At the northernmost point of the island of Rhodes, in the wider area of Niohori,
built-in a sandy area that extends extensively into the deep blue waters,
is the Aquarium of Rhodes, where everyone can admire rare species
of fish and other species of marine life.
It is the first hydrobiological station of Rhodes and belongs to the National Center for Marine Research.
Its construction began in 1934, as the “Reale Istituto di Ricerche Biologiche di Rodi” (Royal Institute of Marine Biology of Rhodes) and was completed in 1935.
It began operating in 1937 as a research facility. the unit,
while when the Dodecanese united with Greece came into the Greek state
and operated under the supervision of the Academy of Athens
as a Hellenic Hydrobiological Institute.
Since 1963 it has been operating as an Aquarium-Museum called the Rhodes Hydrobiological Station and has been operating as a pilot research unit in the Mediterranean, conducting research programs covering the entire spectrum of Oceanography in the greater Dodecanese area.
The Aquarium building has been designated by the Ministry of Culture
as a historical preserved monument, a distinguished example
of “International Style” architecture.
Apart from a research unit, however, the Aquarium also serves
as a showroom as its goals include the preservation
and promotion of embattled and live Mediterranean marine exhibits.
About 200,000 visitors a year can admire, in the basement of the building,
all the richness of marine life, and in general, the marine ecosystem of the area.
In specially formulated tanks, which are full of seawater and are well labeled,
one can see blossoms, mollusks, gastropods, crabs, sea urchins,
cephalopods as well as sea turtles, while the atmosphere created
by the sea is exceptional, stone walls and low lighting.
Of particular interest is the collection hosted on the ground
floor of the Aquarium, which includes stuffed marine mammals
and large fish, shells, corals, and oceanographic instruments.
The Rhodes Aquarium is open daily from April 1 to October 31: 9: 00-20: 30 and from November 1 to March 31: 9: 00-16: 30