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The Museum

κεντρική είσοδος του Εθνολογικού Μουσείου Θράκης

My interactive relationship with the traditional world of Thrace, led me to founding the museum.

The Museum’s aim is to preserve and promote what is most authentic, most original in Thrace: the self-expression of the ethnic groups who made their home in the area. I want to believe that the ethnological and historical exhibits of the EMT, which have been collected with great effort over a long period of time, preserve local history and tradition as part of a force that not only looks back to the past but also helps shape the future.

The Ethnological Museum of Thrace was founded with the purpose of preserving historical memory in the wider region of Thrace and is a self-funded organization. Since 1899 it has been operating in Alexandroupolis in a leased, stone-built neoclassical building that dates from 1899.

The Museum is open for the public since October 2002. It was self financed project and at times sponsored by the Stauros Niarhos Foundation and the Ministry of Culture.

Τhe Ethnological Museum of Thrace is a living cell where people can learn about the folk culture and the customs of Thrace, a place that will connect tradition and the memory contained within it with the concerns of modern society.

The purpose of the museum is to study, project, and promote the Thracian culture. The Museum is aims for its place to be a motive for re-evaluation of tradition.The exhibits where organized in such a way so that the visitor can form a full picture of the traditional way of life in Thrace, especially in the North Evros prefecture from the late 17th century to the early 20th century.

  • Ground flour 161,4 square feet
  • Basement 130,5 square feet
  • Ancillary building 35 square feet

In the inner yard of the house the museum create a relaxing café with aromatic herbal teas and traditional sweets and the gift shop with mementos from Thrace.

The museums collection is comprise out of objects, archives with documents and pictures, recordings, videos, and the library. Inside the museum there are in display over 500 objects from the museums collection.

The chair of the Museum Board
Angeliki Giannakidou