Thassos Island - Museums
The Archaeological Museum of Thassos
In Limenas you will find the Archeological Museum of Thassos, one of the richest museums in Macedonia . Here you can admire a collection of unique antiquities dating from the 7 th century BC to the 7 th century AD . Many of these ancient treasures are being exibited free, in the museum garden.
The first museum was built in 1934 . The expansion of the museum started in 1990 and continues until today
The Museum of Polygnotos Vagis (Potamia)
the door of his countryhouse
in Bethpage, Long Island (1958)
Here you can see sculptures and paintings of this world famous artist who was born here in 1892 and emigrated to New York as a young man where he studied at the Institute of Fine Arts . Later he took on American citizenship. In 1923 he was provided with an art laboratory by Harry Payne Whitney and won a scholarship with the Whitney Muesum Club.
Located in the sculptor's birthplace (Potamia - Thasos), The Polygnotos Vagis Museum was founded in August 1981 , under the aegis of the Department for Greeks Abroad of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that honored the sculptor's wish, who has left his last will in his testament: " I leave all my works to the people and government of Greece with the proviso that they be placed in a national museum or library built by preference on the island of Thasos, the land of my birth ". (June 2, 1964).
The exibits include 98 sculptures and 15 paintings . Vagi's first period (1919-1930) was influenced by Mythology and History, both ancient and modern. His second period (after the year 1930) has been influenced by modern art.
The Vagis Museum houses traditional, realistic, and abstract art by the artist Polygnotos Vagis . This Thasian emigrant became one of the most important sculptors in the US . His works are displayed in many American museums today. He died in New York on March 11 th , 1965 .
Folklore Museum of Limenaria
It is a well-maintained museum showing early clothing, local mining, bee-keeping, hunting tools and the distillation method of the highly alcoholic, local "tsipouro", a favourite drink on the island. The museum has been astablished by the Limenaria Cultural Group and its aim is to further the traditions and values of local culture. The museum was established in 1993 by To Kastro (The Castle) , the Limenaria cultural association. It is housed in the former community office in the centre of the village.
The purpose of the museum is to preserve and promote the local tradition. It therefore displays household artefacts and clothing (embroidery, woven fabrics, traditional costumes, stoves, a loom and its accoutrements, coffee-making equipment), tools of various trades (tailoring, barbering, woodcutting, bee-keeping, hunting, a shoemaker's and a cobbler's bench, tools for collecting and transporting resin, a raki still, tools for collecting olives), and tools from the time when the local mines opened.
Folklore Museum of Theologos
Open 11:00-14:00 and 19:00-23:00 all days.
This museum is situated in a well-maintainde building. It has two levels : the first and the second floor. First floor: tools and ustensils used by the inhabitants; seconf floor: representation of an traditional thassian house.
Folklore Museum of Kallirachi
It is a relatively small museum, hosted by a recently renovated hose at Kallirachi . Its interior is decorated with traditional furniture representing the old traditional thassian house.