Museums

Museums In Greece
“Tsakoniko” Folk Museum, Melana (near Tyros)
Peloponnese / Arkadia

There is a small folk museum in Melana near Tyros.

Acropolis Museum
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

This fascinating museum is a must if you’re visiting Athens. Initially, the residents of Athens looked upon the new Acropolis museum under construction with suspicion.

Aegean Maritime Museum
Cyclades / Mykonos

The Nautical Museum is considered one of the better ones in the Cyclades.

Aghios Nikolaos Archaeological Museum
Crete / Lasithi (Sitia)

Eight rooms, covering the period from Neolithic (Around 3,000BC) to Roman, including the so-called ‘Goddess of Myrtos’ jug, which is worth visiting the museum for, alone. There are also finds here from the palace of Mallia, Siteia and the area of Mirabello.

Agia Anna Museum of Folk art
Evia / Northern Evia

Located in the centre of this popular resort town, the museum houses a variety of items which highlight what life was like throughout the region from the years of Turkish occupation to the present. Among the objects are traditional farming tools, house wares, weapons, handmade weavings and garments as well as a small library and a large number of photographs.

Agia Triada Folklore Museum
Central Greece / Evrytania

Yet another folklore museum that reflects the character, identity and heritage of the area. It will certainly shed light on recent history in this mountainous part of Greece.

Akrolamia Frankish castle, Lamia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

The Frankish castle in Lamia (Akrolamia) dominates the city among stones from an ancient acropolis. Many parts are intact including bastions and walls. Successive repairs took place in Byzantine and medieval times, and the site was inhabited even during the 5th century BC. There’s an archaeological museum in the castle.

Alexander The Great International Foundation, Komvos Litochoro
Macedonia & Thrace / Pieria & Mount Olympus

The non profit organization was created to further the study of Alexander The Great.The foundation’s chief goals include the promotion of health and education, and support for institutions that contribute to the improvement of social, cultural and friendly relations between Greece and other nations. The foundation also aims to maintain the language, history, culture, national identity and traditions of Greeks via the organization of conferences, symposiums, seminars, art and sculpture exhibitions, books and other forms of artistic and intellectual subjects.

Alexandros Papanastassiou Museum, Levidi
Peloponnese / Arkadia

Delve into the life of this local politician and prime minister of Greece from 1924 to 1932. Photographs from his family life, military life and political life are on display, as well as personal belongings, including letters in German and large personal library.

Alkibiades Skoulas Museum, Anoghia
Crete / Rethymnon

A private collection of the works of painter and sculptor, Alkibiades Skoulas, including one depicting the horrors of Nazi atrocities in Anoghia, in 1944. Run now by Alkibiades’ son, Georgios, this is wonderful and moving museum.

Amaliada Folk Art Museum
Peloponnese / Ilia

Housed in a historic neoclassical building, the museum highlights local folk art, as well as manufacturing items both from Greece and abroad, used in the late 19th century. This is a true trip in time.

Antonios Sochos Museum
Cyclades / Tinos

Also part of the Church of Panagia buildings, the museum reveals the life of this well-known scholar from Tinos, with plaster and wood carvings made by the artist.

Archaelogical Museum
Cyclades / Andros

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. Study the impressive scale models from the ancient settlement of Zagora (10th-8th centuries BC) and much more…

Archaeological Collection and Naval Museum of Galaxidi
Central Greece / Fokida

Two museums in one building, the Archaeological Collection of Galaxidi reflects life in antiquity including commerce, burial and more, with findings dating grom the Bronze age to the late antique period. In the same traditional building lies the Naval and Ethnological Museum which reflects the strong ties that this once flourishing maritime town has to the sea. Sea maps, model ships and paintings are on display here, as well as weapons from the war of independence.

Archaeological Collection of Thespies
Central Greece / Viotia

This collection is found in the town hall of the Thespies, where many findings are presented such as those from the archaeological area of the ancient city by the same name, architectural parts of the ancient city’s buildings, sculptures of classical years, and remains from the archaic and the roman years.

