Historical and Folklore Museum of Nikiti

Protecting cultural and architecture heritage while creating a new tourism attraction.

Project summary: 

The economy of Nikiti area in Chalkidiki, is based on agriculture and tourism. Despite having a large number of hotels and tourist accommodation sites, the area was lacking cultural facilities such as museums and exhibition centres. To cover this gap and create a new tourist attraction, an old school building constructed in 1870 was transformed into a folklore Museum. The works started back in 2000 but then stopped due to the lack of financing.

The project helped to complete the renovation of the building and surroundings and it also helped mobilise the local community to collect items for the museum’s permanent collection. 

Project results: 

The museum opened its doors to visitors in April 2015 and it is expected to be a significant tourist attraction increasing visitor numbers to the old village of Nikiti.

The operation of the Folklore museum allows the demonstration of local folklore and culture of the area to visitors not only from Greece but also abroad. It also highlights the cultural heritage of the region, differentiating at the same time from other touristic services offered.