Historical & Folklore Museum – N. Orestiada
After 3 years of restoration and reorganization, the museum opened its doors to the public on Sunday the 2nd of May and is open daily from 10:00 to 13:00 apart from Monday when it is closed.
A new, 2-storey wing of 360m2 has been added to the museum which was founded in 1974. With a total surface area of 585 m2 and a total preservation facelift by specialist in museum studies, ethnology and architecture, the museum is open for business. Several bodies, organizations and institutes with specific mention to the ‘’Stavros Niarchos’’ institute founded this venture, while some of the works were financed by EU programmes.
The new museum is accesible for the disabled. It hosts the history of N. Orestiada, how it was founded as well as moments from the locals’ daily routine offering visitors a journey in time and history. The exhibits that are on display, organized in chapters and multimedia, help the visitor experience Karagats and N. Orestiada.
Cyrilos the 6th heirlooms are some of the most important exhibits hosted in the museum, which until recently were in the Benakis museum. The majority of the exhibits are donated by local people.
From the first moment, the visitor can get information about the recent history of the area as well as the locals’ roots on printed booklets and photographs that are on the walls. On the ground floor of the old wing you can learn about the move of the immigrants and their relocation in N. Orestiada and you can see a carriage loaded with virtually everything the immigrants owned as well as soil that they brought from their unforgettable home towns.
On the ground floor of the new wing, visitors can see traditional carriages and farming tools. Moreover they can watch a documentary about the founding of the new town.
Wandering around the museum visitors can see ecclesiastic heirlooms that are on display on the first floor. They were transported from Karagats and Adrianopolis along with Cyrillos the 6th heirlooms. A bit further in, you come across traditional musical instruments and you can listen to traditional music on the touch screen.
Moreover, there are traditional tools accompanied by information and photos about each one.
Into the next room, we can see traditional costumes of the wider area, a furnished living-room and bedroom. Another touch screen provides the visitor with information about the history of the museum in time.
On the second floor, historical documents concerning the immigrants’ life are on display and also military documents that refer to the participation of the locals to national struggles. Further military equipment is exhibited and you can see personal objects belonging to Spyros Dasios, founder of N. Orestiada.