Historical Museum of Ioannina Ch. Nikolaou
The Historical Museum of Ioannina Ch. Nikolaou is housed in the listed mansion located at 9 Neoptolemou Str. opposite the main gate of the castle and was erected in 1900. Its collections are the result of a multi-year study, research and search of historical objects with high technical aesthetic and semantic characteristics. It focuses mainly on evidence from the city of Ioannina and the wider Greek area during the late Ottoman period in order to bring the public in direct contact with the aesthetics of the multicultural, multilingual and multireligious character of the time. There are 600 unique items, displayed in seven thematic classified rooms. The architecture of the building with the “hyatt” and the traditional wooden ladder harmonizes with the exhibits, depicts the style of the era, composing a complete picture, and offers a unique atmospheric experience for the visitor. The museum structure and collections were built on the basis of usability, technical and religious features to provide the public with information and data from the wide cultural spectrum and the social structure of the city. The town of Ιoannina was a great artistic and commercial center of the time, so the visitor has the opportunity to see exquisite silver jewelery, buckles, weapons, useful items. Ceramics from various pottery workshops, Beikos crystals and elaborate utensils. Gold-embroidered costumes, embroidery, seals, documents, coins, medals, tobacco items, items from the baths of the era (hamam) oil paintings and stoneware. During the tour of the museum, many unique items are also exhibited, such as the costume of a pasha of Ioannina with the three golden stars embroidery at the beginning of the 19th century, the scepter with the diamond inlay and a beautiful “criodiri” depicting St. George killing the dragon, religious objects of Muslims and objects from the Jewish community.
The exhibition includes objects from the Ch. Nikolaou collection and other artistic, museum collections periodically presented. Exhibition areas are being developed on the two floors of the building. With the visit, there is a guided tour of the museum even though there are sufficient and detailed descriptions of the exhibits.
Opening hours: From March 1st to October 15th – Open every day (except Tuesday): 10:00-19:00
From October 16th to February 28th -Open every day (except Tuesday): 10:00-17:00
Archaeological Museum of Ioannina
The collections of the Archaeological Museum of Ioannina are developed in seven halls, the central corridor and three terraces, a total area of 1,200 sqm. The exhibits cover a long period, from the first appearance of man in Epirus, during the Lower Palaeolithic age 250,000 years ago, until the twilight of late antiquity in the late Roman period (3rd century AD.). Particular emphasis is given to the findings from the sanctuary of Dodoni which are exposed in a room dedicated exclusively to one of the major oracles of the Greek world. The new permanent exhibition retains the dimension of the old continent, as it was inspired by the first Director of AMI Julia Vokotopoulou. It includes approximately 3,000 archaeological finds from all over Epirus. The structure is based on three pillars: a chronology, a geographic and a theme. Interlaced axles at the museological flow by attempting to highlight the special character and course of the region in antiquity.
Aslan Pasha Mosque – Municipal Museum
Municipal Ethnographic Museum Ioannina is located in the castle and is housed in the mosque of Aslan Pasha built in the early 17th century (probably in 1618) by Aslan Pasha, who ruled in Ioannina during the period 1600-1612. It was built on the site where according to tradition during the Byzantine era, the church of St. John was there.The Mosque of Aslan Pasha was the core of a large religious – educational complex, from which today survives the homonym Tourbes (mausoleum), the Mendreses (seminary) and Mageiria (hearth and home). The Municipal Museum houses three collections, representative of the castle residents during its long history: Christian, Jewish, Muslim. The objects are donations of prominent families, dating from the 18th to 20th century and utensils with utilitarian and decorative nature of various metals or porcelain. Also, one can see weapons and costumes typical of the Ottoman period. The objects of the collection of Christians include ecclesiastical silverware, vestments and church books from the collection of Archbishop Spyridon. In the Jewish collection curtains from the building of the former synagogue, etc. costumes once thriving Jewish community of Ioannina are exhibited.
The objects from the Muslim population are exhibited in the central area. There are oriental fabrics of the 16th, 17th and 18th, wood furniture and ivory, era of Ali Pasha, bronze objects and Islamic books.
In the areas surrounding the mosque there is a powder keg, the cave of Dionysios the Philosopher, prominent Turkish tombs and a medieval tower. Very close to this Citadel there are 3 important monuments of the Ottoman period. These are the Bath, the Turkish library and Soufari seraglio.
The Treasure Chest of Ioannina
In the center of Kale and adjacent to the church of St. Anargyroi, there is the building known by the oral tradition as a «The treasure chest.” It is an impressive building that probably belonged to a wider group of seraglios of Ali Pasha, whose remains were found in a short distance to the south of the building.At the western end of the south side, there is a vaulted opening that probably led to the next, vaulted space, which later was formed to the present church of St. Anargyroi. The building was restored by the 8th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, during the years 1989 to 1990 and has since hosted a permanent exhibition of silverware.
