Athens: Museum of Greek Folk Art

Operated by the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Museum of Folk Art’s collection represents several different aspects of Greek folk art, including shadow theater, embroidery, regional costumes, weaving, folk painting, woodcarving and metalwork. The museum highlights the ways in which different aspects of Greek life were represented and how certain expressions created defining aspects of regional identities. The collection of regional costumes details how one’s attire could communicate social status, age and marital status. Similarly, the different regional dresses can also be seen in the displays of shadow theater, which depict small vignettes that tell stories of both daily life and mythology. These explanations and illustrations of Greek identity from the 17th to the 20th century continues throughout each exhibit.

The museum itself is made up of four buildings:

The Central Building, at 17 Kydathinaion Str., Plaka.;

The Tzisdaraki Mosque, at 1 Areos Str. in Monastiraki Square, housing the folk ceramics collection of V. Kyriazopoulos;

The Bath-house of the Winds, 8 Kyristou str., Plaka. The only remaining Public Baths of Old Athens; and

The Building at 22 Panos str., Plaka, housing the latest permanent exhibition.

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