The Folk Museum of Samothrace is situated in Chora, right next to the Church of the Assumption. It shows the occupations and way of life of the old inhabitants of the island. It is hosted in a beautiful traditional house dating from the 19th century and it was inaugurated in 1985. The initiative belonged to the Cultural Association of Samothrace and it had the support of the Municipality and of the inhabitants of the island, who donated the objects that you can admire today.
The ground floor exhibits tools which were characteristic for the people occupations – a loom, farming equipment or tools used by the stock breeders.
The first floor is dedicated to presenting a typical Samothracian household, with its bedroom, living and kitchen, all exhibited in the same space. The iron bed of 1929, covered with a silk bedspread draws the attention. The living room only existed in the houses of the rich people and it has a wooden coffee table and a sofa with decorative pillows. The kitchen corner has a fireplace and a low wooden table calles sofras, which exhibits the cooking vessel.
The wooden cupboard called mesandra dates from the beginning of the 20th century and it's characteristic for the households of Samothrace.
The walls and the furniture are decorated with embroideries and cotton or silk towels called marchamades. The shelves and the closets exhibit plates and vases. The cases where once the clothes were kept and the decorative vases me from Asia Minor. The collection also includes silk fabrics, woolen rugs, bed sheets and the religious icons which were always hanged on the walls of the houses.
There is also a folk costume collection. The women costume is simpler and the men's one is more complex. The women used to wear a long blue, red or green skirt, a silver buckle belt, a blouse and a long white veil, worn on the back, covering their hair. The men wore tight pants (vraka), belt (znar), pointed shoes with woolen pompom (tsirvoulia), socks (kaltsoun), skirt (pkamisou), vest (gileki), jacket (abba) and hat (skoufo).
The old photos hanged on the wall stand prove for the old life of the people in Samothrace.
The Folk Museum can be visited in the summer months, in the morning and in the evening hours.
The ticket price is 1 Euro.
Phone: (+30) 255 104 1227
Maria Ververi's Collection
In summer you can also visit a private folk collection which belongs to Maria Ververi. She lives in Germany but every year she returns to her island. The house is situated in Chora, on one of the streets behind the citadel. Just take the road between the Cafe Pyrgos and the other houses and follow the red arrows. The collection is on the second street to the right, somewhere at the middle and the access is free.
Phone: (+30) 697 303 6229
Note: for the moment, due to the COVID-19 pandemy, the collection can't be visited anymore.