Paphos Ethnographic Museum

The Paphos Ethnographic Museum is a private museum owned by the Eliades family. The exhibits collected in it relate to the history, culture, and folklore art of Cyprus, in particular the Paphos region.

 

Paphos Ethnographic Museum outsideThe Ethnographic Museum is a private museum that opened in 1958 and consists of the collection of the late George Eliades - an intellectual who had an interest in archaeology, history, folk art, and literature, and collected art treasures from the countryside of Cyprus, and particularly the region of Pafos (Paphos).

 

The Ethnographic Museum is housed in a two-story stone building of 1894, with three unusual Gothic arches and beautiful gardens. It was founded in 1958 to house the private collection of Giorgos Eliades, an intellectual collector with a keen interest in the cultural heritage of his hometown. He collected objects of archaeological and folklore interest from the countryside of Cyprus, especially from the Paphos area. 

The museum exhibits an impressive variety, in terms of the chronological range they cover, from antiquity to modern times.

 

The exhibits of the Museum include costumes (particularly rural costumes and trimmings), traditional carved wooden furniture, Venetian mirrors, farming tools, kitchen utensils, clay artifacts, looms and woven articles.

Together with the ethnographic and other exhibits, you may also admire at the Museum archaeological finds that date mainly from the Chalcolithic period and include coins, jewellery, amphorae, and water jugs, among other items.

 

Ethnographic Museum of Paphos opening hours, entrance fee, and contact details


Paphos ethnographic museum insideOpening Hours
Winter: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Summer: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 14:00 (all year round)
The museum is open all year round, and it is closed on Public Holidays.


Museum Entrance Fee: €3,00 per person

Opening and closing times as well as entrance fees, are subject to alterations without notice. Visitors are advised to check before visiting.

Address
Exo Vrisis, 1
GPS coordinates
Lat: 34.773071 Lon: 32.421459
Contact telephone numbers
Tel: +357 26 93 20 10 / +357 26 94 48 33

Weddings at the Ethnographic Museum of Paphos

Paphos ethnographic museum weddingsThe Ethnographic Museum is an interesting and attractive venue for weddings in Paphos which is proving to be a very popular choice for many couples. The museum is set in a private house that has been owned by the Eliades family for generations. George Eliades was a renowned archaeologist and founded the Ethnographic Museum in 1958, his wife and daughter continue to run the museum, it doesn’t receive any funding or aid from the government and is entirely funded by the Eliades family. It is a little different from a typical museum as it is housed in a family home, and the exhibits give a specific picture of the living conditions, customs, and habits of the Cypriot people throughout various periods of time. It is surrounded by an attractive private walled courtyard which provides a slightly different, traditional, very attractive, and private setting for a wedding ceremony, whilst at the same time offering a little bit of the history of Cyprus. Civil ceremonies are conducted in the courtyard by Registrars from Paphos Town Hall, which is a short distance from the museum, or you can have an Anglican service conducted by a local priest.

 

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