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The Environment Museum of Stymphalia: Fostering the Interdependence of mankind and nature The Environment Museum of Stymphalia

Nestled on the slope of the verdant hills surrounding Lake Stymphalia in Greece lies a hidden gem, the Environment Museum of Stymphalia. This remarkable institution serves as a beacon for harmonious coexistence in the Stymphalia basin, offering an immersive experience that aims to raise the public’s ecological awareness. The museum’s location is not merely symbolic; it is deeply intertwined with the region’s rich history and natural wonders.

Legend has it that Hercules once confronted and slew the Stymphalian birds, mythical creatures that plagued this very land. Today, the museum pays homage to this epic tale by highlighting the interdependence of mankind and nature. Its exhibits are a testament to the enduring connection between the local environment and the development of human activity in the region.

The museum is divided into several modules, each offering a unique perspective on the Stymphalian basin’s ecosystem. The first module provides visitors with comprehensive information about the region’s environment. Stymphalia belongs to the European Network of Protected Areas NATURA 2000, and it’s easy to understand why. Lake Stymphalia and Mount Zireia are of great ecological value, communicating through both underground and visible water routes, defining the aquatic basin of Stymphalia. This lake stands as the largest mountain lake of the Peloponnese and the southernmost mountain wetland of the Balkans, boasting rich flora and fauna.

In the second module, visitors can explore how the region’s environment influenced the development of human activity. Here, you’ll find unique exhibits, including an open aquarium representing a cross-section of the lake. Live fish and plants from the region offer a captivating glimpse into the underwater world of Stymphalia.

For young visitors, the opportunity to get into a rowing boat and witness the wetland’s plants and fish up close is an unforgettable experience.
Additionally, original models and digital representations within the museum bring to life the history of how people lived in harmony with nature around Lake Stymphalia for thousands of years.

The Environment Museum of Stymphalia is not just a place to admire the past, it’s also a hub of contemporary cultural activity. The Multipurpose Hall hosts temporary exhibitions, events, and cultural activities, making it an engaging destination for visitors of all ages. Children, in particular, will find the museum of great interest, as it organizes educational programs, games, and activities. One such program, “Secret games in the lake’s waters,” allows children to delve into the mysteries of this unique ecosystem.

In summary, the Environment Museum of Stymphalia stands as a testament to the profound interdependence of mankind and nature. It educates, inspires, and entertains visitors, fostering an appreciation for the environment and the importance of harmonious coexistence. As you explore the museum’s exhibits and partake in its activities, you’ll discover the true essence of the Stymphalia basin, where history, ecology, and human ingenuity converge in an enchanting display of interconnectedness.

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Environment Museum of Stymphalia

Opening hours:
From March 1st through to October 15th:
Daily (except Tuesdays): 10 am – 6 pm.
From October 16th through to February 28th:
Daily (except Tuesdays): 10 am – 5 pm.
Closed on: Tuesdays, January 1st /  Good Friday (until 12 noon) / Greek Orthodox, Easter Sunday /  May 1st /  September 14th (local patron feast) /  August 15th / December 25th and 26th.

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Admission:
– Standard entrance fee: € 4,00
– Concessionary ticket: € 2,00.
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Free admission:
Days of free admission:
May 18th (International Museum Day)
June 5th (World Environment Day)
Last weekend in September (European Heritage Days)
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Access:
KTEL buses run daily from Kiato to the villages of the Stymphalia region at 12 o’clock (noon). Return trip to Kiato on the following day, at 7am.

For more iformation visit the official website: Environment Museum of Stymphalia
Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation (PIOP)

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