The first of a kind Turtle Museum in Cyprus has opened its doors in the community of Inia, near Paphos, with the aim of becoming an important educational centre for visitors and researchers alike.

There are two species of turtles on the island, namely the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta).

“Through a modern approach to the subject and multifaceted exhibits, combined with interactive thematic presentations, the museum offers unique experiences, revealing lesser-known and unknown aspects of the turtle world and the wider region that hosts them,” a statement released by the Turtle Museum said.

The museum features two halls of 150 square metres each that will exhibit information and data on turtles and their link with Lara and the wider Akamas area.

Adjacent to the exhibition hall, the Turtle Museum also features an environmental education hub with specially designed educational programmes and digital best practices for students of all ages.

“The education hub provides diverse opportunities for learning across a wide range of topics, with the goal of fostering and nurturing a lifelong environmental consciousness among young generations,” the statement said.

The Turtle Museum is open to the public year round. From May to October, it operates week days 10.00-14.00 and 15.00-17.00 and Saturdays 10.00-15.00. Closed Sundays.