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“Ho-Hum” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Open Air Water-Power Museum

Open Air Water-Power Museum
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Mountain Villages of Peloponnese - Private Day Trip from Athens Including...
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Dimitsana
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Owner description: The Open Air Water-Power Museum in Dimitsana (Peloponnese) is a thematic museum centered on the importance of hydraulic power in traditional societies, which presents the basic pre-industrial techniques using water as their main source of energy to produce various goods.It is the first open-air museum of pre-industrial technology in Greece and it has been awarded a Europa Nostra prize. It consists of the diligently restored premises of a number of water-powered small industries in the Dimitsana area, comprising watermill, cloth fulling-tub,tannery and gunpowder mill. The Open Air Water-Power Museum belongs to the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation Museums Network.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Ho-Hum”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

Great location, easy parking and marginally interesting display of how the area uses water power. You can walk to a small monastery from here. Over all though, kind of boring.

Visited May 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Sounds Dull Right ? This is a must!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2014

Unlike many museums in Greece where they merely show you statues or a pile of rocks with little or no context, this ittle gem of a museum provides everything. Water was a prominent feature of the area and the locals harnessed this energy in inventive and economically important ways. The museum is both open air but provides indoor attraction that give excellent narrative to this important cultural site. It was paid for by a bank and boasts modern videos, exhibits and audios. At 3 euros it really is a must see and is a two minute drive from the center of town.

Visited February 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Must visit while in Dimitsana”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

As a greek I was very impressed with this place and i would recommend everyone to visit while in the area. When i visit places like this in Greece i tend to feel cheated as in most cases there are no signs or explanations to indicate what you are looking at. The place is beautifully done and has very interesting things to see. The videos are a must. it is also ridiculously cheap to visit -only 3 euros and i am sure both adult and children will fine it a great place to see.

Visited January 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“excellent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

One should by all means visit this place. It is quite different from the usual museums. Very interesting! Don't miss especially if you have your children with you.

Visited December 2013
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“An integral part of the Arcadian experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2013

This is a great museum that shows how mechanically directed pressurized water was used in order to power a mill that would grid different cereals and grains/kernels. It also has a traditional tannery and shows how tedious and painstakingly long this lost tradition would take. In addition to this is has a black-powder mill that was used in the times of the Greek revolution. It is like taking a step back into time and seeing how the local people worked and produced necessities in a difficult alpine setting. Very informative and a must if you visit Dimitsana or the surrounding villages.

Visited December 2013
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