Archaeological Collection, Monemvasia
Peloponnese / Laconia

Discover what life was like in this complex fort city, known for its Venetian influence, spiritual significance, Frankish element, Ottoman rule, quality wine, churches, cisterns, hamams and public buildings. Art, pottery, sculpture, coats of arms and much more are at display within the Castle of Monemvasia.

Archaeological Museum
Cyclades / Santorini

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.

Archaeological Museum
Cyclades / Syros

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.

Archaeological Museum
Cyclades / Ios

The archaeological museum of Ios was founded in 1998 and reflects modern museum philosophy. It is situated on the ground floor of the Amiradakio Town Hall. It exhibits findings dating from prehistoric to Roman times.

Archaeological Museum
Cyclades / Serifos

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.

Archaeological Museum
Cyclades / Tinos

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.

Archaeological Museum in Chora Trifilias
Peloponnese / Messinia

The Museum of Hora, is full of great finds, almost all found in archaeological sites in the area. In particular, near Nestor’s Palace, displayed with special care.

Archaeological Museum in Mavromati
Peloponnese / Messinia

Was built between 1968 to 1972. It includes findings of the excavations conducted by the Archaeological Society in ancient Messene(Mavromati).There are exhibited architectural fragments,inscribed limestone slabs and so on.

Archaeological Museum of Agios Kyrikos, Agios Kyrikos
North Aegean / Ikaria

A true gem of the island, this museum is housed in the former junior high school of Ikaria’s capital. The building itself is impressive, as an excellent example of neoclassical architecture dating back to 1925 and featuring unique pediments and a large, marble staircase leading to the main entrance and front yard of the building. Inside, the museum contains over 200 artifacts which have been unearthed throughout the island and the waters surrounding Ikaria. Visitors have the opportunity to see pottery, columns, stone and bronze tools, well-preserved amphoras, pedestals, pillars, clay wares, weapons and other personal objects. The most important of these is the funerary sculpture of Katafygi, a work of an artist from Paros dating back to the Archaic/Early Classical period.

Archaeological museum of Agrinion
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The museum contains finds from the district of Aitolo-akarnania, ranging from the Prehistoric to the Roman periods. It was erected in 1960 and is a donation of the Papastratos brothers.

Archaeological Museum of Aidipsos
Evia / Northern Evia

This small yet interesting exhibit is housed in the same building as the public baths of the municipality. Some noteworthy artefacts include a marble depiction of Hercules and a Roman statue of the demigod. Marble columns from nearby Gialtra dating back to the 4th century are also available for viewing.

Archaeological Museum of Amorgos
Cyclades / Amorgos

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.

Archaeological Museum of Argos
Peloponnese / Argolida

Discover collections from classical and prehistoric times from the area and beyond, dating from 2000 BC to 600 AD. Interesting finds from the Mycenaean and Neolithic periods (from 5000 to 1100 BC) are also on display, thanks to the efforts of the French Archaeological School and the American School of Classical Studies at Lerna.

Archaeological Museum of Atalanti
Central Greece / Fthiotida

Because this region was inhabited for thousands of years, there are many objects to appreciate at this museum. In addition, there is a mausoleum known as Hamaithanasis worth visiting nearby.

Archaeological Museum of Chaironeia
Central Greece / Viotia

Important sculptures from Livadia and Chaironia such as Demeter, Kyveli, a portrait of emperor Hadrian, a stone sphere with reliefs of the sun and moon, and Athena Kranaia can be seen at the museum. There are also ceramics from pre-historic locales around the area, including Mycenaean murals from Orchomenos, weapons and coins from Macedonia and a Theban tomb from the area. Recently more findings from roman, classical and Hellenic times have enriched the museum’s solid collection. Note the fine inscriptions and headstones from the area, and a tomb with a mosaic floor and many other interesting finds.

Archaeological Museum of Corinth
Peloponnese / Korinthia

Wander through Roman exhibits in 3 special showrooms and around the museum’s courtyard. The museum highlights the long history of Corinth starting from the Neolithic era until the Middle Ages.

Archaeological Museum of Delphi
Central Greece / Fokida

One of the most important museums in the country, displaying the history of Delphi and its powerful oracle. Stunning statues, architectural sculpture and gifts to the sanctuary are exhibited. They reflect the political, religious and artistic values of people around Ancient Greece and beyond from the 8th century BC until the late antique period. The greatest finds in this museum include the bronze charioteer from the 5th century BC, the gold and ivory heads of Artemis and Apollo, and the Roman copy of the Navel of the World (another name for Delphi).

