Museums, Lake Karla

The region around Volos has many different museums and information centers to visit, and Lake Karla itself has three or four that are noteworthy: the Centre for Wild Orchids in the village of Kerasia, the Elias Lefousis Museum which is on the same property as the Orchid center, the Museum of Lake Karla’s Civilization in Kanalia, and the Information Centre for the Lesser Kestrel also in Kanalia. It is best to call ahead to make sure that these small museums are open when you visit, as most are ‘by appointment’.


This is the most important in the region, dating from 1909. It features collections from prehistory to Roman years, such as ceramics, statues, bone tools and weapons.
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If you're into studying nature, you're going to love this gem of a place. The Centre for Research and Protection of Wild Orchids in Northern Pelion was established in 2012 and lies in the old school of the village of Kerasia, not far from Lake Karla.
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The Elias Lefousis Museum honors one of the great writers of the region. The works of Lefousis were dedicated to revealing life in the rural areas of Thessaly during the 20th century, particularly since the region's liberation from Ottoman times.
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Created in 2010 by members of the Nea Karion Women’s Association, the Folklore Museum presents aspects of the village’s cultural and social life over the past two centuries.
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Housed in the Zoulia mansion, the museum presents artefacts on the economic and cultural development of the area from 1900 and to the mid 20th century.
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Learn more about the lesser kestrel! An information centre about this wondrous bird funded by the EU LIFE programme (LIFE+ 11 ΝΑΤ/GR/001011) was established beside the local high school in the village of Kanalia, not far from Lake Karla.
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Located in the two-storey home of folklorist Kitsos Makris, the center displays his folklore collection, a library with 4,000 volumes of books and his archive,
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In the village of Kanalia near Lake Karla, the Museum of Lake Karla's Civilization offers precious insight on life around the lake before it was drained, how the livelihood of the inhabitants was compromised, and what opportunities exist for its future.
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