Museums in the Municipality of Karpenissi

The museums of the Municipality present the history, the culture, the tradition and the achievements of the wider area to the local community and to visitors through interesting exhibits and archival material. Spaces that underline the identity of the land and the true meaning of things, while creating values. With inspiring activities and exhibitions, these areas promote the culture and customs of the land.

The Museums of the Municipality of Karpenissi invite you to discover and explore them.

Visit the historical, listed monument of the Museum of National Resistance of Koryschades and learn about the first national assembly of Greeks fighting for liberation that took place here.

Learn about the history, tradition and customs of Megalo Chorio through the rich exhibits of the Folklore Museum of Megalo Chorio.

Admire the cultural products of the people of Mikro Chorio at the History and Folklore Museum of Mikro Chorio.

Travel in time and memory at the Folklore and History Museum of Domnista.

Take courses in mountaineering, skiing and mountain living at the ground-breaking Mountain Museum of Karpenissi which is the only one of its kind in Greece.

Culture & History Centre of Evritania

An original interactive Museum in Karpenissi presents the history and culture of Evritania. Making the most of educational programs and experiential methods, visitors learn about the history of the area, from antiquity to modern years, as unfolding through the permanent exhibition and interactive applications of the museum.

The Culture & History Centre of Evritania is developed in 6 halls, two of which are specially designed screening rooms. It also has audiovisual equipment of cutting edge technology. Given the above, the Museum operates like a living organism.

Its innovations include two virtual – augmented reality rooms, proudly powering unique time travel. In “Episkopi Hall” you can “visit” the Church of Episkopi, which is immersed in Lake Kremasta. In “Markos Botsaris” hall visitors can watch the “Battle of Kefalovryso”, the historic battle where Markos Botsaris lost his life.

The Permanent Exhibition entitled “The treasures of Evritania” unfolds in two rooms, where the cultural exhibits of each period are presented.

The Museum offers its unique experience in a renovated building, fully blended in with the natural surroundings; the building once housed the Forest Service and is located harmonized with the environment, which once housed the Forest Agency and is located just 600 meters from the central square of Karpenissi.

Museum of National Resistance of Koryschades

The historic, stone-built, listed monument once functioned as a school.  It went down in history when in May 1944 the Political Committee of National Liberation, also known as the mountain government, held its first national council for national resistance. With the participation of 176 National Councillors from across Greece, it was here that the resolution was approved, as well as the fundamental truth that “ All powers derive from the people and are exercised by the people”. A monument reminiscent of this historic day stands in the courtyard.

On the ground floor of the museum there is a library with a remarkable book collection while the upper floor houses a photography exhibition with rich material by the resistance photographer Spyros Meletzis, who has captured the process of the historic National Council and other images from the action of fighters. In the museum you will see, among other things, murals of heroes of the resistance and of heroes of the 1821 Greek War of Independence, created for historical and symbolic reasons.

Mountain Museum of Karpenissi

The first and only mountain museum in Greece, could not be anywhere else than Karpenissi. Housed in a stone building, it materialised thanks to the donations of friends and athletes who have excelled in mountaineering and other mountain sports. Here visitors will learn about the history of mountaineering and skiing, while viewing remarkable exhibits, such as objects from the first Greek Mission that conquered the highest peak in the world.

The Museum has two floors. On the ground floor visitors can see the exhibits as well as plenty of photographs, get information about various alternative activities, such as activities and sports in rivers and gorges, and about living on the mountains. The first floor is available for screening films and documentaries as well as for reading. 

Folklore Museum of Megalo Chorio

An old stone mansion, houses plenty of exhibits divided into three levels, all generously offered by the locals. In the first level room you can learn about the traditional professions of the area and their equipment, as well as various everyday utensils.

The second level is dominated by the clock from belfry of the village, which continuously counted the hours from 1926 to 1988. A silent witness of history, it bears the marks from the bullets of the Germans. In this sense, it is rather ironic that it was made in Germany and maybe that was the reason why the Germans stopped shooting in the village as soon as they found out.  At this level there is also a multi-purpose hall, as well as two room representations of a typical home of Megalo Chorio.

On the third level you will see the traditional costumes of the area, as well as folk art items, such as embroidery and textiles. At this level there is also a library, featuring more than 5000 titles, rare editions and manuscripts.  The exhibits also include letters sent by locals to their families before they were executed by the Italians in 1942.

History and Folklore Museum of Mikro Chorio

The Museum is housed in a building that used to be a primary school and its exhibit collections inform visitors about the life and work of the people of Mikro Chorio and of their contribution to the struggles of the Nation.

Exhibits are sorted chronologically and include historical documents, rich photographic material, images from the German occupation, the chronicle of the historical battle of Mikro Chorio, remnants of the National Resistance printing house, as well as household – agricultural equipment, etc.

The manuscripts of locals, original descriptions in the years of war and of peace, are truly invaluable. In the Multi-purpose Hall plays a video with a brief review of the main phases of development of the village. The library of the museum has books by people of Mikro Chorio, Evritania, as well as books about the area, while a museum shop operates at the entrance. Next to the Folklore Museum, in the school garden, stand the busts of Ioannis Zorbalopoulos, fighter of the 1821 Greek War of Independence, and of Georgios E. Papadis, the first teacher from Mikro Chorio.

Folklore and History Museum of Domnista

Dedicated to the study, promotion and preservation of local history, cultural heritage and folk tradition, the Folklore and History Museum of Domnista has brought together an abundance of exhibits that essentially reflect the culture through which were born and which they express. 

Here visitors will explore tools and equipment of professions of times bygone, local costumes, children’s toys, clay pots from the ancient settlement of Fantinos – Domnista and many photographs.

The museum is housed in the renovated Old Primary School.

Folklore Museum of Aspropyrgos

The museum is located in the village centre, in a traditional building and is a work of the Association of Aspropyrgos “O AGIOS GEORGIOS” for preserving and promoting local folk tradition. On its two floors, visitors will see chronological samples of household, agricultural, livestock and military equipment, photographs and archival material, clothing, embroidery and authentic costumes of the people of Aspropyrgos All the above were donated by members and friends of the Association.