The Menelaos Parlamas Museum of Rural Life was founded by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies (SCHS) in 1988. It is housed in a restored 19th-century stone-built olive mill (fabrika) in the traditional village of Piskopiano, 3 km south of Limin Hersonissou.
The olive mill was donated to the Society of Cretan Historical Studies by Menelaos G. Parlamas, President of the SCHS for over forty years. In the 1990s the building acquired another level, which is now used as a multi-purpose room (for temporary exhibitions, educational programmes, seminars and talks). Following the donation by Liana Parlama of the adjoining house, and with funding from the Regional Operational Programme of Crete, a modern museum environment was created, which, together with the restored olive mill, now functions as a unified exhibition space measuring approximately 500 sq.m. In 2011 the Museum was renamed the Menelaos Parlamas Museum of Rural Life and Theano Metaxa-Kanakaki Weaving Collection. In the olive mill are presented the pre-industrial professional, farming and everyday occupations of rural inhabitants, with objects dating from the late 19th to the mid-20th century, all collected by SCHS founders Andreas G. Kalokerinos and Menelaos G. Parlamas.
The Museum has also been enriched by the donation of textiles from the collection of Theano Metaxa-Kanakaki, exhibited in the new wing. The Museum collections are accompanied by abundant visual material and modern digital media, allowing visitors to access extra information and documentation on each exhibition unit. The Museum is fully accessible to visitors with disabilities and has a small shop in the reception area. In the outdoor areas of the Museum, Cretan flowers, plants and herbs – in early modern or reused pots from local workshops – present a picture of Cretan flora, while visitors can enjoy the panoramic view of Hersonissos Bay from the veranda.
|Monday||10.00 - 18.00|
|Wednesday||10.00 - 18.00|
|Thursday||10.00 - 18.00|
|Friday||10.00 - 18.00|
|Saturday||10.00 - 18.00|