The Rooftile and Brickworks Museum opened its doors to the public in 2007. It is housed in the N. & S. Tsalapatas Rooftile and Brickworks Factory, in Volos. It functions under the responsibility of the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation, and will continue to do so for a period of fifty years since its establishment.
The Tsalapatas Rooftile and Brickworks Factory
The N. & S. Tsalapatas Rooftile and Brickworks Factory was founded in 1926. Its total area covered 22,000m2 (236,806ft2, or approximately 5,44 acres) and the installed power of its equipment was 300HP. It was an important productive unit, whose products were known throughout Greece. During the peak of its activity, it employed 250 people.
Up to 1978, when it stopped operating, the fires of the famous Ηοffmann kiln went cold only during the German Occupation (1940-1944), and twice more during the devastating earthquakes of 1954-56 that shook Volos.
The transformation of the factory into a museum
In 1995, the Municipality of Volos bought the complex in the context of the URBAN Programme.
Over the period 1998-2001, the factory's buildings were rehabilitated, with a view to creating a multipurpose cultural venue.
In 2004, the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation accepted the undertaking of creating a model Rooftile and Brickworks Museum in the factory's main facilities (5,000m2, or 53,820 ft2).
The project was completed in 2006.
Today, the Rooftile and Brickworks Museum constitutes a strong cultural pole of attraction, contributing to:
Notia Pyli (South Gate), GR-38334 Volos
Telephone: (+30) 24210 29844
Fax: (+30) 24210 31160
From March 1st through to October 15th:
Closed on: Tuesdays, January 1st, Good Friday (until 12 noon), (Greek Orthodox) Easter Sunday, May 1st, September 14th (local patronal feast), August 15th, December 25th and 26th.
Standard entrance fee: € 3,00
Concessionary ticket: € 1.50. Please, see here.
Free admission: Please, see here.
Days of free admission:
May 18th (International Museum Day)
June 5th (World Environment Day)
Last weekend in September (European Heritage Days)
-By public transport (KTEL buses) to the town of Volos.
-By car, via the Athens-Volos National Highway and, once in town, by following the special road signs.
For better service, it is recommended to give the Museum advance notice of group visits.
If you are a teacher and would like to schedule either a visit or the participation of your school in an educational programme, please contact the Museum.
After scheduling your visit, download the application form for an educational pack, which will be sent to your school free of charge.
Admission for disabled visitors is free. For group visits, it is necessary to notify the Museum in advance.
Amateur photography or video filming is permitted. Professional/commercial photography or filming is strictly prohibited without prior special permission from PIOP. Application for special permit.
Application for photography permission
Application for film-video permission
The Museum's premises can host academic, artistic and other events - activities, following the prior authorization of the request by PIOP.
Please fill in the Licence to Use the Premises