Collection - Exhibitions

THE LOCAL MUSEUM

The Local Museum of Milies displays the history and the traditional ways of life of the village and its inhabitants with texts,
photographs, objects of the various crafts, the household and the fields, woven fabrics and embroideries.

At the entrance of the museum we find a copy of the banner of the Greek Revolution raised in Milies in 1821 and a copy of the map of Greece printed in Vienna.

As one enters the first panel gives a historical flashback of the wild Centaurs and of the wise Chiron teaching Achilles, it focuses on the wedding of Peleus and Thetis celebrated in the woods of Pelion and on Jason and his boat Argo built with timber from
nearby sailing in search of the Golden Fleece.

A panel gives information on the excavations of the temple of Apollo and then the visitor is shown the development of life during
the years of the Turkish occupation, elements of the Pelion architecture, of the main church and of the monastery of St. Nicolas. Reference is also given on the local painter Theophilos and on Garefis the hero of the Macedonian War of Independence.

Information about the famous School of Miilies founded in 1814 with details about the three Miliotes Scholars Gazis, Konstandas
and Philippides give an idea of the flourishing of Milies in the age of Enlightenment.

The next panels talk about life in Milies at the beginning of the 20 th century, about the Pelion train that connected Milies to the city port of Volos and about the Pelion costume.

The burning of the village by the German army in 1943, the earthquakes that shook the area in 1955, the frost that destroyed thousand of olive trees give a forlorn impression.

The Museum also offers visitors the opportunity of learning about the various crafts that still existed in Milies. The icon painter, the blacksmith and the lantern maker, the wood and stone carver, the pack saddler and farrier each have a panel. Agricultural tasks are also presented. Tending the olive trees, chestnuts and apples, producing olive oil, wine and tsipouro keep the farmers busy the year round. The daily chars of women, kneading and baking bread, preparing trahana, tomato sauce and soap, homemade sweets and liqueur, weaving, embroidering are also shown.

EXHIBITIONS THAT FOLLOW ANNUAL EVENTS

To offer extra stimuli the museum’s director has studied short term exhibitions that follow the annual calendar which are put on show at the entrance of the museum.