Historical and Folklore Museum of Aegina
In the heart of the city of Aegina, in a beautiful neoclassical building of 1828, is housed the Historical and Folklore Museum of the island.
As Aegina has a long history, it makes sense for such a museum to be of special interest to visitors, who shall get a good taste of how the everyday life of the island’s inhabitants was two centuries ago. Once the residence of the family of Panagis Iriotis, a lecturer of literature, archeologist, folklorist and for many years Director of the Secondary School of Aegina, this particular museum was bequeathed to the Municipality of Aegina by his daughter, Polymnia Iriotou Thomakou. Since October 2007, it hosts a rare collection of historical and traditional objects and archival documents .
What to see in the Folklore Museum of Aegina
On the ground floor you will admire the representation of the Aeginean “Village House” with objects of everyday life and agricultural tools and the “Fisherman’s House” with fishing tools and miniatures models of different types of caiques. The ground floor with its beautiful courtyard serves as a Cultural center, since it occasionally hosts exhibitions, theatrical performances and other cultural events.
On the 1st floor there is a faithful representation of the “Urban Aeginean House”. In the space are displayed furniture, relics, the library and the correspondence log of the Iriotis family, paintings, traditional and urban costumes and various decorative objects. Historical and folklore exhibits, when displayed as a whole, can carry you magically to a different era making you feel the daily rhythm of the locals’ life in the past century.
Bonus info: The Folklore Museum of Aegina operates with the support of the Association “Friends of the Historical & Folklore Museum of the Municipality of Aegina”. The building suffered great damage from the earthquake of 1981, but it was soon restored thanks to the valuable help of its supporters and through donations, exhibitions, events and bazaars organized for this purpose. The Association “Friends of the Historical & Folklore Museum of the Municipality of Aegina” is endeavoring to continuously enrich the collections of the Museum through donations of Aegineans and friends of Aegina.
Admission: 2 €
The museum is on the first floor. Entrance from the courtyard.