Mining Museum, Adamas

A visit to the Mining Museum in Adamas should definitely be on the compulsory list. Mining activities on the island of Milos strongly polarise opinion since one side sees in them an important sector of the economy, while the other believes them to be a threat to tourism. Anyone who looks into the issue will hopefully discover a more differentiated picture of the significance of mineral extraction on the island. Because it is responsible both in a negative and positive sense for the image of Milos offered to us today – extensive spoil heaps and lorry traffic on the one hand, a still quite unspoilt and not 100% tourist island on the other. The Milos Mining Museum, “MMM” for short, graphically displays the most varied epochs of mining. You should definitely take the time to watch the videos showing in the basement.

The idea of setting up a museum that deals with the history of mining and the mineral resources extracted on Milos goes back to 1977. The idea was first put into practice in 1988 in the form of a mineral exhibition. Then finally came the construction of the modern Mining Museum in Adamas between 1994 and 1998 and it was opened in May 1998 by the Kyriakopoulos family, the founders of S&B (now Imerys).

Today this modern museum is a non-profit organisation supported by the firm of Imerys which is responsible for the majority of the mining activities on Milos.

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Update 05/20