The wider area of Mani can be characterized as an open-air museum, full of history. In the museums of the area you will have the opportunity to discover its culture and history, through a special journey starting from the past.
Byzantine Museum of Mani
The Byzantine Museum of Mani is housed in the Pikoulakis Tower in Areopolis and is definitely worth the visit. It is a fortified house with a tower. The Tower is a building which dates back to 1821 and is a typical example of fortification architecture. There, you will have the opportunity to see the permanent exhibition on “Stories of religious faith of Mani”.
Neolithic Museum of Diros
A really unique museum is also located at the entrance of the cave of Alepotrypa. The Neolithic Museum of Diros hosts important archaeological findings of the excavations conducted by the archaeologist G. Papathanassopoulos. Among the Neolithic figurines, one can see game bones, pottery from mass burials, utensils and other objects of everyday life. There is also a female skeleton, which dates from 3200 BC and is exposed exactly as it was discovered.
Historical and Ethnological Museum of Mani
Last but not least, it would be great to visit the Historical and Ethnological Museum of Mani, which is housed in the historic Tzanetaki Tower. It is located on the picturesque island of Kranai of Gythio (or Marathonisi). The three-storey tower is a building of 1829 and retains its traditional identity until today. There, you will have the opportunity to attend unique exhibitions on the history of Mani and to admire this wonderful green island that hosts this legendary tower. Undoubtedly, an impressive landscape that will captivate you.