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:
Tsalapata Complex-South Gate,
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: € 4,00
Concessionary ticket: € 2,00. 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)
Get your tickets on line
-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.
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
Strictly necessary cookies are of central importance for the proper operation of the website, allowing you to navigate and use its functions, such as access to safe sites or use of your shopping basket. These cookies do not recognise your individual ID. Without them we are unable to offer effective operation of our website.
Web analytics cookies are provided by Google Inc. These cookies allow the officer responsible to monitor and analyse the behaviour of users at the website with which they are linked. The information collected via this type of cookie is used to measure activity at the website, platform or application, and to process the browsing profile of users of this website, platform or application, in order to make improvements based on the analysis of user data. Web analytics cookies are anonymous, and so there is no capability to establish users' ID or to identify users navigating the site from different browsers and appliances. These cookies may also be used to offer customised advertising to each user. If a user deactivates the web analytics cookies all events at Google Analytics are blocked and therefore no information is collected about the user's subsequent actions on the site. Deactivating web analytics cookies, even when advertising cookies have been accepted, will mean that the user will not be able to see advertisements over Google's network, since advertisements are always linked to web analytics cookies.
Use of these cookies allows us to show / send advertisements to users on and off our website. They store information about users' behaviour based on their actions at our site and may be used jointly with our partners to send / show advertisements and offers related to the interests and preferences of Internet users, to measure the effectiveness of advertising, to measure the productivity of our external partners and reward them, and to limit the frequency of advertisements. Capability to access advertisements over the Google network requires that web analytics cookies are not deactivated. If web analytics cookies are deactivated no information is collected and you cannot participate in any list for targeted remarketing advertisements. If you do keep web analytics cookies activated but do not activate advertisement cookies, Google Analytics collects information about your visit to our website but does not include you in remarketing lists and you cannot see any remarketing advertisements. Google Analytics does not function retroactively. This means that if your navigation at the website begins with the advertising cookies on, you will participate in advertisement groups depending on your visits during the time the cookies are activated. When you choose to deactivate them, information is no longer collected from the website and no advertisement will be shown again. This will start applying as of the moment you choose to deactivate and thereafter. It means that for some time you will continue seeing advertisements, which however will relate to the period when the cookies were still activated; it is in this context that information based on which advertisements are shown later is drawn.