Archaeological museum of Dilos
Cyclades / Dilos

The archaeological museum of Delos, was built in 1904 is considered one of the most important museums in Greece. It includes nine rooms with sculptures, bas-reliefs,  mosaics, vessels, jewels, objects of daily use, etc. Noteworthy are the statue of Apollo, the trunk of a Kouros from the temple of Apollo, the marble cluster of Voreas, the statues of Dioskouridis and his spouse Cleopatra, as well as the copper mask of Dionysus.

Archaeological Museum of Eleusis, Elefsina
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

This small archaeological museum boasts finds from the vicinity. Notable finds include the proto-attic amphora from 650 BC, a statue of a running maiden, the Kore from the Ieri Oikia (sacred house) and more.

Archaeological Museum of Epidaurus
Peloponnese / Argolida

While some of the sculptures originally here were moved to the National Archaeological Museum in Athens and replaced by plaster versions, there’s still a lot to see. The museum houses healing inscriptions, hymns and votive sculptures, as well as several architectural parts of monuments from the sanctuary of Asclepius.

Archaeological Museum of Halkida
Evia / Central Evia

Halkida’s Archaeological Museum is one of Evia’s most extensive collections of island’s past. Featuring artefacts from the Neolithic Era down to the Late Roman Empire, visitors are offered a rare and in-depth look at Evia’s history down through the ages.

Archaeological Museum of Isthmia
Peloponnese / Korinthia

Right beside the site where many archaeological treasures were unearthed, this museum features all the finds and outstanding glass tableaus from 375 AD.

Archaeological Museum of Kalymnos (Pothia)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

This new museum will take you on a journey of Kalymnos’ history from its earliest Prehistoric evidence right through to the Byzantium. Amongst the many artifacts, make it a point to admire the famed Kore of Kalymnou statue. The folds of her dress drape to make her seem real and alive. Also admire the Kouros statue.

Archaeological Museum of Kambos, Kambos
North Aegean / Ikaria

Located within the archaeological site of Kambos, this museum contains artefacts from the areas of Kambos (ancient Oinoe), Nas (temple of Tavropolio Artemis), Arethousa, Christos Raches, Proespera and Frantato, among many others. Within the museum’s exhibits, visitors will find pottery, statues, grave goods, sarcophagi, idols and building fragments. Of particular interest is a marble sarcophagus dating back to the Late Archaic period. It’s believed to have been produced in Asia Minor and features carved reliefs of fruit, garlands and roses.

Archaeological Museum of Karystos – Giokalio Institute
Evia / Southern Evia

Karystos’ Archaeological Museum as well as the Giokalio Institute are housed within the same building along the coastal road of Karystos.

Archaeological Museum of Kimolos
Cyclades / Kimolos

The archaeological museum of Kimolos hosts many interesting find from the ancient town of Ellinika. There are spectacular ceramics from the Geometric, Hellenistic and Roman periods.

Archaeological Museum of Kos (Kos Town)
Dodecanese / Kos

This museum houses a stunning collection of statues and mosaics from the Ancient Greek and Roman periods. Make it a point to admire the statue of Hippocrates dating back to the 4thC BC and that of Hermes from the 2ndC BC. Don’t miss the floor mosaic depicting a scene with Hippocrates and the god Asklipios from the 2ndC AD.

Archaeological Museum of Kythera (Chora)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This small museum features artifacts from local digs that range from Neolithic times on. Minoan and Mycenaean relics are on exhibit here as well as a beautiful marble lion dating back to the 6thC BC and a Renaissance statue of Aphrodite and Eros. Please check before visiting as it might be closed for renovations.

Archaeological Museum of Lamia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

Housed in a historic structure itself from the 1830s and built by King Otto, the Archaeological Museum of Lamia will walk you through ancient history from Neolithic times (starting from 6,500 BC) to Helladic/Mycenaean times, then to Geometric, Archaic and Classical/Hellenistic era. Finds from the later include metal objects, pottery, glass, figurines, children’s toys, jewellery, coins and sculptures. This museum is well worth the visit and is the focal point of the city, along with the castle.

