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Folklore Museum “Vasileios Papantoniou”

The Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation "Vasileios Papantoniou" of public benefit was established back in 1974 and is located in Nafplio. Its primary aim is the research, study, demostration and conservation of the Hellenic cultural activity.

It is located on King Alexander's 1 street and has been awarded with the European Museum of the Year Main Award (EMYA) in 1981.


The year 1999 was the time that the Foundation celebrated its first quarter of the century birthday, in an unforgettable ceremony. 

The newly presented exhibition "The Best of PFF" (Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation) aims at demonstrating the depth and wealth of the foundation's collection, which numbers more than 27.000 different items.


Since 2006, the exhibition entitled "Hellenic Urbanism: Nafplio 1822-1922" has opened its curtains in the already renovated interior of the foundation. Prepared to be a permanent exhibition, it mainly encompasses urban Nafplio and the peripheral regions.

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The ground floor stages heterogeneous or promiscuous museum items, which have been placed in a very bold and modern way, to stress the polymorphic attitude of the collection of the foundation. The above way was sporadically presented in Nafplio back in 1999 up to January 2006, and naturally in "Ptichosis" cultural demonstration for Olympic Games 2004.

Previous Exhibitions:

"From Nafplio to Nicosia. The collections of PFF"

 Leventio State Museum, Nicosia October 2007- January 2008 

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"Six International Fashion Designers from Greece"

Leventio State Museum, Nicosia 2-28 October 2007

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"The Act of Dressing". For a museum on the culture of dressing-clothing

"Evagoras Lenitis Centre", Lemessos 12.12.2007- 27.1.2008

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"Spells and Superstitions. Symbolism, incantations, amulets, the folklore contextual strength of magic"

This exhibition took place from September 25th to January 11th, 2010 under the auspices of "European Days Cultural Heritage" themed as: "Sorcerers, incantations and amulets, the perspective of magic in the archaic and Christian world".

"Alice and Nestor Telloglion". The PFF has graciously granted compilation items for the exhibition: "Alice and Nestor Telloglion", in the spirit of cooperation and as a token of appreciation. The particular exhibition was created as a celebration for the completion of the 10th year from the inauguration of the "Telloglion Foundation"

Extra credit should be done to the contribution of Mrs. Ioanna Papantoniou, President of the PFF, for the support and aid provided, while the artistic administration was attended to by Mr. Stamatis Zannos.

The Museum's shop operates on the ground floor.

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The museum will be open to the public every day except
Tuesday and Sunday from 09.00-15.00 and in the evenings from 18.00-21.00.

The museum will be closed on: 1st and 6th of January, 1st of May, Christmas day, Easter.

Undergoing a deep recession, the administration of the Museum has decided to hold a 2, 00 euro general entrance fee for all visitors, except children up to 12 years old and members of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Tour guiding remains 2, 00euros per person.


Address: King Alexander 1, St, Nafplio, P.C:21100, Argolida Prefecture

(Lat: 37.565738920891995, Long: 22.800278663635254) 
The exact location of the Museum can be tracked in the section Map 

Telephone Number: 27520 28947       Mail:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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