Τhe Historical and Folkloric Museum, is hosted in the Tower of Belleni. Costumes, needlework, musical instruments and hand-crafted, ecclesiastical wood carvings dating back to the historical period from 1880 to 1920 and depicting Leros’ urban nature, are exhibited.
One entire hall is dedicated to activist Kyriakos Tsakiris who was exiled to Leros. His personal belongings combined with his art work created by him while in exile can be viewed by all. Remnants and memories of the Second World War can be viewed in yet another exhibition hall. The visitors to the museum will see surgical tools, an operating bed, and a sterilization unit all used when the Tower operated as a make-shift hospital during World War II.
Many exhibits from the Battle of Leros and the sinking of the torpedo vessel ‘Vassilissa (Queen) Olga’ at Lakki on 26th September 1943 will revive both tragic memories as well as fond recollections of grandeur that the island lived through and endured during the Italian and German occupations.