Archaeological Museum of Megara
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

Lying 21 km west of Eleusina in Megara, this museum features marble and terracotta finds from the area dating as far back as the 6th century BC up to Roman times. Note the terracotta bust of Demeter, a female statue and a spout with a lion’s head among other interesting artefacts.

Archaeological Museum of Milos
Cyclades / Milos

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.

Archaeological Museum of Mycenae
Peloponnese / Argolida

In the site of Mycenae itself, the museum unveils the life of the Mycenaeans and their burial customs. Curious findings from the graves are exhibited as well as objects from historical years and the Mycenaean civilization in general.

Archaeological Museum of Mykonos
Cyclades / Mykonos

The Archaeological Museum features finds from tombs on the nearby islands of Rineia or Rhenia, along with sculptures, vases and figurines. The town’s Folklore Museum displays interesting collections of icons, furniture, musical instruments and sculptures, among other items of interest.

Archaeological Museum of Mytilini – New Annex
North Aegean / Lesvos

This new building houses a stunning permanent exhibition that aims to guide you through everyday life in ancient Lesvos. Called Lesvos from the Hellenistic to the Roman Era, you’ll get a glimpse of daily home life, the political scene, economic developments and Ancient Greek religious beliefs. Admire the frescoes on display from Roman villas dating back to the 2ndC BC.

Archaeological Museum of Mytilini – Old Annex
North Aegean / Lesvos

You’ll know this museum is a gem as soon as you see the rare artifacts displayed in the beautiful mansion. Admire Prehistoric, Neolithic, Geometric, Archaic, Hellenistic and Roman coins, figurines, ceramics and jewelry as well as the very rare capitals and artifacts from the Ancient Temple of Klopedi and the Aeolian settlement.

Archaeological Museum of Nauplion
Peloponnese / Argolida

Erected in 1713 by the Venetian Provider Sagredos, the museum features Mesolithic and Palaeolithic finds from as far back as 8000 BC. Some of these hail from the caves of Kefalari and Frachti and Kefalari, in addition to early Helladic finds from Asini, Tiryns and Berbati (2nd millennium BC.). There are also Mycenaean or late Helladic finds from different areas of the Peloponnese as well as from the Geometric era. Archaic and Roman finds are also in the museum, making it a very diverse one that is worth visiting.

Archaeological Museum of Nemea
Peloponnese / Korinthia

Right on site, the museum focuses on finds of the area and sheds light on its history, complementing the site where sadly not much remains.

Archaeological Museum of Olympia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Olympia boasts a sophisticated new museum containing some very old pieces indeed. Press the Read More link to discover its riches…

Archaeological Museum of Pythagoreion
North Aegean / Samos

Statues, columns, sarchophagus, and beautiful pottery are just a few of the finds exhibited at the museum, located in the city centre of Pythagorion, next to the site of the ancient town of Samos. The museum presents the historical course of the island, from the 5th millennium BC until the 7th century AD. Major exhibits include a seated statue dedicated Aiakos Hera (540 BC), the 2.7m tall statue of Emperor, and large marble sarcophagus’ from the second half of the 6th century BC, as well as a marble portrait of Augustus and one of Claudius from the Roman era.

Archaeological Museum of Rethymnon
Crete / Rethymnon

A small, splendid museum opposite Rethymnon’s fortezza, covering pre and ancient history from neolithic, through Minoan, Doric, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman. Note fine examples of Minoan larnakes, Roman statues and a fabulous ancient coin collection.

Archaeological Museum of Schimatari
Central Greece / Viotia

Constructed in 1890, this is the earliest museum in Viotia. It contains findings from the cemeteries of Tanagra or which had been retrieved in the field, and also finds from the first excavations conducted by the Archaeological Society. A large number of grave stelae where practically the only remains from illegal excavations. The exquisite clay figurines were smuggled outside the country in the early 1870s. Today the recently renovated museum reveals the art of Tanagra over time, important inscriptions and objects from prehistoric times to the early Christian period.

