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Museums Network by Piraeus Bank

Creation and Operation of Museums by Piraeus Bank (PIOP)

The following seven thematic technological museums are in operation:
  1. Silk Museum in Soufli,
  2. Open-Air Water-Power Museum in Dimitsana, Arkadia,
  3. Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil in Sparta,
  4. Museum of Industrial Olive Oil Production in Lesvos (Aghia Paraskevi), Lesvos island,
  5. Rooftile and Brickworks Museum N. &S. Tsalapatas in Volos,
  6. Museum of Marble Crafts in Pyrgos, Tinos island,
  7. Museum of the Environment in Stymfalia Oreini Korinthia.
Two new museums are to be added to the Network in the near future: Mastiha Museum in Hios and Argyrotechnias Museum of Ioannina, thus widening PIOP’s presence and action in the cultural map of Greece.

These museums do not belong to PIOP or the Bank but to the Local Government or the Greek State. The Foundation is committed to and has undertaken the museums’ exemplary operation for the first 50 years. It covers their total expenses and ensures their smooth operation. Local partners and representatives of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism participate in the museum operation committees. Following the 50-year period, the owners of these museums undertake these responsibilities if they choose to do so. The continual increase in visitor numbers in the Museum Network is due to the fact that they are becoming all the more recognizable. Visitor numbers rose by 23% in 2011, reaching 120,000. It should be noted that 67% of visits were free of charge. Museum Network employees receive regular training in order to continually upgrade the services provided to customers.

Support and Development of Local Societies through PIOP


The Cultural Foundation of Piraeus Group (PIOP) and in the framework of Corporate Social Responsibility and of the three fields of action People-Society-Culture which it promotes, has undertaken the implementation of cultural and scientific actions in the Greek periphery. Its policy is unwaveringly oriented towards the development of local societies and has as its basic aim their direct cultural and indirect economic upgrading.

This aim is achieved with the creation and operation of an extensive, continually-growing Network of thematic technological museums at selected sites in the Greek periphery. The subject of each museum focuses on the local crafts, the technological traditions and production.

The following seven thematic technological museums are in operation:

  • Silk Museum in Soufli,
  • Open-Air Water-Power Museum in Dimitsana, Arkadia,
  • Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil in Sparta,
  • Museum of Industrial Olive Oil Production in Lesvos (Aghia Paraskevi), Lesvos island,
  • Rooftile and Brickworks Museum N. &S. Tsalapatas in Volos,
  • Museum of Marble Crafts in Pyrgos, Tinos island,
  • Museum of the Environment in Stymfalia Oreini Korinthia.
PIOP supports the remote or island regions of Greece where the museums are located by continually raising tourist numbers in these. PIOP achieves economic strengthening of local societies by ensuring that:

  • It supports cultural tourism,
  • 80% of goods and 50% of products on sale at the museum shops and cafeterias are supplied by the local market,
  • It creates jobs by employing personnel mainly from the region of operation of each museum.
Local societies recognize the positive effects of the projection of their cultural identity on the strengthening of their economies. They exploit the cultural reserve they possess by using as their basis research work which is related to the creation and operation of the PIOP museums and concerns the historical recording of their local production and their industrial development.