The mansion of Baron Michael Tossizza

The Folklore Museum of Metsovo is housed in the Mansion of Baron Michael Tossizza, on the Nicholas Michael Averoff road. The famous mansion of Tossizza is one of the most traditional beautiful buildings of Epirus. It was originally built in 1661, but modified several times and successfully renovated in 1955. It belonged to the Tossizza family of national benefactors. One of the last descendants of the family, Baron Michael Tositsas, donated the mansion, along with the amount of $1.7 million, to the Tossizza’s Foundation, for the purpose of supporting the development of his ancestors’ homeland. Evangelos Averoff-Tossizza thoroughly supervised the execution of the terms of Tossizza’ testament, so as to meet his wishes.

The exhibits are representative of the creative art of weaving and woodcarving of Metsovo. Carved wooden furniture, embroidery, traditional costumes, textiles, decorative and utilitarian objects as well as utensils, compose a scene inspired by the interior design of traditional residences of the 19th century. The folklore museum at the Tossizza Mansion describes concisely and attractively the local history and everyday lives of ordinary local people, community leaders, and the Metsovo families’ diaspora around the world. One of the floors of the Mansion hosts the office of Evangelos Averoff - Tossizza, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs. The office presents a collection of personal items, photos with leaders such as John F. Kennedy, and others from around the world.

Opening hours: Daily (except Thursday) from 09:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 17:30 (Tel. 26560 41084). Admission charges for Guided tours: 3€ (general public) and 2€ (student tickets). The tours take place every 20 minutes.