Folklore Museum of Kypseli

The first effort to create the Folklore Museum began in the early ’70s by Pantelis Chr. Karalis and which resulted in the permanent exhibition in Kypseli (Chosepsi) of Arta.

The collection was initially housed in the founder’s cafeteria, in a stone building of 1928. It served for years as a living museum-café where myth and reality coexisted not only along with coffee and tsipouro but also with humidity, dust, and desertion.

In 1997 the collection was integrated into the Community LEADER II program, managed by the Amvrakikos Development Company . In this context the Karalis folklore collection was organized into a Museum of Folk Art and Life.

Pantelis Karalis began his collections without any general or special knowledge of folklore. Perhaps this is why he was not trapped in the practice of gathering objects that seemed to possess the noble characteristics of a superior civilization.

For more than thirty years, he has been collecting and recording a way of life in a region where he was born and lived: simple everyday tools, clothes, songs, the whole lot of life and art, the wooden culture of the area of Tzoumerka. He thus manages to connect the museum with life through its exhibits, which, in addition to their pragmatic function, each mirrors the local society and the culture in which it was born .

The collection, which is continuously enriched, covers both the last two centuries. Its exhibitsl exceed 1,800 objects and include tools for agricultural pastoral and domestic use, arms and costumes of the region, wood carvings, woven, embroidery, coins, tools of various professions, etc.