Historical - Folk

Museum of Pontic Hellenism

Committee for Pontic Studies

Athens - Greece

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Museum of Pontic Hellenism

The Museum of Pontic Hellenism is an institution open to the public that showcases every aspect of the culture of Pontic Hellenism for recreational and research purposes, as it was established in the area of Asia Minor from the ancient times until 1922 and also as it is preserved and continues to develop today from the Greeks of Pontos settled in Greece and abroad.

The establishment of the Museum of Pontic Hellenism by the Committee for Pontic Studies ( 1988 )offers the opportunity to the wider public to discover who are the Greeks of Pontos, which area was their land, their journey in history and the civilization they developed there, their connection to Greece, Russia and the rest of the world, through direct contact with the material elements of their culture.

The collections

The Museum Collections comprise of more than a thousand and five hundred items and historic documents that date from the 17th century A.D. up to the middle of the 20th century A.D., such as traditional costumes and jewelry, bathing utensils and garments, agricultural and urban household items, utensils, toys, musical instruments, official sealed church documents, religious objects, medals, official documents, rare editions, rich photographical archive and also sound recorded material of various verbal testimonies and music.

The exibit

The exhibit is articulated in two main parts, the first part corresponds to the life of the Greeks in Pontos , while the second part corresponds to the period that starts with their uprooting and the settlement in Greece.

The material exhibited unfolds into six wider sections. Each section has a central focal point where unique relics are exhibited surrounded by various teaching aids (pictures, maps, plans, and text summary). Remarkable documentary material is also exhibited, such as documents of great historical value and other documents as well as original photographical material.

The first part of the exhibit is dedicated to the presence and activities as well as the civilization that they developed there from the ancient times up to the establishment of the Empire of Trapezounta and from the Ottoman occupation of the area up to the exchange of population with the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923.

Special emphasis is given to highlighting elements of the everyday life of the Greeks of Pontos during the first fifteen years of the 20th century A.D.

The specifics of the traditional as well as the new way of life in that era is revealed to the visitors mainly through the representation of the traditional home and hearth as well as representation of a fully equipped public bath.

The great importance of music to the mindset of the Greeks of Pontos is emphasized in a special section that hosts various old and new folk musical instruments.

The biggest and brightest section of the exhibit is the collection of traditional women’s costumes that constitute an indicative high level of Pontic Greek folk art with their number and diversity.

Finally, special mention is made to the Greeks of Pontos that settled in Kars as well as the ones from Georgia and the coast of the Black Sea that charted their course in history in the former Soviet Union.

In this part of the exhibit , the visitor follows the path of the Pontic Greek community from its uprooting (after trying to eliminate them during the period of 1914-1922) until their settlement in Greece, as well as their dispersion throughout the world.

The Exhibit concludes with the presentation of the collective effort of scholars as well as everyday people for the preservation and conservation of the traditions of Pontian Greeks until today.

Museum of Pontic Hellenism

Athens - Greece

Free admission

Monday- Friday: 10.00 -16.00 , Saturday and Sunday by appointment .

Agnoston Martyron 73, 171 23, New Smyrne

Tel. 210 9325521

Fax 210 9354333 e-mail: info@epm.gr www.epm.gr