Historical and Folklore Museum

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Historical and Folklore Museum

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.

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.