Ermioni Museums and Library

ERMIONI MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND FOLKLORE

In the old village of Ermioni, there is the Museum of History and Folklore, which is housed in a typical unique building-style of a traditional fortified Ermioni residence.  This house, which is referred to as 'The Economou House' was built in the 18th Century, but over the years this grand historic house was reduced to ruins.  However, thanks to the Hellenic Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport, the care and efforts made by the 'Friends of Ermioni' Society, as well as grants from the Voudouris Foundation, the historic building was carefully restored back to its original state, allowing it to be used as the Ermioni Museum of History and Folklore.

The Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year and every day during August
Summer: 19:00 - 21:00   -    Winter: 17:00 - 19:00 

The Ermioni Museum is situated in the centre of the old village, adjacent to the 9thC Byzantine church of Taxiarches (Archangels). The Economou House is a fortified two storey building with two entrance gates, a large spacious courtyard and a large double terrace overlooking Ermioni and Kapari Bay. The house is a unique specimen of a stately Ermioni residence from the 18th Century.

The 18th Century Economou House is of historic importance, as it was the place, where from January to March 1827, several military leaders, politicians and clergymen, who were all urged by General Theodoros Kolokotronis, to gather and act as 'plenipotentiaries' in the fight for an Independent Nation, in order to continue the works of the Third Hellenic National Assembly, which started in Epidavros and was brought to a conclusion in Trizina.  The Third  Hellenic National Assembly has been described by Nicholas Dragoumis, in his Historical Memoirs, 'as a place where meetings were held in an oblong room'.  In the very same first floor room, the exhibition aims to bring out the work of the Third National Assembly in that dramatic and crucial period of the 'Hellenic Revolution', with written documents, period weapons and heroes' portraits of the Greek War of Independence 1821-1832.

The President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, visited the Museum on Sunday 12th March 2017 to celebrate the 190th Anniversary of this famous and historic 3rd National Assembly, held in Ermioni in 1827.

Outside the museum, there is a small garden with statues of Ermioni's Independence War heroes.  They are the two Mitsas brothers, Stamatis and Yiannis (pictured above, right) who led the Ermioni struggle against the Ottoman Turks.  Throughout the modern history of Greece, the active participation of the people of Ermioni in the fights and sacrifices for various National causes can clearly be seen through many photos, war decorations and medals, weapons and other memorabilia.  Admission: Free.


ERMIONI TOY MUSEUM

The Ermioni Toy Museum opened in August 2013, following the renovation of a  building located at the back of the Panaghia church in the old village.  Most of the toys on display were supplied by an Ermioni resident, who donated all her old family toys for this project. The museum itself was sponsored and funded by donations made by a society called 'The Friends of Ermioni'.  The museum has two floors, the ground floor has a reproduction living/dining room from the last century, with a traditional Greek puppet theatre with all the famous characters dating from the 19th Century that children used to enjoy.  The first floor has a large collection of traditional toys which were used throughout Greece over the last hundred of years.  The displays feature old metal and wooden toys which were played with by younger children, from early boats and bi-planes to the mid-1960's automobile era, a large collection of figures and dolls, with old handycraft products and accessories.  Many, old and young visit, and are given the opportunity to be given a guide and explanation of the types of toys on display.  The school section is very popular, as it shows the standard uniforms that were worn to school by all the pupils, including the writing materials and books that the children used for their education and learning.  Although the village museum has a relatavely small collection at present, it has been very popular with the local residents and visitors.  Any donations of traditional old toys are always welcomed, as the museum continues to expand its present collection.  Admission: Free.

The Toy Museum is open throughout the Summer months - evenings only 19:00 - 21:00

Also open on public holidays and local festivals 

 

 THE LIBRARY OF ERMIONI

The first library in Ermioni, which is situated in the centre of the old village, opened in 2008.  It has over 8,000 volumes that cover all areas of knowledge. By the end of the first year, over 3,500 books were lent out, mainly to students, but also to adult residents.  A small selection of European books are available and free wi-fi access for those who bring their laptops.  Admission: Free

The establishment of the library was based on private donations and today is run by volunteers.  The furniture, furnishings, modern technological equipment and large volume of books are all thanks to private donations made by individuals and local organisations.

Future plans are to expand the library to the neighbouring building of the Kapodistiran School, which stands in front of the library and was the towns elementary school since 1888.  However, substantial renovation work is necessary to this old historic building.  

The Library is open throughout the year

The Summer opening times are:   Monday to Friday 18:00 - 20:30   Saturday 10:00 - 12:00


Location

Ermioni Museum of History & Folklore
Greece
37° 23' 5.2656" N, 23° 14' 41.8236" E
Picture Gallery
The Ermioni museum of history and folklore mosaic Museum front garden, with the heroic Mitsas brothers Museums renovations in 1992 The spacious inner courtyard of the museum Display of assorted kitchen and garden implements Traditional domestic tools and implements Tools from the 19th Century A traditional 19th Century loom A 19th Century spinning-wheel and accessories Display of traditional Ermioni costumns Display of traditional wall decorations and furniture Traditional Ermioni costumes during the mid 19th Century A 19th Century brides wedding dress (on the left) Ermioni costume from the mid 19th Century, with photo of original wearer Painting of the museum building by a local artist Selection of paintings by local artists Painting showing the 3rd National Assembly, held in the present museum Paintings from the War of Independance period 1821-1832 Pictures of the last owners of the museum building Library: The entrance in the old village of Ermioni Library: Selection of childrens books available Library: Assorted reference books to borrow Library: Rear of the building, built on Hellenistic walls Location of Museums and Library in the old village Toy Museum: In the old village of Ermioni Toy Museum: Traditional Greek puppet theatre Toy Museum: Selection of figures and dolls Toy Museum: Various handicrafts and accessories Toy Museum: Assorted dolls and board games Toy Museum: Collection of metal and wooden toys Toy Museum: Old school uniform and photographs Toy Museum: Old Ermioni scene of children and their toys Ermioni Museum: Hellenic President's visit for 190th Anniversary Ermioni Museum: Hellenic President's visit for 190th Anniversary Ermioni Museum: Hellenic President's visit for 190th Anniversary Ermioni Museum: Hellenic President's visit for 190th Anniversary Ermioni Museum: Hellenic President's visit for 190th Anniversary Ermioni Museum: Hellenic President's visit for 190th Anniversary Ermioni Museum: Hellenic President's visit for 190th Anniversary Ermioni Museum: Hellenic President's visit for 190th Anniversary