THE FOLKLORE MUSEUM
The Skopelos Folklore Museum, where physical evidence of the land are found, was founded with an aim to project the cultural richness of the island and create a spiritual core equal to the traditions and its history.
The building which houses the Folklore Museum was donated in 1991 by the Nikolaidis family to the Municipality of Skopelos.
The old building was built in 1795 and maintained up to 1963, when the first and second floors collapsed due to earthquakes. The foundations of the building were re-built in 1971 based on the plans of the old building and it took the form it has today, maintaining all the internal and external characteristics of the traditional style of the settlement, which has been legally deemed as listed.
The Folklore Museum of Skopelos opened its doors to the public in August 1992, giving back life to the old mansion of the previous century.
April - Sep 31
The Folklore Museum of Skopelos does not operate due to maintenance repairs.
Text for Skopelosweb.gr by Mrs. Anthi Valsamaki
COLLECTIONS OF THE FOLKLORE MUSEUM OF SKOPELOS
The collections of the Folklore Museum of Skopelos include series of icons, embroidery, paintings, ceramics, black and white photographs, traditional costumes, tools, woodcrafts etc.
Most of these items are offerings of Skopelos residents, but also of the Nikolaidis family. Apart from the numerous single items, care was taken to set off the presence and operation of folklore workshops on the island. The material collected is enough to represent folklore and traditional workmen, who created the history of folk art on the island through their course.
On the first floor there is a ceramics collection of the well-known Rodios family. The pots of these artisans are usually archaic-looking, made from Skopelos clay, which turns dark when it is baked.
On the second floor, the visitor will see a collection of knives and tools from the workshop of Mparmpa Giannis Lemonis, the well-known knife-maker. You can marvel at the famous hand-made knives, with their handles made from animal horns, engraved with quatrains similar to those Seferis the poet dedicated to him.
The collectons on the second floor are enriched by the unique works of Triantafyllos Mpountalas, the well-known miniaturist shipbuilder. His adept hands created a series of trawlers, barques, light fast sailing boats, varkalas and tsernikia. Finally, the visitor will have the chance to marvel at the impressive recreation of the tarsanas, the traditional shipyard of Skopelos, also a work of Triantafyllos Mpountalas.