ATHENS — Two museums of the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation's (PIOP) thematic museums network have been certified by the Ministry of Culture & Sports, it was reported on Monday.
One of the museums is the Rooftile & Brickworks Museum, housed in the old factory founded in the 1920s by Nikolaos and Spyridon Tsalapatas, at the city of Volos in Thessaly. It showcases the city's rich industrial history and preserves the original machinery for the production of bricks and rooftiles.
The second museum is the Environment Museum of Stymphalia, at Corinthia. The area is associated with Greek mythology hero Hercules as the site he killed the Stymphalian birds. The Stymphalia Lake, the largest mountain lake of the Peloponnese, is part of the European Network of Protected Areas NATURA 2000. It is also the southernmost mountain wetlands of the Balkans, with rich flora and fauna.
These two museums are the first to be certified from the PIOP group of museums, while a similar certification procedure will be followed for state-run museums too, a ministry statement said.