The museum of folklore and art, located on the premises of the Paradise Hotel, was renovated in 1999 by Mr. Marios Vassilopoulos & Mrs Irene Mantzavelaki -Vassilopoulou, restoring an old ice factory which operated in Hora in the beginning of last century, until 1958 with the advent of electric refrigerators.
Planing, organizing and updating the museum exhibits and collections, was the folklore professor at the University of Athens, Catherine Korres-Zografou.
The building itself which houses the collections is of special importance, since it dates from the early 1900′s and the interior boasts many of the characteristics of Andros traditional architecture like grey slate walls. The museum space covers 250 m² and is divided into two levels. On the upper level the visitor can view a selection of photographs covering Christian art of Andros and Andros painters of 18th century woodcuts and silver antiquities.
The lower level exhibits are from the typical “Andros Home” tradition, with some personal pieces collected by the founder in addition to other items of interest and heirlooms. On the lower level visitors read excerpts from the studies of Professor Catherine Korres on Andros Products & Professions .
Our concierge service will be happy to share the rich heritage and culture of Andros island with you.
3 Established festivals take place in the space, during summer which highlight the island’s culture.