Archaeological Museum of Skyros
Evia / Skyros

The island is rich with finds dating from 2,800 BC to the 1st Century AD. Amazing pottery from the Helladic, Mycenaean, Protogeometric and Geometric periods are on display. Ancient jewellery, vases and statues are also impressive. Many artefacts are from the site of Palamari.

Archaeological Museum of Sparta
Peloponnese / Laconia

The archaeological museum of Sparta features important exhibits from ancient times with exhibits from the sacred temples of Chalkiikou Athena and Orthia Artemida, as well as ancient Spartan frescoes.

Archaeological museum of Tegea
Peloponnese / Arkadia

See neolithic and early bronze-age items from Agiorgitika and Asea, as well as sculptures from the temple of Alea Athena at Tegea and the area. Small objects from the temple are also found, plus inscriptions from the archaic to the byzantine era, and reliefs form early Christian/Byzantine times (Episkopi Tegeas).

Archaeological Museum of Thebes
Central Greece / Viotia

Rare collections from around Viotia outline local civilization from Palaeolithic to post-Byzantine eras. There is also a medieval Frankish tower in the museum’s courtyard, once part of a castle erected by Nicholas II de Saint Omer, Archon of Thebes in 1278. The city’s northern gates may have stood at the very spot.

Archaeological Museum of Thyrreion, Vonitsa
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The museum contains funerary stelae and other finds, mainly from the cemeteries of ancient Thyrreion and Anaktorion and various finds from the region of modern Vonitsa. Noteworthy are the marble funerary relief from the 4th century BC and an inscribed stele on the alliance between Thyrreans and Romans from 94 BC.

Archaeological Museum of Vathi
North Aegean / Samos

The island’s archaelogical museum is located in the heart of the main town, and housed in two buildings: the old museum (Paschaleio archive center) and the new museum. It holds collections from various eras, but chiefly the Archaic period. The most famous among the numerous impressive exhibits at the museum is a giant marble statue of a kouros, or young man, unearthed at the Heraion, which is dated to the 6th century BC and stands at 5,5m high.

Archaeological Museum, Mystras
Peloponnese / Laconia

Mystras also has an archaeological museum in a traditional building within part of the Agios Dimitrios cathedral. The collection features ceramics, frescoes, sculptures and coins, as well as Byzantine fabrics and icons.

Archaeological Museum, Old Town
Crete / Hania

Situated inside a gorgeous Venetian church that has since seen itself reinvented as a mosque and a movie theatre, the archaeological museum has a number of beautifully maintained collections from the Neolithic to the Roman era including pottery.

Archaeological Museum, Pylos
Peloponnese / Messinia

It’s exhibits belong to the Mycenaean age, the Archaic, the Hellenistic but also the Roman times. Impressive are the Burial pithos from Koukoynara and the investment warrior helmets from boar’s teeth, which is a common feature of the soldier-warrior of the Achaeans.

Archaeological Museum, Thermo
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

If you’re an ancient history buff, you’ll certainly enjoy the Mycenaean pots, inscriptions, clay figurines, Roman steles and other objects found in the regions of Chryssovitsa, as well as the temple of Apollo Thermios in ancient Calydon.

Archaeological Museum, Tripoli
Peloponnese / Arkadia

Housed in a neoclassical building – formerly a hospital – designed by Ernst Ziller, the museum boasts 7000 finds from Arkadia, including prehistoric, Mycenaean, geometric, archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman artefacts. Clay idols, jars, children’s toys, figurines, glass, pottery, votive reliefs…

Archeological museum of Karpathos, Pigadia
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Let this little museum dating from the Italian occupation of the island before WWII take you back thousands of years in time. Situated in a classical building, this museum boasts objects from prehistoric times up to the Neolithic era.

Archeological Museum, Avdera
Macedonia & Thrace / Xanthi

The first level of this historic museum focuses on the history of the city and relics excavated nearby. Another section covers mythology, research and books written by ancient writers from Xanthi. There are old maps too. Ancient artifacts of public and private life in Xanthi as well as grave sites.

Archives of the Catholic Bishopric
Cyclades / Tinos

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.

