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Everyday life in old Corfu

Everyday life in old Corfu

The Folklore Museum of Central Corfu is open every day (from May until October) except Mondays, from 9:30 am until 2:00 pm (tel: 26610-54962)

This folk culture museum has been open to the public for many years in the village of Sinarades, 14 kms away from Corfu Town. The founder and president of the Historical and Folklore Association of Central Corfu is Nikolaos Paktitis, a retired teacher, who has been a folklore enthusiast since the age of 30. This passion for history resulted in the creation of the Folklore Association, whose main aim is the collection and promotion of anything associated with Corfu’s folk tradition.

The Historical and Folklore Museum of Central Corfu opened its doors to the public in August 1982 in the traditional village of Sinarades, which is 14 km away from Corfu Town whereas since 1985 it has been housed in a private two-storey mansion. An external stone-built staircase leads us to the first floor of the house ending up in a “bontzo” (patio). This floor recreates a common rural household and the way it evolved in a century (1869-1960) in the villages of central Corfu.

The house consists of a "portigo" (entrance), a kitchen, a dining room, a hallway and a bedroom. The rooms include furnishing and utensils. On the left side of the first floor an interior staircase leads to the next floor which houses a library an archive of old documents and some smaller collections. After a couple of steps, there is a larger room which includes the following culturally significant items:

1) Traditional Corfiot costumes and musical instruments

2) Agricultural tools

3) Quern and “moutzouri” (oil measure)

4) Lamps

5) Measures – Weighs – Balances

6) Shoe-making workshop

7) Corfu ceramics

8) Fishing collection

9) Children’s corner

10) Household and craft equipment

The Folklore Museum of Central Corfu is open every day (from May until October) except Mondays, from 9:30 am until 2:00 pm (tel: 26610-54962).

 
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