These are limestones and dolomites of the Triassic and Jurassic age; as well as limestones and shales of the Mesozoic and Tertiary ages. Shales of the youngest formation of the Tertiary (Neogene) age partially contain coal seams. The thickness of seams ranges from several centimetres up to 1.5 metres. Shale with coal seams is very well exposed in the seaside between Ag. Triada and Agii Apostoli (fig. 6). From here, it continues along the seaside of the Ambracian Gulf further to the south-east. Limestones are exposed on the surface on the south-eastern and southern edge of the Preveza Peninsula on short and low ridges. The limestones are strongly karstified with the surface covered with karren (fig. 2), which also create continuous karren fields.


The results of nature science research

Together with leading natural history institutions in the Czech Republic, Natura Opava has been continuously carrying out scientific research on the Preveza peninsula since 1992. Results show that the entire peninsula area is valuable in terms of its natural environment. Within this research period, two new species of beetles have been discovered here (Lacon kapleri and Cerocoma prevezaensis) as well as many other species which have been unknown up to now in both Greece and the Balkans. Almost all known vertebrates in Greece live in this relatively small area. There are rich plant communities growing in the marquis, on the sea coast or in parts of the native forests. The Ambracian Gulf, with its swamps and marshes, is one of the most important wetlands in Europe.


Educational trail

Educational use of the trail called "Ten Stops in the Region of Preveza". The instructive trail makes the natural and aesthetically valuable parts of the Preveza´s countryside around the Amvrakian Bay accessible. The trail leads through typical ecosystems. According to the project, there will be some boards installed here in the future, it means the boards through which visitors will be informed of the natural and landscape attractions. Due to the type of the region (impenetrable stages of macchia and private parks), a visitor may access the individual stops mostly through asphalted roads. However, there are some places the visitors can access on foot only.


Museum Neochori

+306 973 742 439
Termopilon 19, Neochori
481 00 Preveza
The museum was established in cooperation of these organizations.