The Environmental 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.
Exhibits of the Environmental museum of Stymphalia
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
- Documentation films
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.