Greek Folk Art museum in Athens
The Greek Folk Art Museum in Athens, Attica: The Folk Art Museum of Greece is placed in Plaka, Athens. It contains a vast collection of items that date from 1650 until today. The ground floor of the museum contains embroidery items, such as textiles used in different Greek areas to decorate the matrimonial bed. The mezzanine has a pottery collection as well as metal and wooden utensils from all over Greece.
The first floor hosts temporary exhibitions and the works of Theofilos Hatzimihail (1868-1934), a famous Greek painter. The second floor displays ecclesiastical items (crosses, gospels, chalices, etc), folk objects (pieces of weapon, trays, belts, etc) and pieces of women jewelry. The upper floor contains traditional male and female customs from all Greek areas. There are wedding items and daily items of clothing, some plain and others nicely decorated with colorful small stones.
The Folk Art Museum of Greece also hosts a library with 5,000 books and magazines on folk art and ethnology. The museum is frequently visited, especially by school children, and organizes lectures, seminars, pottery classes, festivals, and shadow theatre performances. This particular museum was founded in 1918 and until 1973 it was housed in Tsisdarakis mosque in Monastiraki. Today it belongs to the Greek Ministry of Culture.
Address: Kydathineon 17, Plaka
Phone: (+30) 210 32 13 018