One of the most interesting sights near Mitilini is this museum in the former house of folk artist Hatzimichalis Theophilos (1868-1934). Most of Theophilos's works adorned the walls of tavernas and ouzeries, often painted in exchange for food. Theophilos died in poverty, and none of his work would have survived if it weren't for the efforts of art critic Theriade , who commissioned the paintings on display here during the last years of the painter's life. These primitive watercolors depicting ordinary people, daily life, and landscapes are now celebrated and have been exhibited at the Museum of Folk Art, in Athens. Be sure to take in the curious photographs showing the artist dressed as Alexander the Great. As the museum may be closed for renovations, you should call before setting out to visit it.