Museums in Aitolo-Akarnania


Spridon Trikoupis was a well-known Greek diplomat and historian from Mesolongi, while his son Charilaos is considered the founder of Modern Greece. Their mansion was built in 1840, one of the oldest in the town. The understated grandeur of the mansion – now a museum – is characteristic of true Greek architecture.
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The museum contains finds from the district of Aitolo-akarnania, ranging from the Prehistoric to the Roman periods. It was erected in 1960 and is a donation of the Papastratos brothers.
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The museum contains funerary stelae and other finds, mainly from the cemeteries of ancient Thyrreion and Anaktorion and various finds from the region of modern Vonitsa. Noteworthy are the marble funerary relief from the 4th century BC and an inscribed stele on the alliance between Thyrreans and Romans from 94 BC.
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If you're an ancient history buff, you'll certainly enjoy the Mycenaean pots, inscriptions, clay figurines, Roman steles and other objects found in the regions of Chryssovitsa, as well as the temple of Apollo Thermios in ancient Calydon.
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Housed in an old building from 1835 in Mesolongi, this gallery-cum-museum houses significant sculptures and paintings tied to Greece and its history.
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This is a private collection dedicated to the Greek Revolution between 1821 and 1829, liberating Greece from the Ottoman Empire, with focus on Nafpaktos. Visitors will marvel at the traditional costumes, swords, manuscripts and other memorabilia from an explosive era in a city that is now serenely quiet.
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Found at the entrance to the little 'isand' in a stone-build little building that was once an olive mill, it houses objects, tools and clothes that formed part of everyday life in Aitoliko over the last two centuries.
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Here's a good array of tools and objects of everyday life, including looms, guns, musical instruments, books, lamps, costumes, weights and other odd stuff that have mostly been left behind by modern society. In this village, however, they seem perfectly in place and offer a moving experience of life as we once knew it.
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Located in Agrinio and established by the prefecture's Women's Association, the museum covers everything 100 years between 1921-1920. This is a more cultural folklore museum covering local city life as well, touching on currency, philology, religious artefacts, history, local handicrafts and farming.
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This museum will be appreciated by those who speak or study Greek. It pays homage to the poet Kostis Palamas, with numerous publications, memorabilia and photographs related to the poet. Palamas founded the "New Athenian School" of thought, shying away from purism and embracing political liberalism.
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In a splendid two-floor building from 1931, once upon a time the Town Hall of Mesolongi, there is a collection about the small city's famous battle or 'sortie' as it is known. The works and photographs of Lord Byron, considered a beloved philhellene, are also on display.
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Tied to Mesolongi's Cultural Association, this museum reflects the history and culture of the city through folk art and objects.
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A modest picture gallery that emphasizes the troubled history of this region and town, in particular the exodus of Mesolongi after the Ottoman siege of the city.
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Procured by General Notis Botsaris in 1829 when the city gained independence, the tower features a museum regarding the 1571 Battle of Lepanto and many paintings, gravures, etc. There are also displays regarding churches and rulers of medieval times, as well as wall textiles weaved in Belgium.
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A modern building on Aitoliko island housing a comprehensive collection of this famous Greek artist's and engraver's work. Her unique style is a must see in what is possibly the only European museum on engraving and printmaking art.
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