Open-air water-power museum

Dimitsana is a village some 30 km north-west of Tripolis in the Central Peloponnese. The museum, a site of the Museum Network of the Cultural Foundation of the Piraeus Bank Group (PIOP), is close to a celebrated beauty spot called Kefalari-tou Al-Yanni. All the restored industrial buildings on the 10 ha site depended on water power. A corn mill has working equipment powered by a horizontal wheel, and adjoins the miller’s house. The same building accommodated a fulling mill, of which some 20 fulling vats remain. A powder mill is one of many in Greece where, from the sixteenth century, villages collected and ground saltpetre which was paid to the Turkish authorities as tax. The mill was an important source of gunpowder for the Greeks in the War of Independence against the Turks in the early nineteenth century. All the principal structures have been restored of a tannery, including the lime pits, tanning vats, and areas for hanging, drying and dressing hides. The ruins of two further tanneries have been stabilised and interpreted to visitors.

Open-air water-power museum
Kefalari Ai-Yannis
220 07 Dimitsana
+30 (0) 27950 - 31630

Recommended duration of visit:1 Hours
Duration of a guided tour:30-90 Minutes
Access for persons with disabilities:For details see website
Infrastructure for children:
Gift and book shop on site:yes

March to 15 October:
Wednesday - Monday 10am-6pm

16 October to February:
Wednesday - Monday 10am-5pm

  • Guided tours for children