Rethymnon The Historical and Folk Art Museum

The Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymnon

The Rethymnon Historical and Folk Art Museum is a private institution founded in 1973 by Mrs. Faly G. Voyatzakis and the late Christophoros I. Stavroulakis.

The aims of the Foundation are the research and the collection of historical and folklore material from all over Crete and especially the prefecture of Rethymnon, the operation of the Museum and the stimulation of interest in the study of Cretan tradition.

The Museum, which was officially inaugurated in September 1998, is housed in a restored Venetian building, listed by the Ministry of Culture as a historic monument with conservation status, which has been donated by the co-founder and President of the Museum, Mrs. Faly G.Voyatzakis.

Folk Art Museum

Situated in the old town of Rethymnon it constitutes a typical example of an urban dwelling of the last phase of Venetian rule in Crete (late 16th - early 17th century). The restoration of the building was made possible through the Integrated Mediterranean Programme for Crete that financed the project under the aegis of the Greek National Tourism Organisation. Thus a remarkable monument of architecture has been revived, offering an ideal shelter to historical and traditional handicraft collections.

Traditional Cretan Embroidery

The Museum's collections include over 5.000 items that come from donations, purchases and loans. They are displayed in units; Folk Art collections include weaving, basket weaving, embroidery-laces, costumes, ceramics, metal work, traditional cultivations, traditional occupations, while the historical ones include documents, photographs, maps, weapons, banners and coins.

Folklore & History Museum
30, Vernardou Street

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Telephone: 28310-23398

Opening House:
Monday to Friday 09:30 - 14:30 Weekends Closed
3.00 € (half price seniors and students)

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