The Menelaos Parlamas Museum of Rural Life & Theano Metaxa-Kanakaki Weaving Collection, housed in a 19th-century stone-built olive mill and house (donated by the Parlamas family), was founded by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies in 1988.

The Museum Collections are organised thematically (wine press, raki still, oven, agricultural implements, Cretan house, smithy, cooper’s shop, carpenter’s shop, olive mill, weavings and weaving tools), centered around the Cretan countryside and objects dating from the late 19th to the mid-20th century. In 2011, following an extensive renovation and expansion (ROP of Crete), the Museum acquired new weaving wings with textiles from the Theano Metaxa-Kanakaki Collections.

Abundant visual material and digital media offer visitors a wealth of information and documentation on the exhibits. The Museum is accessible to visitors with disabilities and has a small shop, a temporary exhibition room and rest areas.


Pottery Workshops at the Piskopiano Museum of Rural Life

On the last Saturday of each month up to and including October, from 10:30 to 12:30, potter Zacharias Kaliakakis from Thrapsano – the largest potters’ village in Crete – sets up his workshop at the Museum and shares the secrets of his craft with visitors of all ages and nationalities. The potter shapes the clay into various objects for use and guides visitors young and old in creating their own ceramic works. The finished works are fired in the potter’s kiln and given to their makers to decorate as they wish.

* Workshops are free of charge and do not need to be booked in advance.


Saturday 25 May
Saturday 29 June
► Saturday 27 July
► Saturday 31 August
► Saturday 28 September
► Saturday 26 October




Piskopiano Museum of Rural Life
4, Museum of Rural Life Square
Piskopiano, Hersonissos
Crete, Greece
Tel: 28970 23303
Fax: 28970 23334

Period of Operation:

May – October
Opening Hours:
Monday, Wednesday - Saturday
10:00΄ – 18:00΄
Sunday, Tuesday & Public Holidays:

€ 4,00

Concessions [pupils and students (with student cards), over-65s]:
€ 3,00

Children 12 and under:
Admission Free