Development and valorisation of port museums as natural and cultural heritage sites

MUSE: ...

GREECE-ITALY 2014-2020:


The project aims at strengthening the port museum system to enhance cultural and natural heritage for tourism purposes in some areas at high risk of abandonment / depopulation. The port museum is a kind of ”ecomuseum” that enhances the culture of the sea and of fishermen and the related productive activities through a participatory approach involving tourists to make the territories attractive. A new tourism enhancement model is proposed and described in the MUSE project for the cross-border area. This model is based on the historical, natural and cultural heritage and to the local population rather than pleasure boat ports. This network/system involves port museums already created (Tricase) and areas where the natural and cultural heritage linked to the values of port museums exist but are not fully established and developed (Messolonghi and Corfu).

The project will create a cross-border sustainable tourist destination by developing a network of three Port Museums (2 in Greece, 1 in Puglia Region), as three cultural expressions of three different coastal identities joined, however, by a common natural and cultural basis: the sea and local coastal communities. The project objective is to address the absence of efficient cross-border coordination in optimizing the results of tourism exploitation of the natural and cultural heritage. Furthermore, in order to establish the network of Port Museums, MUSE project includes a study and an exchange of best practices activities through live working sessions, firstly through involving actors of the local community and then through cross-border activities. In this way, it responds to the need of exchanging best practices in a cross-border dimension. The network of port museums will be disseminated and promoted via web platform, marketing campaign and, finally, participation to ITB Berlin.


The Municipalities of Tricase and Messolonghi and Kerkyra Port Authority will create a cross-border network of Adriatic-Ionian Port Museums to enhance natural and cultural heritage. The network will be the output of involvement of local communities and tourism stakeholders of project areas. This consultation activity will be performed by CIHEAM BARI in Puglia Region and ERFC in Greece, applying a Port Museum development methodology, based on best practices about eco-museums. In this same activity, 3 studies on cultural identity of each area will be produced by 2 municipalities and the Port Authority. The local consultation consists in a meeting session including 2 focus groups in each area. specific cultural identity, local actors will share their experiences in order to define the identity of the local Port Museum and the services to be developed by it to enhance local cultural and natural heritage. The following session will be a cross-border meeting among representatives of each local “work group” of actors to create a common governance model of an Adriatic-Ionian Port Museums Network. This session will involve the partnership as a whole. The final deliverable will be a “Service Chart of Adriatic–Ionian network of Port Museums” describing a governance model of Port Museum and services. In each of them, starting from best practices and

Municipality of Tricase – IT (Lead partner)

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (CIHEAM IAMB) – IT

European Regional Framework for Cooperation (ERFC) – GR

Municipality of Messolonghi - GR

Port Authority of Corfu - GR



MUSE: Kick-off meeting in Tricase

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MUSE: Local stakeholders meeting - Press conference

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MUSE: Local stakeholders discuss about the port museum of Aetoliko

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MUSE: Press conference in Aetoliko

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MUSE: Video teaser

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MUSE: Cultural identity of Messolonghi-Aetoliko

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