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Local Ethnographic Museum of Geroskipou
Local Ethnographic Museum of Geroskipou

The Local Ethnographic Museum of Geroskipou is housed in a traditional 18th century building known as the ‘House of Hadjismith’, and was founded in 1978.

The museum’s large and diverse collection of exhibits originate from all over Cyprus and represent the daily life, crafts, activities and different expressions of Cypriot folk art during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The rural crafts include pottery, scarf making, rug weaving and rope making, as well as the manufacture of silk, for which the island was famous for.

The building itself is a grand house by the standards of its time, and was originally part of a larger complex of buildings. It is listed as an Ancient Monument and once belonged to Andreas Zimboulakis, a rich and educated man who was appointed British Consular Agent for western Cyprus, and was responsible for the provisioning of the British troops. The British Admiral Sir Sydney Smith would visit the house regularly, giving it the nickname of ‘the Smith’s house’.

The name of Geroskipou village comes from the Greek words for ‘sacred garden’ – ‘Ieros Kipos’ – as it was once the site of Aphrodite’s sacred garden.  

Region: Pafos (Paphos)
Address: Geroskipou village, 3km east of Pafos
Contact No: Tel: +357 26 306 216
Operating Hours: September 16 - April 15, daily: 08:30 - 16:00
April 16 - September 16, daily: 09:30 - 17:00
Operating Period: All year round.
Closed on Public Holidays.
Entrance Fee: €2,50
For organised groups consisting of more than 10 persons there is a 20% reduction on the entry fees.
The Department of Antiquities can issue special entry cards for all its museums and ancient monuments: One (1) day entry cards - €8,50, three (3) day entry cards - €17,00, seven (7) day entry cards - €25,00.
Website: www.mcw.gov.cy/da
  Opening and closing times as well as entrance fees, are subject to alterations without notice. Visitors are advised to check before visiting.