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A wide variety of museums can take you on a journey into the past, to fine art, to tradition and nature.

Volos

The Athanassakeio Archeological Museum of Volos is one of the most important Greek museums. Its exhibits include objects from the Neolithic settlements of Sesklo and Diminio; clay figures and utensils of the geometric era from Volos Castle, Pefkakia, Neapoli, and from sites in the greater Thessalian region, statues from the classical period, as well as rare articulated figurines and reliefs of the Alexandrian era from Dimitriada.

Entomological Museum

Volos

The Entomological Museum, in Volos, is the only one of its kind in Greece and one of the best in the Balkans. It is constantly being enriched with new items and today includes 35,000 insects of different classes, mainly Lepidoptera, that belong to more than 10,000 species, subspecies, and varieties. Among them are rare or even unique specimens, such as the biggest butterfly in the world, the Thysania agrippina from South America, which has a wingspan of 37-40 cm.

Chrysoula Zogia Museum

Volos

The Chrysoula Zogia Museum and Art Gallery, in Volos, known to the locals as the “Rose House”, functions as a museum and gallery featuring the artist Chrysoula Zogia. The museum houses around 200 works by the artist that are representative of her career. However, the visitor’s eye will also be caught by the furniture of the house, the countless notes made by the owner that may be found all over the place, photographs of her, personal items, hundreds of painted bottles, and many other things that reveal the special personality of the owner.

Thessaly Railway Museum

Volos

The Thessaly Railway Museum is housed on the first floor of the Volos railway station building, which was built in 1882 to plans by Evaristo de Chirico. It contains rare photographs, share certificates, archives, historical documentaries, unique books, and architectural plans for railways of the 19th century, photocopies of papyruses, and many other rare documents of the era that depict the history of the railway over the course of time.

The Typographical Museum of the "Thessalia" Newspaper

Volos

The Typographical Museum of the Thessalia Newspaper (24210 95751), in Volos. The Museum of the longest running Greek provincial newspaper—uninterrupted publication since 1898—cannot  be anything but a very special typographical Museum. A hall covering 350 m2 at the newspaper’s headquarters in the Volos industrial area is home to 100 years of daily history and 100 years of technology. Linotype machines from the 19th century, presses, cutters, printing accessories, typesetting tables, are flanked by the oldest and most complete newspaper archive in Greece (more than 1 million pages) and 40 glass frames with as many distinguished historical front pages.

The Giorgio di Chirico Art Center

Volos

The Giorgio di Chirico Art Center (24210 37119), in Volos. On the three floors of the building there is a permanent exhibition of the Aleksandros Damtsas collection, with about 500 paintings from all the important artistic movements of our century. These artworks include engravings, maps and documentaries about the area, works by Greek engravers, and works by artists from Volos, Magnesia, and Thessaly. The largest part of the donated collection is made up by works from Greek artists of the 19th and    early 20th centuries. In other parts of the Art Center are regular exhibitions covering a range of artistic interests.

Museum of Art Folklore in Makrinitsa Square , the Milies Pelion Museum and the Angelini Museum in Horto

Makrinitsa, Milies & Horto

The Museum of Art Folklore in Makrinitsa Square (24280 99505), the Milies Pelion Museum (2423 353300), and the Angelini Museum in Horto village are folk museums with interesting exhibits of the everyday life and tradition of Pelion, including tools, decorations, handicrafts, banners, and traditional costumes.

Greek Museum of Zagora

Zagora

The Greek Museum of Zagora is the famous school of “Rigas”, the oldest school in Pelion, where many famous figures from Greek history and literature studied.        

Theofilos Museum

Anakasia

The Theofilos Museum (24210 47340) in Anakasia. The Kontou house in Anakasia is one of the most important new monuments in the area, since it is the only preserved mansion in Pelion with an entire fine arts program. The artistic decoration of the house was started by the folk artist Theofilos (1870-1934), who in 1912 painted the salon on the upper floor of the Kontou house in two friezes.

The Worry-Bead Museum

Portaria

The Worry-Bead (Komboloi) Museum (24280 90190) in Portaria. In the Worry-Bead Museum you will find a great variety of worry-beads (komboloi) made from bone, amber, coral, gum mastic, and other materials. You can choose from among a wide variety of materials to make up your own personal worry-beads.

