The basic goals of the museological approach are to raise the public’s ecological awareness and preserve the knowledge relating to the region’s traditional technology.
The Environment Museum of Stymphalia is located in the mountainous area of the prefecture of Corinth, there where, according to mythology, Hercules confronted the Stymphalian birds. The plateau of Stymphalia is surrounded by the mountains of Κyllini (Zireia), Oligyrtos, Mavrovounio and Gravias, on the southern side of the prefecture of Corinthia. The water basin of Stymphalia is considered to be the largest mountain water basin of the Peloponnese, at the same time as being the Balkans’ southernmost mountain wetland. Its main interest resides in the lake’s rich organic world, as well as in the underground and visible ways along which the water circulates. The region’s ecological value, centred on the lake and its rich forests, is confirmed by its inclusion in the European Network of Protected Areas NATURA 2000.
The aim of the Environment Museum of Stymphalia is to show the interdependence of humankind and nature and their harmonious coexistence in the Stymphalia basin. The basic goals of the museological approach are to raise the public’s ecological awareness and preserve the knowledge relating to the region’s traditional technology. This objective is reflected through museology by the exhibition’s development in two exhibition units: the first presents the environment in this region, while the second marks the way in which the environment influenced the development of human activity and in particular that of traditional occupations.
Various means of expression and audiovisual media are used to ensure a better understanding of the exhibition’s content. Pictorial presentations refer to the objects’ use and are accompanied by corresponding audiovisual material of an educational nature. The exhibition’s goals are supported by models and interactive applications, digital representations and documentary films. Also, for the first time in Greece, an accessible cross-section of the lake in the museum’s interior offers the visitor the possibility of observing, closely, some of the region’s plants and fish.
The Environment Museum of Stymphalia also comprises a cafeteria and a gift shop, while its multipurpose hall offers the possibility of developing cultural actions in the provinces, namely by hosting temporary exhibitions and organising cultural events.
The Environment Museum of Stymphalia belongs to the Network of thematic Museums of technology of Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation (PIOP). For its creation, the Municipality of Stymphalia ceded to the Foundation the use of the premises. The project of the Museum was included in the Regional Operational Programme of the Peloponnese of 2000-2006 and was funded by the Third Community Support Framework and Piraeus Bank.
The Environment Museum of Stymphalia-Information
Address: 200 16, Stymphalia, Corinth & Τ: +30 27470 22296| www.piop.gr
From 1 March to 15 October: Daily (except Tuesday), 10:00-18:00
From 16 October to 28 February: Daily (except Tuesday), 10:00-17:00
Closed on: Tuesdays, as well as on January 1st, Good Friday (until 12 noon), Easter Sunday, May 1st, August 15, September 14 (local feast day), December 25 and 26
Admission: General: € 3 & Concessions: € 1.50
Groups: It is advisable to contact the Museum in advance, in order to obtain better service.
Disabled persons: There is no admission fee for disabled persons. Groups should definitely contact the Museum in advance to make the necessary arrangements.
Photography / Filming: Amateur photography and videotaping is permitted. Those wishing to take photographs or film the exhibits for professional purposes should obtain a special permit from PIOP.