Aristeon Ecological Olive Press
Ionian Islands / Zakynthos (Zante)

Aristeon means excellence in Greek, and the Aristeon Ecological Olive Press certainly lives up to its name, complete with an olive oil museum, a tasting section and olive soap.

Arkadi Monastery Museum, Ambatos
Crete / Rethymnon

There is a museum attached to the monastery, the scene of the self-destruction by monks, in 1866, which killed not only the Greeks inside, but a fair proportion of the 10,000 Turks who surrounded the monastery.

Art Gallery Church of Panagia
Cyclades / Tinos

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.

Art Space Gallery & Winery
Cyclades / Santorini

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.

Astros Museum
Peloponnese / Arkadia

The Astros Museum has exhibits of inscriptions from the villa of Herod Atticus (on the site of the Loukou Convent), marble statues of gods from the Classical period, inscriptions, pottery, small items from various periods, etc.

Athanasakeio Archaeological Museum, Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

This is the most important in the region, dating from 1909. It features collections from prehistory to Roman years, such as ceramics, statues, bone tools and weapons. A collection of Neolithic figurines, clay models and vases, as well as gold jewellery are on display. Coins from Thessaly and other parts of the ancient Greek world are on display. A Mycenaean model of a chariot from the 13th Century BC, a gold necklace from ancient Pelinneon (3rd century BC) and representation of a tomb from the Protogeometric period (1050-900 BC) are also on display.

Athanassios & Mary Akrida History and Folklore Museum, Sperchiada
Central Greece / Fthiotida

Covering the history of the region through its many exhibits, this museum houses photographs household and work-related articles and items from bygone days, as well as old weapons, jewelry, religious items and more. The collection is quite extensive.

Athens Railway Museum, Sepolia
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

The train enthusiast will enjoy historic trains, 19th century steam locomotives, the Royal car of Greece’s King George I and the Sultan’s smoking wagon from days of the Ottoman Empire. Other objects of curiosity abound. (To get there, take bus 24 from Syntagma to the Parktoreia stop).

Banknote Museum (Iroon Kypriakou Agona Square)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Greece’s banknotes reflect its geopolitical history as you’ll see in this interesting museum. Here you’ll also admire the country’s first banknote, early bank documents and one of the world’s first banknotes from 14th Century China. And you can find out how money is printed.

Barbagiannis Museum of Ouzo (Plomari Town)
North Aegean / Lesvos

This museum is a must-see for any ouzo lover. You’ll get a peek into the distillation process for this famous Greek drink which is a trademark product of Lesvos. Find out how it impacted the local economy, and get a deeper appreciation of the fine art of spices and their uses in ouzo.

Benakeion Archaeological Museum of Kalamata
Peloponnese / Messinia

Housed in a mid 19th century edifice on the corner of Papazoglou and Benaki streets, the museum features a solid collection of photographs, maps, models and more that help the visitor grasp different aspects of ancient history and culture in the area.

Benaki Islamic Art Museum
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

In a lovely neoclassical building near Agion Asomaton Square, this museum highlights the artistic accomplishments of a religion that affected Greece for four centuries. Amazing geometrical art and floral designs will great you, as well as surgical instruments from the 19th century.

Benaki Museum, Downtown Athens
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

This is one of the most prominent museums in Greece in a stunning neoclassical building with vast collections, from the prehistoric to the 20th century. Roman, byzantine, Frankish, Ottoman and war of independence are all covered here. The great coffee shop is added bonus.

Bezesteni Archaeological Museum, Serres
Macedonia & Thrace / Serres

In operation since 1970 in the old 15-century six-domed Turkish textile market, the museum has finds from the Neolithic, Bronze, Hellenistic and Roman eras and Byzantium. One of only two remaining Ottoman-era “bezesteni” (textile) markets in Greece.

Birbilis Folk & Copper Museum, Tripoli
Peloponnese / Arkadia

The museum contains a rich collection of folklore pieces, the main ones being bronze handmade utensils from Tripolitsa, the historical name of Tripoli.

Byzantine and Christian Museum, Downtown
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

Discover the Byzantine and Christian way of live through paintings, icons, frescos and objects collected over hundreds of years. Insight into how ancient, pagan and early Christian periods were linked through symbols and ideas.

