Between the old port and Little Venice, there is an old captain’s house. Whitewashed exterior, brightly colored window frames and a strong wooden door, an entry to another nearly forgotten past.
Time stands still on the inside of this unexpected treasure. Stuffed from floor to ceiling with local art and everyday objects – everything that the people of the island are proud of – this little gem houses the most iconic Folklore Museum of the Cyclades.
The museum volunteers are more than willing to answer any questions and the most interesting fact is that places like this exist not because they were publicly funded or professionally curated, but because there are people who live and breath for their heritage.
The ground floor features rooms decorated with antique furniture of the 19th century. Between the sitting room and bedroom stands my personal highlight, the kitchen. Embroidery everywhere, oil lamps and local artwork which covers the walls. Ceramics line the back wall of the sitting room, plate after plate after plate. There are drawers to pull out and discover the hidden collections of silver votives.
The kitchen feels as if the housewife has just stepped out. There is a window that opens to the Mediterranean blue, letting in the summer breeze. Lots of pots and pans, utensils and brass and a massive hearth to cook meals for the family. Last but not least, a wash basin that looks like as ornate as a Roman wall fountain.
The basement is full of treasures: a left-over from the Venetian fortress that used to be in this very same spot, now named after pirate Mermelechas, model ships and etchings of ships.
Volunteers are an integral part of the museum, they keep this boutique museum wonderfully preserved and well looked after, including ensuring a good welcome to its guests. Spend a couple of minutes to this exquisite gem and keep the flame of our legacy lit.
Keep in mind, this historic house is open from April to October 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. daily except Sundays. Address: : Kastro | Chora, Mykonos, Greece.