Anthropological and Folklore Museum (Ptolemaida)

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View of the unfinished museum

The Anthropological and Folklore Museum was established in 1997 by the Municipality of Ptolemaida. It was initially housed in a ground-floor shop at 19 Nosokomeiou St. During 2000 it is due to be installed in a new building especially built for this museum.

The nucleus of the museum display is the folklore material collected by a teacher named Georgios Kolitsis in 1981 in the area of Eordaia, on behalf of the Ptolemaida Nature Club. Once the museum had opened, the folklore collection was supplemented with new exhibits, some of which are on display and others in storage in view of the impending move to new premises. The exhibits at present include local costumes from Western Macedonia, household utensils, agricultural implements, ornamental objects, tools of various trades, old coins, needlework, and embroidered and woven fabrics.

The palaeontological collection includes tusks of mammoths (Palaeoloxos antiquus and Archidiskodon), the lower jaw of a hippopotamus, and gastropods and starfish 70–80,000,000 years old. There is also a display of twenty types of rock (granite, quartz, and so on) in both a rough and a processed state.

The museum has included an art gallery since January 1998. Within the first year, it collected and exhibited 300 works by such well-known Greek painters as Moralis, Mytaras, Pandaleon, Fassianos, Karavouzis, Malamos, Angelou, Tetsis, Botsoglou, Metaxas, Papaspyrou, Haros, Kioussis, and Vakirdzis, as also 50 works (oils, engravings, and pastels) by Pavlos Moskhidis.

In its new premises, the museum will also have a teratological section.[1][2]

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