The Historical Museum of “SKOUFAS”narrates the history of Arta from antiquity until the Modern times. It has been organized according to all modern perceptions about the science of museology, which state that museums are live spaces of education.

So the compositions of the museum are created in order to help the visitor, as he passes through the rooms, to watch and learn the history of Arta in chronological order and in pleasant and comprehensible way.

In the section of ANCIENT AMVRAKIA, the composition has elements that bring to mind a real archaeological excavation. It presents King Pyrrus into a mirror so as to highlight his distinguished place in the history of Epirus in a symbolic way.

Passing from the antiquity to the BYZANTINE ERA, the visitor walks through the castle, the central monument of Byzantine Arta. This representation aims at giving the sense of the atmosphere of the “Despotate” of Epirus.

The ROOM of OTTOMAN DOMINATION is characterized by an abstractive painting representation of Imaret, a representative monument of that era, which is rescued until today. Into this room, several other ottoman scenes are also presented in the same fashion. The black color in all this space expresses the “black years of slavery”, while the flame of the Greek revolution is symbolized with the placement of arms in the two openings under the pedestals of the exhibits. The idea to present the moments from the fights and the life of Greeks in a Turkish “mosque”aims to express symbolically the continuous efforts for the rebirth of the Greek nation.

The passage to freedom is presented with the conventional representation of BRIDGE, which was the first border between Greece and Turkey in 1881. The visitor, as he continues his tour in the remaining rooms of the Museum, walks in the way the fighters did; at the same time the exhibits inform him about the historical events that are connected with the Bridge.

Moments from Arta’s life in Modern times are shown when the visitor passes through the representation of an old neighborhood, with paved street, houses and the dancing room. In the same place, a composition with the form of an avenue that continuously widens presents symbolically the progress of Arta in various sectors.

Last station in the visitor’s tour in the museum is the office of the Donor, Petros Garoufalias, where his personal heirlooms speak for the personality and the action of this important politician.