MUSE Project

The overall objective of Muse project is developing, enhancing and linking port museums as natural and cultural heritage sites.

The Port-Museum is a dynamic place of research, collection, exchange and deepening of knowledge linked to the traditions of the sea and of coastal communities.

Muse project has a clear strategy, based on the involvement of local stakeholders: fishermens, carpenters, cookers, local associations that through their “day-to-day” work, preserve over the time the traditional lifestyle of the maritime community.

The concept of ‘port museum’ was born from the idea of investing in culture and nature to guarantee the social and economic sustainable development in coastal and marine areas, starting from the Apulian regional legislation (regional law n. 15 of the 6th July 2011) and the experiences of “eco museums” in many European countries.

Together with local community, MUSE project aims to build and strenght an Adriatic – Ionian network of Ports Museum; it includes the port museum already created (in Tricase, Italy) and areas where the natural and cultural heritage linked to the values of port museums exist but are not fully established and developed in Corfu and Messolonghi, in Greece.

Lead Partner of the project is the Municipality of Tricase; the project partners are CIHEAM BARI, the Municipality of Messolonghi, the Port Authority of Corfu and the European Regional Framework for Cooperation (ERFC-Greece).

Port Museum Network

The Ionian – Adriatic network of Ports Museum TRICASE-CORFU-MESSOLONGHI/AITOLIKO aims to create a cross-border sustainable tourist destination as three cultural expressions of three different coastal identities joined by a common cultural basis, namely the sea and local communities, exploiting potential efficiency of resources of the involved area.

The Network of Port Museums is a new and innovative way to contribute to the development of local economy in a sustainable vision.  Since the big enterprises of international tourism but also the identity of a cross-border area are directly expressed and enhanced by the local communities involved in MUSE project activities, this network consists the real “engine” of economy for the area.

Aitoliko / Messolonghi




The Municipality of Tricase the Leader Partner of the Project MUSE is a town and comune in the province of Lecce, part of the Apulia region of south-east Italy. It is located in the Salento traditional Region.

CIHEAM Bari is a Centre for post-graduate training, applied scientific research and design of in loco partnership actions within the framework of international research and cooperation programmes.

Messolonghi is one the most historical places in the country. The distinguished and popular poet, Kostis Palamas, in his poem “Glory in Messolonghi” praises the history of this place.

Corfu Port Authority (CPA) is a shareholder’s company whose sole shareholder is the Greek state. CPA has in its jurisdiction all the ports of Corfu island.

ERFC,  aims at serving as a best example of bottom up Institution Building effort towards EU Integration and regional competitiveness.