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 exhibits highlight individual differences among religious communities as well as the development of a pandemic style in various aspects of craft and artistic creation.

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