Museums in Cyclades Islands


Walk through a number of fascinating finds such as the statue of Hermes of Andros, found in Palaeopolis, dating from the first century BC. There are sculptures from Arcahic, Classical and Hellenistic times, as well as Roman, Byzantine and post-Byzantine periods.
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The archaeological museum of Delos, was built in 1904 is considered one of the most important museums in Greece.
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Also part of the Church of Panagia buildings, the museum reveals the live of this well-known scholar from Tinos, with plaster and wood carvings made by the artist. Photo: http://www.tinosecret.gr/
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The Archaeological Museum has an extensive collection of vases from the 7th and 6th centures BC. It also boasts some pieces from the archaic and classical period, as well as Hellenistic and Roman sculptures.
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Serifos was inhabited by the Mycenaeans, and the Archaeological Museum stands witness to this civilization with its exhibits from that era. There are some relics from the Mycenaean era which are rare, as most have been stolen around the country over the centuries. Serifos was inhabited by the Mycenaeans, and the Archaeological Museum stands witness to this civilization with its exhibits from that era. There are some relics from the Mycenaean era which are rare, as most have been stolen around the country over the centuries. The Classical and Hellenistic eras in Greece are also showcased, complete with headless statues, amphorae and other interesting pieces. There are, in addition, finds from much more recent history, those unearthed around the Venetian Fortress or Kastro, as well as finds from the Roman era. The museum is closed on Mondays. (+30 22810 51138)
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From prehistoric findings to weapons and artwork, this museum contains a vibrant collection of artefacts and objects from Syros and other Cycladic islands, such as Hellenistic inscriptions and sculptures.
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Located in Hora, at the Pyrgos or else called Sala tou Gavra (Gavra's Mansion), it features a wide range of archaeological findings from the whole island, dating from the early Bronze Age until the end of the ancient world.
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Housed in a 19th-century neoclassical building that was designed by German Architect Ernst Ziller, the Archaeological Museum of Milos focuses on two great eras. Relics date from the 3rd millennium BC to the first century AD. Contents include obsidian remains, a replica of Venus de Milo (Aphrodite of Milos), and many prehistoric artefacts from the geometric, archaic, classical, Hellenistic and Roman times.  Open daily 8 am to 3 pm, except for Mondays, tickets 3€.
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Go back in time with the thousands of papers and documents about Catholicism – and its relation to culture, society and economy – in the Cyclades. Some of these go as far back as the 15th and 16th centuries.
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The church complex is home to over 100 paintings and replicas by famous artists, both Greek and foreign. This includes artworks from the Ionian and Italian renaissance periods, as well as cutlery, vases, bibelots and others. Photo: http://www.tinosecret.gr/
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The Art Space Gallery and Winery (built in 1830) in Exo Gonia features the work of local artists. There is also a museum owned by the same family, with installations for raki (an aniseed liqueur like ouzo) and tomato juice.
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A complete 18th century olive press of Chelmis at Ano Pitrofos is a great way to learn about olive oil through a physical and virtual tour.
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Near the central square of Ermoupolis (Miaouli) there is a museum with a robust collection of Cycladic art from excavations undertaken in Syros and other islands in the Cyclades.
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In the village by the same name, this museum features rich icons from different churches as well as religious paraphernalia from vestments to old books. Photo: http://www.tinosecret.gr/
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The Ecclesiastical Museum of Milos by the waterfront in Adamas lies appropriately in a thousand-year-old church of the Holy Trinity. Icons and wood carvings dating from more prosperous Venetian times and gifts from local migrants to Russia are on display, including 14th century icons. Of particular interest is the icon from the Cretan School which represents Christ’s body being carried down from the cross, as well as several paintings by Antoinio Skordilis. Chalices, iconostases, a bishop’s throne from the 17th century and much more provide interesting displays. Open daily 9.15 am to 1.15 pm and 6.15 am to 10.15 pm, free admission
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The Folk and Historic Museum of Milos reveals many different aspects of the locals’ lives, including food, entertainment, traditions and clothing. The main room covers the economic and social aspect of families, while the loom room is where the family members’ clothes were made. There were no individual bedrooms, except one reserved for a married couple. The kitchen doubled as a store room, so did the winepress room. Opens Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 2 pm and 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Sunday 10 am to 2 pm, tickets 3€.
