The Manousakeio Museum of urban and folk life.
The Manousakeio Museum of urban and folk life is a donation by the late Leonidas Manousakis, who in 1996 donated his house along with household items, clothing, photographic archives, an Ottoman banner etc. to the Municipality of Sparta. The museum is housed in a two-storey neoclassical building of the early 20th century on Ananiou 13 street in Sparta.
The museum’s theme is ” Urban and Folk Life in Sparta in the 20th century ” and meets all modern museological standards.
The exhibits include furniture, costumes, embroidery, glassware and many photographs of this era. A significant exhibit is the Ottoman banner that was brought from Lesvos in 1912 after the liberation of the island from the Ottomans, by the Spartan Major Alexandros Manoussakis ( donor’s uncle ).
This banner has been obtained by the municipality after been conserved and characterised among other items, as a preserved mobile monument by the Ministry of Culture.
Also on display there are family heirlooms donated to the Museum by other Spartans who wish to share the history of their city along with their feelings about the exhibits with their fellow citizens.