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The Folk Art Museum
The Historical and Folk Art Museum of Rethymnon provides the visitor with a fascinating insight into the social history of the region. The museum is located in a beautifully restored Venetian town house in the centre of the Old Town—the sympathetic restoration of the house and the garden in itself allows one to visualize what life must have been like for the well-to-do town dweller during the latter half of the seventeenth century. The museum aims to promote and preserve all aspects of the traditional Cretan lifestyle.
On the first floor, along with displays showing arts and crafts of the area—weaving, lace making and pottery and basket making to name just a few— you will find exhibits relating to farming practices and occupations and domestic activities such as copper-smithing and bread making. Many of the displays are accompanied by informative accounts of the historical background and social and religious significance associated with the techniques employed.
On the ground floor there are two new exhibition areas. The first is a recreation of a traditional Cretan shopping street. On display you will find several examples of traditional arts and crafts that have all but died out in modern day Rethymnon. The ethos of the exhibition is to portray Rethymnon as described by renowned local author Pandelis Prevelakis, in his book ‘Tale of a Town’, which was written in 1938.
The exhibition in the second area consists of a historical timeline of life in the area from Minoan Crete up until the end of the Second World War.
Location: M. Vernadou 28-30, Tel: 28310 23398 - Please click here for a map