The Environment Museum of Stymphalia, whose aim is to show the interdependence of mankind and Nature, focuses on their harmonious coexistence in the Stymphalia basin.
Its objective is to raise the public’s ecological awareness and preserve the knowledge of the region’s traditional technology.
What is on display?
The Environment Museum of Stymphalia is located on the slope of one of the verdant hills surrounding Lake Stymphalia where, according to mythology, Hercules confronted and slew the Stymphalian birds.
The first module of the Environment Museum of Stymphalia provides information on the region’s environment and its importance.
Stymphalia belongs to the European Network of Protected Areas NATURA 2000. Lake Stymphalia and Mount Zireia are of great ecological value. They communicate through underground, as well as visible water routes, defining the aquatic basin of Stymphalia, the largest mountain lake of the Peloponnese. It also constitutes the southernmost mountain wetland of the Balkans, with rich flora and fauna.
In the second module, you will discover how the region’s environment influenced the development of human activity, and in particular that of traditional professions. In order to better understand the history, folklore and life in Stymphalia through the ages, the Museum is endowed with:
Pictorial representations concerning the objects’ use
Abundant audiovisual material of an educational nature
Original digital representations
In the Museum’s interior you have access to what, in Greece, is a unique exhibit: an open aquarium representing a cross-section of the lake, with live fish and plants of the region!
Lastly, the Multipurpose Hall is used to host temporary exhibitions, organize events and develop cultural activities.
Of interest to children
Young visitors will enjoy getting into the rowing boat to see, close up, plants and fish of this wetland, which can be seen in the lake’s cross-section in the Museum’s interior. In parallel, they have the opportunity to see original models. Furthermore, the Museum’s digital representations bring to life how the people lived in harmony with Nature, for thousands of years, around Lake Stymphalia.
The Museum organizes educational programmes with games and activities, for schools and group visits, such as the programme «Secret games, in the lake’s waters».