Chania Folklore Museum

Location: Town

In the heart of the Old Town, right next to the Catholic Church of Chania, you will find the Folklore Museum. It is hosted in a small - yet warm - house and it includes a wide, organized collection of various traditional items that represent how locals lived during the 18th and 19th Century in Crete. The house is divided into different rooms depending on the subject in which it is centered, whether it is the kitchen, the bridal bedroom or the traditional living room where the engagement used to take place.

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The Museum was founded in 1990 by Aspasia Bikaki and Irini Koumandraki in Chalidon Street. These two women traveled in the Cretan Villages in order to gather several folklore exhibits such as embroidery, textiles, lace, handicrafts, and agricultural tools for the Museum.

Thanks to the exhibits, visitors can witness the way people used to do their daily agricultural tasks, which were commonly plowing, sowing, harvesting and threshing. There are also some big wax dolls that wear traditional clothes, old cooking utensils and furniture, along with machines for the raw material process like silk or wool. In some of the embroideries, you can even see daily-life representations too.

Another impressive feature of the Folklore Museum is a room that resembles a cellar, where pots for raki making are placed and of course, some representations for the treading of the grapes before the wine-making process.

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