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Written by Tim Ross
What an incredible place. Rhodes offers almost any kind of holiday you could want. If you want peace and quiet, youíll find it on Rhodes. If you want activities and night-life, Rhodes has got it. If you want to explore history and culture, that is there too. The island is clean, the locals are very warm and friendly to tourists. English is spoken everywhere and most signs are in English too.
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The building of the Hydro biological Station of Rhodes was built during the period 1934-36. From 1937 until 1945, under Italian rule, it was recognised as the 'Reale Istituto di Ricerce Biologiche di Rodi'. After the unification of the Dodecanese Islands with Greece, it was renamed 'Hellenic Hydro biological Institute' and continued operating under the supervision of the Academy of Athens.

Today, the Hydro biological Station of Rhodes operates as a Museum and Aquarium and is also used a a  research centre.  The Aquarium belongs to the National Centre of Marine Research. The aim of the Hydro biological Station of Rhodes is the preservation and display of embalmed and living creatures of the Mediterranean sea.

In the aquarium the visitors (200.000 per year) can admire specimens of entozoan, molluscs (gastropods and cephalopods), species of the crab family, echinoderms, many fish families, as well as sea turtles. In the Museum are also displayed exhibits such as various kinds of sharks and other fish, sea turtles, toothed whales, (Odontoceti) and Mediterranean monk seals.

Thanks to the research facilities of the Hydro biological Station of Rhodes and the National Centre of Marine Research, the Station runs research programmes, covering every aspect of oceanography in the area of the Dodecanese. It thus functions as a model research unit in the Mediterranean.

Opening hours

The Aquarium is open daily, except on Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday, Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year's Day (January 1).
April 1- October 1: 09.00 - 20.30
November 1 - March 31: 09.00 - 16.30

Entrance Fees for 2009
Full Admission: 5 euros
Reduced Admission for the following categories: 2,50 euros
Groups (15 person or more)
School pupils and under 18
Families with 3 or more children
Old Age Pensioners (over 65)
Public Security Forces

Free admission
Disabled persons and an escort
Pre-school children
ICOM members

Free admission
Disabled persons and an escort
Pre-school children
ICOM members


Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
Hydrobiological Station of Rhodes
Cos Street
P.C. 851 00 Rhodes
Tel: +30 2241027308 - 320
Fax: +30 22410 78321