Camera Museum - Taki Aivali

The Museum of Cameras - Taki Aivali was inaugurated in March 2013. The collection mainly includes the evolution of the cameras of the twentieth century that was aimed mainly at the amateur user.
It hosts the personal collection of the well-known photographer Takis Aivali, which is characterized as the largest private collection of cameras in the world, as it has more than 1000 cameras.

Takis Aivalis started his collection when his father, coming from America, gave him a small 1923 Kodak 1A pocket camera as a gift. As the years passed, his collection increased and in 1967 he had more than 300 cameras - of which six are aerial photographs - which he bought at low prices from New York antique shops, since in those years they were not considered collectibles. He continued to buy cameras from around the world, from various companies, along with aerial cameras used in the past by the US military, to create maps or photograph entire areas.

In 2001 the collection won a place in the Guinness Book of Records and today one can admire it by visiting this special museum in Mystras All the machines in the Museum are used with the appropriate certificate, except for a few exceptions that were bought new. Among the cameras are names such as: Kodak, Agfa, Argus, Coronet, Zeiss Ikon, Bilora, Dacora, Minotta, Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Polaroid, Zenit etc. The visitor can also see wooden cameras, negatives, lenses, accessories, as well as books on the art of photography.