Byzantine Museum (in Antivouniotissa Church in Mouragia)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

A beautiful 15th Century basilica boasts interesting religious icons from the 15th-19th Century. The church is an excellent example of Corfu’s unique religious architecture, while artifacts showcase the role Corfu played in preserving the field of religious art as many Cretan artists fled to Corfu.

Byzantine Museum of Kythera (Analipsi Church in Kato Livadi village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This collection features a rare number of Byzantine artifacts, including mosaics, murals and icons.

Byzantine Museum of Religious Art of Mytilini
North Aegean / Lesvos

Take a tour of the island’s religious past, and admire ancient icons, bishop’s robes, illuminated manuscripts and antique chalices. It’s worth visiting as the island is known for its many monasteries and central churches – religious centers that attract tourists from all over.

Casa Romana (Grigoriou the 5th St. Kos Town)
Dodecanese / Kos

You’ll feel like you stepped back in time and into the living room of a home belonging to a Kos official from the Roman period. An exact replica, you’ll walk through the 36 stunningly decorated rooms and into three atriums. There are beautiful and colorful mosaics of dolphins and leopards as well as votive altars adorning the home. Just outside you’ll find the remains of the Roman baths.

Centre for Wild Orchids in North Pelion
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

If you’re into studying nature, you’re going to love this gem of a place. The Centre for Research and Protection of Wild Orchids in Northern Pelion was established in 2012 and lies in the old school of the village of Kerasia, not far from Lake Karla.

Centre for Wild Orchids in North Pelion
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

If you’re into studying nature, you’re going to love this gem of a place. The Centre for Research and Protection of Wild Orchids in Northern Pelion was established in 2012 and lies in the old school of the village of Kerasia, not far from Lake Karla.

Children’s Museum and Academy of Xanthi
Macedonia & Thrace / Xanthi

Located in Oikomeni-Sindina. It has a large selection of Children’s dolls and books. The museum is involved in a World Biennale for Children’s Art where 340,000 children participate from 140 countries to win the best art piece.

Christos and Sofia Moschandreou Art Gallery
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Housed in an old building from 1835 in Mesolongi, this gallery-cum-museum houses significant sculptures and paintings tied to Greece and its history.

Contemporary Museum of Art, Rethymnon
Crete / Rethymnon

Featuring the works of Lefteris Kanakakis, this wonderful museum is close enough to the archaeological museum to combine the two. Housed in a Venetian building later used as a soap factory, Kanakis works are prominent, but there are sketches by other contemporary Greek artists.

Corfu Archaeological Museum
North Aegean / Corfu (Kerkyra)

The museum’s exhibitions span the island’s archaeological history and feature the oldest surviving Greek pediment from the Temple of Artemis Gorgon, the exquisite Lion of Menecrates, and the busts of the historian Thucydides and the dramatist Menander. Other interesting artifacts include household tools and medical apparatus.

Corfu Reading Society (120 Kapodistriou St.)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

The Reading Society of Corfu constitutes one of the most important academic institutions in modern Greece. The first of its kind, it was founded in 1836 by illustrious Greek scholars of the period. The Society houses an important collection of books, maps, artwork and newspapers.

Cretan Folklore Museum
Crete / Hania

The Folklore Museum in Crete is located in Gavalohori in a beautifully renovated building that includes a wonderful array of pieces of exquisite craftsmanship including weavings, pottery, woodcarvings and fine works of lace.

Cyclades Olive Museum
Cyclades / Andros

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.

Cycladic Museum
Cyclades / Syros

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.

Dion Archaeological Museum
Macedonia & Thrace / Pieria & Mount Olympus

Located in the present-day settlement of Dion, only 500 meters from the entrance of the archaeological space, the museum displays finds from various excavations over the years. The finds have been organized according to the areas from which they were excavated on the site, and include discoveries from ancient Pydna and other archaeological spots in Pieria. In the basement visitors can watch an educational film titled «Daily Life in Ancient Dion», and screenings of audiovisual materials related to ancient Dion and Olympus.

Distomo Archaeological Collection
Central Greece / Viotia

The ancient Phocean city of Ambrossos, located now where Distomo is and beyond, features many findings from the Mycenaean up to the Early Christian era. The findings are on display at the old primary school, a preserved stone building from 1903. There’s also a photo exhibition from the Nazi massacre in 1944.

