The Folklore Museum of Agios Nikolaos
The museum was established in 1985 by the Cultural Association of Eastern Crete and is housed on the ground floor of the Port Authority building, one of the oldest buildings in town, which is located by the lake.
There are many displays of traditional Cretan handicrafts, unique to the region such as textiles, woven goods and embroidery of intricate detail and imaginative designs. A model of a traditional Cretan house, equipped with household goods and cooking implements has also been set up here. Books, manuscripts, old photographs, paintings, weapons, coins, multi-colored woven rugs and examples of traditional Cretan costumes complete the collection. These items have been donated to the Folklore Museum in recognition of the valuable role it plays in the preservation and display of the rich traditional heritage of everyday life in Crete.
A visit to the Folk Art Museum will help you to become familiar with the sort of work and activities the people of this area had in the old days. The Museum houses a rich and beautiful collection of hundreds of genuine samples of Cretan popular art and mainly hand woven and embroidered pieces, some of which are unique. There are some, interesting Byzantine icons to be seen, a complete series of wooden carved small objects, Cretan costumes, household articles, handicrafts, and some old manuscripts and books. The Museum also houses two private collections kindly offered by two well known people of this area.
Folklore Museum of Agios Nikolaos
2, Kondylaki Street (opposite the bridge)
Map of Folklore Museum
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 14:00 Mondays Closed