kythnos island

Folklore Museum of Dryopida

The Folklore museum of Kythnos opened in 1993 in the picturesque village of Dryopida and has been renovated in 2012. Thanks to the initiative of the Dryopidean Association, the museum operates in a traditional old residence, located near the church of Agioi Apostoloi. The house was donated by the family of Frangiskos Veros, and is the combination of two seperate houses. The museum exhibits objects of the folklore culture of the island. All objects are from the everyday life of the island's inhabitants, such as furniture, traditional costumes, utensils and tools, woven fabrics and more.

On the ground floor the visitor will see agricultural tools, formerly used by the inhabitants of the island, as well as traditional costumes, weaved clothes, equipment of the weaving room and the room where the fabrics were woven. On the first floor the space has been designed to present in original way a traditional house and includes a hall, a kitchen and a bedroom with traditional local furniture and decoration.

Opening season: April to October
Opening hours: Daily 7pm - 12 pm.
The timetable might change at the beginning of the tourist season.

Folklore Museum of Chora

In Messaria, as it is called by the Kythnians, another folklore museum is hosted. Walking along the street with the shops, restaurants and cafés you will find the Folklore Museum of Messaria that has impressive exhibits from the life of Kythnos from the old days. The museum is housed in a traditional residence of the time, consisting of 3 small rooms. Within these we find agricultural tools, kitchen supplies and other everyday utensils, traditional costumes and a bedroom decorated for the wedding night, dominated by the large metal bed full of the bride's dowry.

Opening season: April to October
Opening hours: Daily 7pm - 12 pm.
The timetable might change at the beginning of the tourist season.

Ecclesiastical & Byzantine Museum

The Ecclesiastical and Byzantine Museum of Kythnos is housed in the picturesque village of Dryopida. It is located in the church of Agios Georgios in an area designed exclusively for the operation of this museum, at the initiative of Father Konstantinos Gonidis. In the Ecclesiastical Museum several ecclesiastical exhibits of the Byzantine period can be seen.

Opening season: April to October
Opening hours: Daily 9am - 2pm & 7pm - 12 pm.

Archaeological Museum of Kythnos

The newly established museum will start operating between 2017 and 2018. The museum holds special interest for visitors because it exposes objects that will be shown for the first time from the excavations conducted in the years 1990-2009.

Among the exhibits are statues, pottery and tools that have been discovered in recent excavations at the archaeological sites of the island (Vryokastro, Mandraki, Maroulas, Castle of Oria, Skouries, Kastellas etc.) and cover the chronological period from Mesolithic to the Early Cycladic,the Archaic times, the Classical times, the Hellenistic Times and the Roman.

For more information, please contact the Municipality of Kythnos at +30 22813 61100.