The Historical – Folklore and Natural History Museum of Kozani was founded in 1969 and officially inaugurated on 10th October 1987. The museum is a creation of the Letters and Arts Association of Kozani.
The first historical – folklore collection was established at the end of 1968 to the beginning of 1969 and it was housed at times in various rented, small shops around the city. From 1975 to 1984, it was housed in a building of the Charitable Sisterhood of Kozani. In 1979, the Natural History Museum was founded in the aforementioned building. In this first exhibition, the historical department held the whole history of Kozani. At the same time, the folklore collection was composed, in which the following themes were exhibited: traditional occupations of primary production, workshops and trades, spiritual and social life, family life. The collections above were transferred four times to various rented, but unsuitable buildings. The Association’s administration was always concerned with the issue of permanent housing for the collections in a building of their own. In the years 1980-1983, the building was constructed, in which the Museum is housed today. In 1993, a new, four-storey building was raised, as an extension to the first one, in order to house the Museum’s new wing.
The Historical-Folklore and Natural History Museum belongs to the category of Historical-Folklore museums. It is located in the city centre and it comprises the following thematic categories: Natural History Exhibition ((from the Palaeolithic era until recent years), Archaeological-Byzantine Exhibition (from 7000 B.C. to 1453 AD), Historical Exhibition (from 1453 to 1944), Folklore Exhibition , which is considered the most important one (from 1640 to 1960), Art Gallery of recent years, Stamp Collection (1861-2004) and Radio Collection (1930-1960).
The Museum was founded in order to preserve the cultural heritage of the country through the recording and collecting of objects with the education of visitors as the ultimate goal.
The inspirer, visionary and creator of the Historical-Folklore and Natural History Museum of Kozani and of the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle in Bourino was the Teacher Konstantinos Siabanopoulos who dedicated his whole life to the preservation, collection and promotion of our country’s culture and tradition.