The brickworks were founded in 1926 by the Tsalapatas brothers and cover a total area of 22,000m2 (236,806ft2, or roughly 5,44 acres). The factory used to produce a wide variety of bricks and tiles and, at the peak of its activity, employed 250 people, with equipment corresponding to 300HP of installed power. The N. & S. Tsalapatas Rooftile and Brickworks Factory closed down in 1978.
In 2004 a Rooftile and Brickwork Museum in the factory's main facilities (5,000m2, or 53,820 ft2) was created. It is a site of the Museum Network of the Cultural Foundation of the Piraeus Bank Group (PIOP). Two years later, the Tsalapatas Factory "restarted operations": the grinders, the compressors, the cutters, the clay silos, the trolleys and the Hoffmann kiln recompose the production chain, allowing visitors to familiarize themselves with the traditional professions of brick-maker and tiler and the refining and processing techniques of the raw materials.
Held in the building complex that the actual production took place in, the permanent exhibition also includes scale models and abundant audiovisual material, while the special educational programmes and events ensure the public's direct contact with all the stages of tile and brick manufacturing.
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March to 15 October:
Wednesday - Monday 10am-6pm
16 October to February:
Wednesday - Monday 10am-5pm