Role in ILLUMINATE Project : End User interior



CretAquarium  is part of the Hellenic Center for Marine Research and is situated on the grounds of the former American Base at Gournes, 14km from the city of Heraklion in Crete.

CretAquarium first opened its doors to the public in December 2005 and since then it offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the magnificent Mediterranean sea world.

The Mediterranean seascape comes to life in 60 different tanks varying in size from 125 to 600,000 liters’ of sea water, totaling 1.7 million liters. There are one hundred observation points for visitors to admire approximately 2,500 Mediterranean and tropical organisms. A full tour taking in all exhibits and species lasts about 2 hours.

In CretAquarium there is a specially designed 130-seat function room which can be used to hold conferences, meetings, exhibitions, lectures and social functions. CretAquarium has approximately 250,000 visitors per year.

CretAquarium is a member of various International Organisations:

European Union of Aquarium Curators (EUAC)

American Elasmobranch Society's Captive Elasmobranch Census

International Council of Museums (ICON)

International Aquarium Federation (IAF)

The CretAquarium is part of the Hellenic Center of Marine Research that belongs to the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs.

Through this structure and through its various educational and outreach activities, the CretAquarium has a strong circle of “peers” in the educational system (schools of all levels) and the Greek multimedia (journalists, newspapers, TV etc) that support the dissemination of information.

Number of visitors per year : 600.000