dressLocated just outside the hilltop village of Pelekas, Corfu is this wonderful private collection of costumes dating back to the 19th century. Originating from both Corfu and the rest of Greece, the collection has been amassed over many years by the museum’s curator and is housed in her family home.

It is a fascinating portrayal of the many different styles of costume worn in mainland Greece and its islands and provides a unique opportunity to appreciate the work and artistry that went into their manufacture. As well as costumes, there is a small section dedicated to Corfu’s musical heritage.

The museum is truly a labour of love and was entirely privately funded. It opened in 2008 and houses an exhibition of costumes which were collected by the owner, Loula Gkotsis, during the 1970s, as well as clothes and jewellery left by her family.

The building itself only dates back to 1980 but stands on land owned and inhabited by the family for more than two hundred years.

The costumes are presented in a series of rooms, each covering a region or regions of Greece. In addition the central room has displays of lace, headscarves, belts, bags, etc. from all around Greece.

The museum is open each day from 10.00 to 14.00 (other hours by appointment) and entrance costs two euros. Groups are most welcome. For more information please phone (+30) 26610 94548 (Greek), (+30) 6932515421 (English) or contact us by email.

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