Museum of Zoology
In the facilities of the Department of Zoology, on the 6th floor of the building where the School of Biology is located, there is a space where collections of stuffed animals from various tropical and temperate areas of the world are housed.
A collection of stuffed animals, bought at the beginning of the 1930s by the Head of the Laboratory of Zoology, Professor G. Athanasopoulos, was the inspiration for creating the collections mentioned above. The original collection belonged to Poduskin, a Russian immigrant who was an expert taxidermist. Poduskin was also in charge of stuffing animals from various Greek areas, appointed by the Laboratory of Zoology. The collections of the Museum were enriched with other specimens, which were either collected and preserved by Poduskin for his personal laboratory or bought by the Laboratory of Zoology.
Today, 407 specimens are housed in the Museum. Forty-two of these specimens belong to different kinds of mammals, and the remaining 365 to various kinds of birds.
Apart from the collections of stuffed animals, the Laboratory of Zoology contains a priceless collection of fresh zoological material, collected within the framework of research activities carried out by its members. Although these collections date back to the period when Professor G. Athanasopoulos was in charge of the laboratory, most of the exhibits were collected over the last 40 years. The collections consist of samples of invertebrate (sponges, corals, anellida, crustacea, etc.) and vertebrate organisms (mainly fish). A significant part of this material has been identified and classified. Among the specimens already identified, many belong to rare species, whereas others to newly discovered species.
With regard to the stuffed animals, a large part of the collection is displayed in the corridor of the Laboratory of Zoology. It is open to everyone, and so far many primary and secondary school students have visited it. The other part of the collection is housed in special cases, in a room that is not open to the public at present.
As far as the collections of fresh zoological material are concerned, they are available for research purposes and activities carried out by researchers from Greece and abroad. Unfortunately, due to lack of financial resources, the necessary infrastructure is not provided and, thus, these collections are not open to the public.