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Address: The Spathario Shadow Theatre Museum is housed in a neoclassical building in the centre of the town, on Kastalia square (Vas. Sofias & Dimitriou Ralli Street). 151 24 Maroussi.
Contact numbers: (+30 210) 6127245, 6127206 (fax).
URL: http://www.karagiozismuseum.gr/
e-mail : spathario@yahoo.gr & info@karagiozismuseum.gr

The Spathario Shadow Theatre Museum of the Municipalitity of Amaroussion opened in June 1995. The objective of the Spathario Museum is to conserve, protect and promote one of the most important parts of our cultural heritage that represents popular theatre, the Karagiozis shadow theatre.
Visitors to the Spathario Museum are amazed by the colours of the puppets, the cheerful expression of the heroes and the easily perceived humour.

What types of exhibits does the Spathario Shadow Theatre display?
Through the works and puppets displayed at the Spathario Museum, visitors are informed about the history of Shadow Theatre and Greek Karagiozis from 1860 until today. The following are exhibited in the Museum halls:

  • Engraved puppets made of cardboard, which are considered as the most genuine of the art of Greek shadow theatre, tools and accessories used to make the puppets and also sets;
  • Tools and various materials used to make the puppets in chronological order of use, such as puppets made of tin, cardboard, gelatin paper, leather, India ink for colouring etc;
  • Types of lighting for the curtain in chronological order of use (candles, lamp, acetylene etc);
  • Puppets made by Spatharis and other important shadow theatre artists;
  • Special effects (newspaper used to create slap sounds, gymnastics whistles, Karagiozis' incense burner etc) and ways of conveying movement to the puppets;
  • The most representative popular instruments accompanying the Greek Shadow Theatre, as all Karagiozis performances had their own musicians and singer.
  • Spatharis puppets from successful performances and TV series;
  • Puppets made by children showing their love for Karagiozis;
  • Some of the medals and decorations awarded to Evgenios Spatharis both in Greece and abroad for his valuable contribution to this type of theatre.
  • Puppets made to present a picture of the current era and politics in particular, given that comedy and satirical Karagiozis are always contemporary.
  • Finally, one can see representative figures from foreign Shadow Theatres displayed at the Museum.

The Museum provides a guide for visitors (in English and Greek), which includes a lot of useful and detailed historic data on the exhibits displayed in each hall.

Visits – Guided Tours
Since its opening, the Spathario Shadow Theatre Museum welcomes a very large number of visitors.
Most of the visitors are children from kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, from various parts of Greece, which fill the Museum and listen very carefully to the history of Karagiozis, our popular hero. Moreover, besides individual visitors, the Museum is visited by associations, clubs, professional/cultural school (actors, painters, journalists, teachers), organised groups from various parts of the world, artists, researchers, museologists, journalists and students from all over Greece and abroad.

Group visits are guided around the Museum by guides. The education programme, which is adapted according to the group and age of visitors or pupils is entitled “Karagiozis and his friends” and includes the following:

  • Lecture on Karagiozis;
  • Presentation and description of the shadow theatre troupe;
  • Video of a Shadow Theatre performance; 
  • Guided tours around the Museum halls;
  • Performances given by the children themselves so that they can come into contact with the puppets and create their own satirical dialogues;
  • Fabrication of Karagiozis puppets;
  • Game about the Greek Shadow Theatre;
  • Introduction to Greek traditional music and the songs of the popular hero.
  • The educational programme is accompanied by a special presentation that concerns the shadow theatre heroes, with extracts from various performances (Karagiozis the Astronaut, Karagiozis the Butler, Alexander the Great, etc) together with well-known quotations from works by Evgenios Spatharis played by the children themselves.

For foreign visitors, a special documentary has been produced that describes the art and the techniques of the Greek Shadow Theatre.

Opening days & times (visits) for the Spathario Shadow Theatre Museum, Municipality of Amaroussion
A. Winter opening hours (16/9 to 15/6)

Monday to Friday 9:00 – 14:00 and Wednesday afternoon 18.00 – 20.00.

Sunday 10:00 to 13:00.

B. Summer opening hours (16/6 to 15/9)

Monday to Friday 9:00 – 14:00 and Wednesday afternoon 10:00 – 13:00.

Visits to the Spathario Shadow Theatre Museums by schools and organized groups.
Guided tours for schools and other groups are available on opening days and times, after contacting the Museum at +30 210- 6127145+30 210- 6127145 & fax +30 210 – 6127206.

Events organized at the Spathario Shadow Theatre Museum, Municipality of Amaroussion:

  • The Spathario Museum actively participates in the programme of events organized by our Municipality, with Evgenios Spatharis who offers magical performance evenings to our co-citizens of all ages;
  • “Spatharia”, Organisation of an annual Shadow Theatre Festival in September at the “Spathario Theatre” which has been set up in the courtyard of the Spathario Museum; A particularly significant cultural institution that was launched in year 2000 with the participation of important Karagiozis players from Greece and abroad;
  • Presentation of the annual publication of the Spathario Museum Calendar;


The Spathario Shadow Theatre Museum, Municipality of Amaroussion, produces several publications.
As a focal point for people of all ages, the Spathario Shadow Theatre Museum of the Municipality of Amaroussion has published informative material about the Museum.
In particular:

  • A Museum Guide, in Greek and English, which is an invaluable resource for visitors with useful historical data and a detailed description of the exhibits displayed in the halls of the Museum;
  • Postcards, posters and other souvenirs;
  • Collector’s Calendar; an annual publication of a calendar created by Evgenios Spatharis himself;