"Folklife and Ethnological Museum of Macedonia" Folklife and Ethnological Museum of Macedonia-Thrace Tip by dimilag


The Museum owes its existence to the Macedonian Educational Association
(Constantinople 1871-1922, Thessaloniki 1924 and on). In 1931 the President
if the Association, proposed the creation of a "folklore section" and began to collect and assemble material. The result was the Folklife Museum of Northern Greece, which was founded in 1957 as a private entity. In 1970 the Folklife and Ethnological Museum of Macedonia was founded as a public entity and in 1971 it was placed under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture. The three-storey building then known as the "Old Governor's House" was ceded to the institution and the M.E.A made over its collection to the new Museum, which was inaugurated in 18/2/1973.

The building in which the Museum is housed was designed and built for banker
Yako Modiano by architect Eli Modiano. It is a fine example of the eclectic style,
with obvious French influences, its most striking feature being a two-storey loggia
on the western side facing the sea. In 1913 it was bought by the state, made over to
the royal family and used as the residence of the Governor-General of Macedonia.
Later, it housed the Military Medical School and the Theological Seminary. When in 1970 the use of the building was made over to the Museum, the work of repair and conservation and of the creation of exhibition areas was promptly set in hand, in accordance with plans designed by Professor Nikolaos Moutsopoulos of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 1980 the building and its courtyard were declared listed monuments. The Museum's collections (gifts and purchases) today include more than 20.000 items, mostly from Macedonia and Thrace: local costumes and jewellery, textiles, embroideries, tools and utensils in all sorts of materials, furniture, traditional musical instruments, traditional shadow theater figures and sets - tangible mementoes of everyday life.

Address: 68 Vas.Olgas Str. 546 42 Thessaloniki
Directions: 2km S of White Tower. Buses 3, 5, 6, 8, 33, 78
Phone: 0030 2310 889840, 830591
Website: http://www.lemmth.gr/c/portal_public/layout?p_l_id=1.1&p_p_id=LATEST_NEWS&p_p_action=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&setlanguage=en_US

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