The Open-Air Water Power Museum in Dimitsana (Peloponnese) is a thematic museum centered on the significance of hydraulic power in traditional societies as their main source of energy for the production of various goods. The Museum opened in 1997 after ten years of restoration work and is the first open air museum in Greece. It displays fully restored pre-industrial milling installations which operated from the 16th to mid 20th century. Dimitsana’s ability to make gun powder made so important during the Greek Revolution of 1821 that its citizens were exempt from fighting. The museum is also a good starting point for several hiking routes down to the Lousios Gorge.
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