The Stamatiadis Mineralogy and Paleontology Museum is the first of its kind, both in Rhodes and within the greater area of the Dodecanese. The absence of a museum such as this has in the past been repeatedly reproached to this part Greece, all the more since our country has made a reputation for the exceptional wealth of its soil. It is indeed to be wondered why up to the day of the launching of the Stamatiadis Museum initiative, the island of Rhodes – itself a place of renowned mineralogical and paleontological interest – had not had a museum of this nature. As is often the case, however eager, words rarely translated into practice.
One of the main ideas governing the launching and hosting of this Museum has been the desire to extend the mineralogical and paleontological experience way beyond the strict field of acquaintance with specific areas traditionally yielding minerals as well as harboring fossils. This has from the very beginning been meant to be a learning experience aimed at whoever student or erudite, whether an experienced researcher or a greenhorn collector or even at that simple visitor with a wish to have a closer look and marvel at the creations of mother Nature, without having to travel the world to find them. Pupils will also find here valuable information and relevant documentation for their school projects and papers.
The Museum's doors will be open to those wishing to come – however often – to drink at the fountain of knowledge. A hall within the premises has been arranged to host film projections; featuring a big screen and appropriately equipped with all relevant infrastructure, this is where visitors will come to watch films on a vast array of topics relevant to nature and the environment.
A visit to the Stamatiadis Mineralogy and Paleontology Museum may indeed become an integral part of the teaching experience of whatever subject matters relevant to Geology, as student will have a first-hand impression of what they are taught.