On the 27th November 2014, at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, the organisation’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage included the know-how of cultivating the mastic tree on the Island of Chios on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity drawn up by UNESCO.
Intangible Cultural Heritage is the term used to designate the set of practices, knowledge, techniques and expressions, skills, instruments, objects, artefacts, as well as the cultural spaces associated therewith. Communities, groups and individuals recognise these as being a part of their cultural heritage. It is encountered essentially in oral traditions and expressions, the performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, and the know-how relating to traditional crafts.
Decision 9 COM 10.18 reflects the Commission’s reasoning about the element satisfying the five criteria:
Locality of Rachi (Tepeki), in the Pyrgio region of the Municipality of Chios.
Telephone: (+30) 22710 72212
From March 1st through to October 15th:
Daily (except Tuesdays) 10 am-6 pm.
From October 16th through to February 28th:
Daily (except Tuesdays) 10 am-5 pm.
Closed on: Tuesdays, January 1st, Good Friday (until 12 noon), (Greek Orthodox) Easter Sunday, May 1st, July 22nd (local patronal feast), August 15th, December 25th and 26th.
Standard entrance fee: € 3,00
Concessionary ticket: € 1.50. Please, see here.
Free admission: Please, see here.
Days of free admission:
May 18th (International Museum Day)
June 5th (World Environment Day)
Last weekend in September (European Heritage Days)
By car, following the Chios Town-Pyrgi provincial road.
For better service, it is recommended to give the Museum advance notice of group visits.
If you are a teacher and would like to schedule either a visit or the participation of your school in an educational programme, please contact the Museum.
Admission for disabled visitors is free. For group visits, it is necessary to notify the Museum in advance.
Amateur photography or video filming is permitted. Professional/commercial photography or filming is strictly prohibited without prior special permission from PIOP. Application for special permit.
Application for photography permission
Application for film-video permission
The Museum's premises can host academic, artistic and other events-activities, following the prior authorization of the request by PIOP.
Please fill in the Licence to Use the Premises