Local Ethnographic Museum of Geroskipou

  • Location

    Geroskipou village, 3km east of Paphos, Paphos

  • Tickets


  • Opening Times

    September 16 - April 15
    Daily: 08:30 - 16:00
    April 16 - September 16
    Daily: 09:30 - 17:00

    All year round.
    Closed on Public Holidays.

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The Local Ethnographic Museum of Geroskipou, established in 1978, is situated in the traditional 'House of Hadjismith,' an 18th-century building. The museum boasts a vast and diverse collection of artifacts from all across Cyprus, offering insights into the daily life, crafts, activities, and various forms of Cypriot folk art during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Among the rural crafts displayed are pottery, scarf making, rug weaving, rope making, and the renowned silk manufacturing that brought fame to the island.

The building itself, once part of a larger complex, is a splendid representation of its time. As an Ancient Monument, it was formerly owned by Andreas Zimboulakis, a wealthy and educated man who served as the British Consular Agent for western Cyprus. He played a crucial role in supplying the British troops. Notably, the house was frequented by British Admiral Sir Sydney Smith, leading to it being affectionately known as 'the Smith's house.'

The village of Geroskipou derives its name from the Greek words 'Ieros Kipos,' meaning 'sacred garden,' as it was once believed to be the location of Aphrodite's sacred garden.

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