The exhibition contains two main collections of objects, which are gifts of Archbishop Spyridon (1873-1956) and Constantine Ioannides (of a known family of silversmiths, 1907-1965). Recently enriched with precious jewels, donated by Titika Vellis – Dogoriti (1925- 2007). The exhibition is complemented by the reconstruction of a silversmith workshop, set up with the help of Silversmiths of Ioannina, the “Ioannina art”. The exhibition of the “Treasury” is associated with the art of the silversmith, which flourished in Ioannina, especially during the post-Byzantine period. The silversmith workshops gave great works, urban (jewelery, utensils, weapons, etc.) and religious (blessing crosses, reliquaries, chalices, etc.). Visitors of the exhibition, draws important information on how to exercise the art and the most characteristic creation techniques (repousse, filigree, cast, enamel, etc.).
Address: Ioannina Castle, Al. Noutsou 18
Phone: 26510 26356
Folklore Museum of Association of Epirotic Studies
The foundation of the Folklore Museum “Costas Frontzos” in Ioannina was decided at the initiative of the company Continental studies (E.I.M) and Foundation Studies Ionian and Adriatic Area (I.M.I.A.CH) with an objective for collecting, rescuing and recovering objects of the Continental popular culture.
The objects in the museum most of which have been offered by residents in Epirus, whereas the rest have been bought- gathered at the initiative of the initiator and creator of the Folklore Museum, late Kostas Frontzos, who served as president of E.I.M and IM.I.A.CH since the foundation of both institutions until his death in 1986. In his honor for his offer and work, the boards of both institutions gave the museum his name: Folklore Museum “Costas Frontzos”. The Folklore Museum is housed in a building owned by E.I.M in the city center of Ioannina. It is worth noting that the property was formerly used to house the Teaching School of Ioannina (1913-1936), the Zosimaia Pedagogical Academy High School for Boys and the Technical School of Foremen. In 1976, the E.I.M bought from the State this property, repaired and placed objects of folk art in it.
Address: Michael Angelou 42
Phone: 26510 20515
Byzantine museum of Ioannina
The Byzantine museum is located inside the Castle of Ioannina, in the southeast acropolis, known as Citadel Kale. Inaugurated in 1995 on the ground floor of the former “Royal Pavilion”. In the same place the Military Hospital was built, while there the ruins of the central seraglios of Ali Pasha existed.
In the seven halls of the Byzantine Museum, are exposed important finds of excavations, dated from Early Christian to the post-Byzantine period. There are coins, pictures and ceramics from the region of Epirus. Prominent place in the collection of the Museum occupy the Byzantine sculptures from the temples of Thesprotia and marble columns and Corinthian capitals of the early Christian period, from the same area. Also, manuscripts with gospels and a printed book of 1499 are exhibited, issued in Venice, from the Printing of Nikolaos Vlastos. These exhibits provide visitors the opportunity to experience the history and development of the city of Ioannina, over the centuries. In the building’s floor now offices of 8 Inspectorate of Byzantine Antiquities are housed. In the surroundings there are the “Treasury”, the “Fethiye” mosque, the tomb of Ali Pasha, the “galley” of Kale etc.
Address: Castle of Ioannina
Phone: 26510 25989
Municipal Artworks Gallery of Ioannina
The building that now houses the Municipal Art Gallery, with its neoclassical elements (lintels, corbels balcony, window frames) was built around 1890. The collection of the Municipal Gallery includes about 500 works, paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and sculptures, which are compiled during the last forty years. Important part is exposed in the premises of the Gallery and outline the process of Modern Art.
Address: Korai 1
Phone: 26510 75131
Municipal Ethnographic Museum of Ioannina
Municipal Ethnographic Museum Ioannina is located in the castle and is housed in the mosque of Aslan Pasha built in the early 17th century (probably in 1618) by Aslan Pasha, who ruled in Ioannina during the period 1600-1612. Built on the site where according to tradition the Byzantine era, there was the church of St. John. The Mosque of Aslan Pasha was the core of a large religious – educational complex, from which survives the homonym Tourbes (mausoleum), the Mendreses (seminary) and Mageireeia (outbreak). The Municipal Museum houses three collections, representative of the castle residents during its long history: Christian, Jewish, Muslim. The objects are donations of prominent families, dating from the 18th to 20th century and utensils with utilitarian and decorative nature of various metals or porcelain. Also, one can see weapons and costumes typical of the Ottoman period.
The objects of the collection of Christians include ecclesiastical silverware, vestments and church books from the collection of Archbishop Spyridon. In the Jewish collection curtains from the building of the former synagogue, costumes and other items once thriving in the Jewish community of Ioannina are exposed. The objects from the Muslim population are exposed in the central area. There are oriental fabrics of the 16th, 17th and 18th, wood furniture and ivory of Ali Pasha era, bronze objects and Islamic books. In the areas surrounding the mosque there is a powder keg, the cave of Dionysios the Philosopher, prominent Turkish tombs and a Medieval tower. Very close to this Citadel there are three important monuments of the Ottoman period. Those are The Bath, the Turkish library and Soufari seraglio.
Address: Castle of Ioannina, Al. Noutsou 18
Phone: 26510 26356
Museum of Ali Pasha, and Revolutionary period
Located on the Island and is housed in the cells of the monastery of Ag. Panteleimonas, where Ali Pasha was murdered in 1822. The collection includes exhibits from the pre- revolutionary period, memorabilia from the era of Ali Pasha etc.