THIRATHEN the Museum of Greek folk music, musical instruments, research and documentation is located at the historical village Krousonas just 15 km from Heraklion. The meaning of the name Thirathen comes from «Thirathen pedia/education» which was the classical education in the Byzantium which had secular nature).
In a recently renovated traditional house, where the sounds of nature meet the sounds of traditional instruments and fascinating melodies are created ,the visitor has the chance to experience the charm of Mediterranean music.
One of the purposes of the Museum is to introduce not only to the local society,Greek traditional music, but to all visitors that are fascinated by tradition,history and music altogether.
The visitor has the opportunity to get familiar with the local traditional instruments along with those music instruments from the neighbouring countries of Greece .
The Museum's ambition is to become a cultural center through a variety of festivities and events based on traditional music. An additional goal is the creation of the center for research and documentation of our musical tradition. 
The collection of musical instruments is carried out with funding from AKOMM and is classified in accordance with E VON HORUBASTEL – S. SAHS ,with criterion,the produced sounds from their respective pulse, movements of materials at aerophones, chordophona, membranophona and idiophone.
The Museum collaborates with the educational institutions of the region in order to implement visits to the Museum from schools for educational purposes, which include a variety of interactive activities such as music-and-movement games, tours, slide views.

Contact us for any information or questions in order to register to a lesson.


Members club

The "Friends museum Thirathen" is a recognized non-profit organisation which was established by a group of individuals who wished to provide moral and financial support to the Museum.

"Friends" of all ages can support the Museum by:

  • Publicizing its activities
  • Providing for the enrichment of its collections
  • Encouraging its aims through donations, legacies, voluntary work and suggestions for improvement.

"Friends of museum Thirathen" receive a special membership card which entitles them to:

  • Free entrance to our Museum.
  • Invitations to some events at the Museum.
  • Participate in the program of activities including guided visits to the Museum focused at improving knowledge of its collections.

The organisation supports the Museum in many ways, such as:

  • Organizing fund-raising events.
  • Providing funds for the acquisition of instruments or for the financial needs of its various depart.