The Folklore Museum in Apiranthos Naxos: The Naxos Folk Art Museum is located in the picturesque village of Apiranthos. It was initially established in 1966 and was renovated in 1987. It covers three rooms and is designed to look like the exact interior of a village house as it was in the 18th and early 19th century. It houses all kinds of folk items, including clothes, utensils, tools, traditional weavings, and other interesting objects.
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The museum contains the artwork of the Apiranthos women whose work resulted in krevataria, a weaving that consists of 153 pieces and which was used to cover the bed. What makes this a great and admirable item is that even if one piece of the weaving is missing, then it cannot be complete since it contains combs, warps and other things that make it extremely complex.
Among the other exhibits at the museum, the noteworthy ones include traditional musical instruments like the doubaki and the tsabouna as well as kitchen grinders called the pipperolou, meat grinders and the siphoni that were used to store wine in. Visiting this museum is like walking back in time into the houses of the locals.
How to get there
The Folk Art Museum is located in Apiranthos village.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Naxos transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 22850 25835, 0030 22850 24829 or book your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car in Naxos with as little as 15 euros per day and pick it up directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover the Folk Art Museum and many other places of interest in Naxos at their own pace.
Public transfers: The central bus station of the island is located at the port of Naxos. There are several buses from Chora to Apiranthos during the day. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.