The Silk Museum is located in Soufli, a town indelibly linked with silk. It is housed in the Kourtidis Mansion (1883), a fine example of the region's "manor-house" architecture. The Mansion, where there lived Dr. Konstantinos Kourtidis (1870-1944), was donated by his daughter, Maria Kourtidi-Pastra, for housing a museum dedicated to silk. The Museum comprises two buildings situated around an inner yard: the old Kourtidis mansion and the two-storey "cocoon house".
The permanent exhibition presents all stages of pre-industrial sericulture and silk manufacture. It also tracks the history of silk over time, focusing on how the town of Soufli became a major silk-production centre from the late 19th to the mid-20th century.
What is on display?
There are displays in both buildings. In the ground-floor of the later building visitors can study photographs and archival material about the fascinating, multi-faceted personality of Dr. Konstantinos Kourtidis. Specially-made video projections recount the history of silk over time. The main exhibition is on the first floor and presents the pre-industrial process of breeding the silkworm and processing the silk. Different sections focus on "unwinding" the thread of the cocoon, and the dyeing and weaving of silk fabrics; others on every-day life in Soufli in the 20th century. In the old mansion are shown unique Soufliot costumes and accessories of the local attire, but also modern, spectacular Chinese Opera costumes, part of the collection that was donated to the Foundation by the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in May 2018.
Audio-visual media help visitors learn about the manifold role of silk as an element of tangible culture across time, bur also about Soufli, especially in connection with the town's historical-geographical and ecological-environmental frame of reference.
The Museum organises touring exhibitions and cultural events and activities which are presented in its multi-purpose hall.
Of interest to children
The Silk Museum organises educational programs for primary and secondary education schoolchildren:
Very popular with both children and adults are the demonstrations of traditional unwinding, weaving at a traditional loom, and dyeing silk fabrics using plant fibre as raw material.
The Museum was funded by the European Union and the third community support framework, regional operational programme for the East Macedonia-Thrace 2000-2006.
Eleftheriou Venizelou 73
GR-684 00 Soufli
Telephone: (+30) 25540 23700
Fax: (+30) 25540 24027
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, January 18th (local patronal feast), Good Friday (until 12 noon), (Greek Orthodox) Easter Sunday, May 1st, August 15th, December 25th and 26th.
Standard entrance fee: € 4,00
Concessionary ticket: € 2,00. 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 public transport or by car from Alexandroupolis and Athens.
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.
After scheduling your visit, download the application form for an educational pack, which will be sent to your school free of charge.
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.
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
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