The Radio Museum

Lafkos

The Radio Museum (24230 65046), in Lafkos, was the first radio museum in Greece. The collection of radios was made by the German Wilfried Shoeps, who has in his possession more than 1000 radios that he bought from many countries of the world. 90% of these radios are in perfect condition and can be tuned to many frequencies. Today, this famous museum exhibits more than 120 radios that are changed regularly every four months.

Milies Library

Milies

The Milies Library (24230 86260) is crammed with old books, many of which belonged to the old Psyche Akos School that was founded by Anthimos Gazis and Grigorios Konstantas. The library also has an exhibition of instruments and tools from the School, historical  souvenirs of the War of Independence, banners, and old documents.

The Fabio Museum

Lafkos

The Fabio Museum (24233 50400), in Lafkos, was founded in 2005 in honor of the artist Thanasis Fabas (1922-2011). In his painting, which was influenced by ancient minimalism and Byzantine icon painting, the female form is predominant. He designed book covers for G. Ritsos, M. Loudemis, I. Lefousis and I. Tsatsos, as well as covers for classical music records. The Museum’s exhibition rooms contain 60 paintings and 8 statues (from white Pelion marble) that were donated by the artist himself.

The Lafkos Folk Museum

Lafkos

The Lafkos Folk Museum (24233 50400) is under the same roof as the Fabio Museum. In the basement of the building there is an exhibit of various objects and artworks from the folk tradition of Lafkos and of Pelion in general. There is a variety of coffee grinders,  traditional chests, weapons, water bottles, farming tools,

 vessels, and postcards.

The Olive Museum

Ano Gatzea

At the Olive Museum (24230 22009), in Ano Gatzea, the main exhibition space includes illustrative collections that have to do with the process of picking, selecting, processing, and selling olives. There are also clay pots of various sizes for the storage of oil, hooks, metal funnels and hoops, barrel staves used in the making of an olive press, etc. The outside area displays an impressive olive press 2.20 m in height and 3 m in diameter, which was dismantled inside the building and reassembled so that it could be used for educational purposes.

The Art Museum of the Sculptor Nikolas

Agios Georgios

The Art Museum of the Sculptor Nikolas (24280 93100), in Agios Giorgios, is home to 22 sculptures by the artist, of which most are bronze, all, apart from one head of Christ, are full figures, and nine are of enormous size. The engravings by Nikola are also of particular interest and include 13 woodcarvings, one copper gravure, and 16 medals. In two wooden showcases the visitor may see and examine tools of the trade, plans, etching molds, as well as handwritten letters and personal items of the famous sculptor and engraver.

 

The Ecclesiastical Museum

Agios Georgios

The Ecclesiastical Museum (24280-93100), in Agios Georgios, is housed in the Monastery of St George. It was founded in 1995 by Aurelia Vafeiadi (sister of the sculptor Nikola) and is part of the Vafeiadis Cultural Center. In an area of approximately 55 m2 there are relics  from churches of the village (cherubim, altar screens, chalices, vestments, etc.), portable  icons and ecclesiastical books. Here also is preserved a codex dated 1864 from the monastery Pammegiston Taxiarchon of Nileia, which records the entire movable and fixed property of the monastery, as well as a pair of silver cuffs belonging to the Elder Gabriel.

The Achillio Marine Museum

Achillio

The Achillio Marine Museum (2422041227), in Pteleos municipality, was founded in 2003. Its purpose was to make the public more aware of matters related to the marine environment. The nucleus of the exhibits is a collection of seashells by Vas. Stefanou Papastergiou, although the museum is constantly being enriched with shells and other exhibits from all over the world.

The EPSA Soft-Drink Museum

Agria

The EPSA Soft-Drink Museum (24280 91901), in Agria. The well-known, in Greece, EPSA soft drinks have a 50-year history. This, together with the modern production unit, is made available to the public through a museum that functions within the factory installation. In the museum you can observe the modern process of production, you will get to know the history of EPSA, you will see the “machines” that used to be used for the manufacture of soft drinks, you will have  the opportunity to get to know all the EPSA products, you will see the five valuable awards won by EPSA, as well as works of art by artists, famous or not, who were inspired by the company’s products, and you will see an enormous collection of glass bottles used for older brands, from all over Greece, that unfortunately no longer exist!

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