Museum activity revolves around:
The first category includes the excavations in the area of Samos, which is rich in paleontological findings, the listing of the flora and fauna of the Aegean region and any kind of research on the protection of the environment. For these purposes the Museum is in close collaboration with the Universities of Thessaloniki and Patras.
Up to now, the Foundation has funded paleontological excavations twice and has supported many others. It has also realized the Program Leader II aiming at exploiting and making known the flora and fauna of Samos.
Although the Museum is still very young, its collections are constantly being enriched and it has many paleontological findings, 300 kinds of minerals and rocks, 500 kinds of shells, many kinds of birds, animals and reptiles of Samos and a significant number of herbs of the Greek flora in the form of a Herbarium.
The Museum’s facilities include a library, a lecture hall of 100 people capacity with audiovisual equipment, a refreshment room and a guest room.
Every year, a great number of visitors come to the Museum.
It is open from May until 15th of October. During the rest of the year (November through April) it is open only after special arrangement mainly for groups. Visitors interested in this particular period are encouraged to contact the Museum to arrange an appointment.
The sculpture of the ancient Samian mathematician Aristarchus has a prominent position at gate of the Museum. Aristarchus, with his theory on the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, was the first among the ancient Samian philosophers who studied the natural history and environment.
“Aristarchus made the Sun standing among the stars and the Earth moving around the Sun in an elliptical orbit causing eclipses of the Sun”.