The Folklore Museum of Kymi was founded in 1981 by the Cultural
Association of Kymi. It is the largest and best-organized folklore museum in
Euboea and one of the best regional museums of its kind in Greece. In addition
it also presents the history of the town.
It is housed in its own three-storey neoclassical building of the late 19th
century in the centre of the town, a former property of the National Bank of Greece,
which was its local branch for a number of years.
The nearly 1600 items of the collection of the museum were donated by
the inhabitants of Kymi who have supported all the stages of the establishment and
operation of the Museum.
The Museum exhibits rich collections of items which represent the
following fields of popular art:
Weaving (especially gossamer-thin silk and rep-weave cloth)
Embroidery (mainly cocoon-formed and white embroidery)
Local costume (men's and women's wedding, Sunday and everyday clothes)
Wood carving Painting (works of G. D'Esposito, Sot. Chrysanthopoulos)
The collections are exhibited in the 450-square-metre halls of the
Museum as follows:
On the ground floor is the large room with the costumes, the military
uniforms of the Balkan Wars, Saint Nektarios’ sacerdotal vestments, chalices,
items of carved wood, jewels, and the "urban corner". There is also
a room with household items, and the rooms of the Museum's Office and Library
and the Photography Darkroom.
On the first floor are the rooms that represent a typical dining
room and a sitting room, a room with a loom and hand-woven items, three rooms
with embroidery and knitting work and the room of photos and documents of Kymi
which include those of the locally-born great doctor G. Papanicolaou. The store-house
is on the attic above this floor.
In the basement is the wax works, a room for the washing, and the
traditional underground cellar with the farmer's tools. The maintenance room
and the cafe are also there.
In the garden of the Museum, a 250-seat circular open-air theatre was built,
where a lot of cultural activities have been held, such as plays, lectures, classical music and Greek song concerts,
as well as the regular film shows of the Film Club of the Association.
At the nearby village of Pyrgos, the Chrysanthopoulos' Mansion
houses a Branch of the Museum with the collection of the 19th century naive artist Sotiris Chrisanthopoulos,
a man of many talents with works in religious icons, wall paintings, wood and
stone-carvings, and his library of very old books.
The Museum cooperates on a regular basis or on call, with Universities,
the International Council of Museums (ICOM), Research Centres, other Museums
of its kind, Libraries, Galleries and individual scientists to further its research
The Museum has documented its collection of exhibits, which are
scientifically maintained. It offers visitors a multi-lingual guide. It has
participated in exhibitions and television programmes in Greece and abroad and
has also considerable publishing work. It is regularly visited by students in
organized school visits, contributing so in the cultural tourism of the area.
The expansion of the Museum is programmed through the construction
of a large hall, which will be used for lectures, seminars, art exhibitions,
educational programmes for adults and mainly stundents, activities which are
considered necessary for the operation of a Museum, according to the concepts
of contemporary Museology.