The museums of Gythio bring forth the rich culture and history of this beautiful and picturesque town and preserve an interesting collection of findings and treasures. The strong earthquake buried the largest part of Gythio town and now many archaeological findings from there are brought to light. The most important is the small Roman theater which was built during the Christian times.
Today, the Archaeological Museum of Gythio is a great place that provides a real insight into the Archaic period. The works in the museum attract many visitors and archaeologists including ceramics, staties, and other findings. It also offers a great material of Gythio town during the Roman times, when the area was considered an important commercial center.
Of unique interest is the Historical and Ethnological Museum of Mani presenting in great detail the history and tradition of this fortified town. The exhibition is hosted in a three-storey tower, one of the most characteristic houses that belonged to Tzanetakis family, one of the wealthiest families in Mani. It offers superb views to the sea and the green surrounding.
The Historical and Ethnological Museum of Mani is housed in Tzanetakis Tower on Kranae islet. The exhibits of the museum inform us about the long history and tradition of Mani. The tower has three floors and the first one hosts the observations of some Western travelers on Mani.
The Archaeological Museum of Gythio is currently placed in the old building of Parthenagogeio. Some of its main exhibits are graven inscriptions belonging to the archaic period, ceramic statues from the Roman age and other findings that show the commercial power of Gythio in ancient times.