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In the village of Komi in the middle of the island, there is a cultural museum that delves into the culture of the area.
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Once an old ice making shop, this museum proudly presents the folklore of the island, feature silver artisan work, miniature wooden churches of the island and hagiography (the study of saints with a byzantine twist).
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Local traditions and customs can be understood at this museum, hosted in a delightful classical building. Get a feel of the island's history through its household utensils, precious minerals and many curious objects. Behind the museum likes an open theatre that hosts cultural events.
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Discover works of Modern Greek artists (Fasianos, Kounelis, Manolidis, Pavlos Psychopaidis, Tsoklis, etc.) as well as important foreign artists (Cesar, Richier, Rodin, etc.). The summer sees vibrant temporary exhibitions of great artists such as Balthus, de Chirico, Giagometti, Kandinsky and others.
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Reflecting the successful commercial history of the island, the Industrial Museum is comprised of three separate buildings (previously Aneroussis lead factory, Kornilakis tannery and Katsimantis paintworks) within the Technical Cultural Centre, right in the Ermoupolis' industrial zone. A relic from the Greek industrial revolution if ever there was one, this museum houses equipment and machinery related to textile, tannery, food processing and ship building among others, emphasizing the island's commercial success in its hay days.
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Milos boasts a very rich geological makeup, and there is nowhere better to understand its mineral wealth and geology than at the Milos Mining Museum in Adamas. Wonder through many different objects and pictures to read about the mining history and traditions, keeping in mind that mining represents the backbone of the island’s economy rather than tourism. Video presentations and free guided tours upon request are available in this two-floor museum. Open Daily 9.15 am to 13.45 pm and 6.15 pm to 8.45 pm, free admission
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Situated in the walls of a once Catholic school in Naoussa that is centuries old, the museum houses Roman artefacts, Venetian sculptures, religious icons from the 12th century, wooden devotional vessels and much more.
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Very interesting relief works and sculptures by Greek artists are on display here (beside the museum of Yiannoulis Chalepas). Photo: http://www.tinosecret.gr/
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The Museum of Prehistoric Thira displays finds from the famous archaeological site of Akrotiri and from other parts of the island, dating as far back as the Neolithic era and up to the 17th century BC.
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The village of Ysternia features a little museum of local artists. The village also hosts some great old churches (e.g. Agios Athanassios). Photo: http://www.tinosecret.gr/
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Get a taste of the past with mannequins dressed in traditional costumes from different areas of the island. This collection was painstakingly gathered by dedicated Parians who have now put it on display. Old photographs and objects of daily use are also on display. (Open May to September)
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In the centre of Hora, this museum boasts Tinian findings including ancient household objects, vases from the Geometric era, archaic amphorae, dating to the 5th century BC,coins, mosaics and part of the frieze from the altar of Poseidon. Photo: http://www.tinosecret.gr/
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Andros has a strong maritime museum, and this is the place to understand it beautifully. Miniature ships, first steam freighters in Greece and lithographs mingle with old freight contracts, insurance contracts and nautical diaries, some of which date before the 1821 War of Independence.
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Established in 1995 in Ano Syros, the Vamvakaris Museum was originally the house of a local troubadour – Markos Vamvakaris – born there in 1905. The bouzouki and 'rebetika' player, singer and composer inspired a yearly festival that is now held in Ano Syros in his honor. The museum houses his personal effects as well as lyrics, manuscripts, photos and instruments.
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The sophistication of the city of Ermoupolis and how its upper crust used to live is evident at the Velissaropoulos mansion. Intricate ceiling drawings and wall murals betray the strong European influence of this small city, reflected in the intricate artwork of this mansion. The building was designated as a work of art in 1987.
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The Moraitis winemakers in Naoussa have now updated their methods with the budding of the new generation within the family who has taken this traditional yet challenging task upon themselves. This venue is more of a wine-tasting hall complete with multimedia projections while possibly getting delightfully tipsy.
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