The Museum of Folkloric Art
Galata's Museum of Folkloric Art was established in the summer
of 1990 by the -then -Assistant Principal of the School, Mr.
After a great deal of troubles, rushing around, visiting many
villages even up to Pafos, and with the love and contribution
of Galata's inhabitants, he managed to create a beautiful Museum
that was quite rich in exhibits and one of the first in Cyprus.
The Museum's founder declares:
‹‹My ambition was to salvage -as soon as possible -tools,
vessels, garments / attires, furniture, kitchenware, and a
collection of items of everyday use that belong to some other
eras… I was seeing them thrown away and abandoned in yards,
in gardens, and in half-ruined houses, being consumed by the
rain, the rust, and the all-subduing Time. I grieved for them,
I felt for them, I wanted to protect them, to take care of
them, to repair and maintain them, and to place them in a suitable
area so that our souls will kneel before them like before holy
All of the Museum's items, over five hundred of them, are
categorised according to profession. Tools and utilities of
the shepherd, the farmer, the silk-breeder, the builder, the
butcher, the potter, the lumberjack, the wine-shop owner, the
shoemaker, and the carpenter. There's a rich collection of
attires, a large variety of kitchenware, and various furnishings
that you will feel glad to come to and saunter in.
The openings of Galata's F.A. Museum were conducted by the
Minister- at the time -of Education, Mr. Christoforos Christoforou
on the 11/11/1990.
A great benefactor
of the Museum is the dear departed Michalakis Kythreotis,
who "portioned" it
with the amount of 2,000 C.P.
The Museum is open in the morning and in the afternoon.
Excerpts from an article
of Mr. Lakis Fourouklas in the "Proina
Nea" (Morning News) newspaper, 15/9/1990.
……We will now guide you through the Museum's grounds, its
entrance by itself predisposing you for what you will see next.
It is a rather small place that -at a first glance -reminds
you the traditional Cypriot house with all the elements co-existing
in one single room.
The entrance is a traditional, wooden, double door made of
pinewood while the roof is made of reeds resting on wooden
The walls are whitewashed and the whole prevailing atmosphere
reminds you of the old, village houses that -as they say -are
warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Despite the lack of space, Mr. Papadopoulos has managed to
classify the various objects, which are contributions of the
village's inhabitants, into unities that at the same time bond
together with a natural harmony.
So, the tools of the farmer, the shepherd, the builder, the
shoemaker, the silk-breeder, and many others, as well as kitchenware
co-exist in the same area. In a few words, the museum's exhibits
outline the village household from the beginning of the century
Right as you enter
the museum, you will face a "Pouaro" (chest
of drawers) that dates back to 1925 and on your left a teacher's
desk from 1915. Above them there are paintings and kitchen
utensils, some of them dating back to the previous century
and reminding us of other times.
On the right there are -craftily placed -traditional Cypriot
attires, an old sewing machine, as well as a child's bed made
of iron and covered with a white marquisette.
On our left there
are all sorts of objects that are considered necessary in
the traditional Cypriot house such as bread-planks, jugs,
wooden shovels, rakes, demijohns for "Zivania" (strong,
transparent alcoholic beverage), a loom, and other things.
Of course, tools like
the ones of the shoemaker, the plough, the yoke for the horses,
the "adhrakti" (kind
of distaff with blades), the silk-breeder's apparatus, the
spindle, the spinning wheel, and so many others that have
marked the life of our country in the beginning of the century.
And all these housed in a very small area.
For all of the museum's exhibits there is a book where both
the names of the donators as well as the date that the contributions
were made are recorded.