The Folklore Museum of Kimi founded in 1981 by the Cultural Association and civilizing Kimi. It is the largest and best organized folklore museum of Evia and one of the best of its kind regional museums of the country. Moreover, he has the character of the city museum.
It is housed in a three-story neoclassical building of the 19th century, located in the center of town, and belonged to the National Bank of Greece which housed for years here in the store.
The museum’s collection, which numbers about 1600 items, apartisthike donations from residents, who have supported and continue to support morally and materially the whole effort of the establishment and operation of the Museum.
The museum has rich collections of objects, which represent the following sectors of folk art: The collections are exhibited in the Museum, 450 sqm, as follows:
On the ground floor is a large room with costumes, uniforms of soldiers of the Balkan Wars, the vestments of St. Nektarios, the sacred utensils, wood carvings, jewelery and ” urban corner ”. Also the hall with household utensils and independent rooms Office with Library and Archives (Photo, Ichothiki, Film) and the photo lab.
Upstairs are the rooms that depict the living room and bedroom in the standard form, the room with the loom and weaving, the three smaller rooms with embroidery and knitting and the hall of the forms and Kimi photos and the life wave benefactor of mankind C. Pap. Upstairs is the storehouse of folklore.
In the basement is the kiroplasteio, the area of laundry and traditional basement with cellar and agricultural tools. Also syntiritirio and cafeteria.
In the museum garden is constructed circular open-air theater of 250 seats, which have been many events such as theater performances, lectures, classical music concerts and artistic Greek song and cinema from the Film Club Association.
In the village of Pyrgos Kimi in private ” House Chrysanthopoulos’ operates the Annex of the Museum, with its collection of popular artist of the 19th century Sotiris Chrysanthopoulos, with the diverse talent in secular and religious work such as: images, murals, reliefs, and the library comprising incunabula editions.
The Museum cooperates on a permanent basis or as appropriate, with Universities, the International Council of Museums (ICOM), Research Centres, Museums like, Libraries. Galleries and private scientists to perform research objectives.
The museum has documented his collection, which preserves scientific. It offers its guests a multilingual informative guide. He has participated in exhibitions and TV shows in Greece and abroad and has significant publishing activity. The museum is visited by many students in organized visits of schools, contributing significantly to the cultural tourism in the region.
The multi-purpose hall, the expansion of the museum, used for lectures, seminars, art exhibitions, adult educational programs, especially students, use necessary and complementary to the Museum’s opening, according to the perceptions of contemporary Museology.
Weaving (mainly gossamer silk and tiriplenia)
Embroidery (mainly koukoularika frames and white embroidery)
Clothing (male-female bridal, party, weekdays)
Folk painting (G.D’Esposito projects Sot. Chrysanthopoulos).