The Folklore Museum of Samothrace is located in Chora and it is housed in a traditional building of the 19th century, next to the Church of the Assumption. The building was donated to the Municipality of Samothrace by Greek-American Demetrios Asdranias in 1952.
On the ground floor of the museum you will see the paraphernalia of "Kechagias” (the stock breeder), various agricultural tools, tools for the processing of thread and a traditional loom. On the first floor you can see a representation of a household of Samothrace with the open plan room which housed the kitchen, the living room and the bedroom. Among others, you will see the "mesandra" (wardrobe) of the early 20th house of Samothrace and the "marchamades" (silk and cotton woven towels) which decorated the walls.
In the kitchen you can see the fireplace, the “sofras” (low table) and everything a housewife needed in order to prepare food. In the living room there is a wooden sofa and a table (furniture that existed only in wealthy houses) and an iron bed covered with a silk rug. These are elements that appeared in Samothrace during the interwar period.
The Folklore museum also houses a collection of local costumes. The male costume consists of “tsirvoulia” or “tsarouhia” (type of shoe with pointy nose, covered by a large woolen pompon), traditional breeches, a shirt, a vest, an “Aba” (jacket) and the cap. The female costume is very simple but beautiful. It is comprised of a blue or red or green simple skirt with a belt with silver buckles and a white handkerchief for the head which looked like a veil that fell on the back and on the shoulders.
The collection of the museum also includes beautiful chests and decorative plates from Asia Minor, wool rugs and cotton bedding. It also includes a wooden iconostasis of the early 20th century with rare icons of the last century from the island's churches.
The Folklore Museum is open in the summer months, daily 08:00 - 14:00 & 17:30 - 23:45.