Domnitsa Folklore and History Museum
Central Greece / Evrytania

A generous archive of photographs and a lot of old objects will enlighten you on how people used to live here. A visit to this museum will strengthen your connection to this magical area of Greece.

Drakotripa Museum, Mouzaki region
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Drakotripa was known for its sword-smiths in the Ottoman era, followed by stonemasons called Koudari, who spoke their own language like most masons of Epiros. The village has a museum with a library and exhibits from the 18th-19th centuries. There is also a working watermill in Drakotripa worth visiting.

Ecclesiastic and Byzantine Museum
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

Housed within the old cells of the Monastery of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, it contains a collection featuring objects found in religious ceremonies and traditions. Most impressive is an icon of the Virgin Mary “Rodo Amarando” dating back to 1774.

Ecclesiastical Museum at Serres
Macedonia & Thrace / Serres

Housed on the 2nd floor of the region’s Orthodox diocese, the museum’s exhibits include religious vestments, Byzantine artifacts, crucifixes, illustrated Gospels and carved chancel screens from monasteries and churches of the greater area of Serres and Nigrita.

Ecclesiastical Museum of Arnados
Cyclades / Tinos

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.

Ecclesiastical Museum of Milos
Cyclades / Milos

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.

Ecological – Folklore Museum of Folegandros
Cyclades / Folegandros

The Ecomuseum at Ano Meria, Folegandros, was opened in the summer of 1988. It presents the way of life of a rural homestead in days gone by and its form is best understood by briefly describing its spatial, social and economic context, divorced from the historic past of the island which, in general terms, was much the same as that of the other nearby islands of the Lesser Cyclades. Throughout all periods Folegandros was of marginal importance, a non-participant in the political and cultural developments of Hellenism, a tiny insignificant island lost among the waves of the Aegean. This was largely due to its isolated location and the configuration of its terrain.

Efpalio Folklore Museum
Central Greece / Fokida

If you’re in Efpalio, you can visit the folk art or popular art museum which reflects the works and handicrafts of the people of this area.

Emin Aga Inn (Near Melia Village)
Epirus / Ioannina

Throughout the Louros River Valley in the southern area of the region, there are several preserved inns dating back to when the area was frequently travelled through by caravans and horse-drawn carriages. The most famous of all is the Emin Aga Inn, which acted as the headquarters of the Greek army stationed throughout Epirus during the fight for the liberation of northern Greece from the Turks. After nearly two years of fighting, the Turkish troops surrendered and signed a treaty here, and in 1913, the Greek army liberated Ioannina. The Inn stands near the banks of the Louros River west of the village Melia and today houses the War of 1912-1913 museum.

Ethnological Museum of Thrace
Macedonia & Thrace / Xanthi

Copperware and ceramic exhibits from the last 200 years, when the craftsmen from Constantinople were considered to be the best. Handmade pottery from the local region is a wonderful example of the artisans of the day from Xanthi.

Folk and Historic Museum of Milos
Cyclades / Milos

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.

Folk and History Museum in Krioneri
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Krioneri is a village sited on the beautiful plateau of Nevropoli next to Lake Plastira. The village has a Folk and Historical Museum for those interested in learning more about its history. Exhibits include artefacts from its history.

Folk Art Museum of Leontito
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Leontito in the Athamanon region, surrounded by fir forest and fruit trees, lies at an altitude of 1,000 meters and is 40 km from Mouzaki. The remodelled Public School Building at the village centre is today used as a Library and Folk Art Museum.

Folk Art Museum of Patras
Peloponnese / Achaia

The Folk Art Museum is housed in one of the more venerable buildings in the famed Skagiopouleio neighbourhood known for its wartime orphanage. Embark on a trip into Greek city and country life of decades past, with a vigorous mix of folkloric items that unveil a totally different era in this part of the world.

Folk Museum in Moschato
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

In Moschato which lies in the Plastiras municipality, there is a folk museum of local renown.

Folk Museum of Kollines
Peloponnese / Arkadia

This folk museum focuses on the daily lives of past generations who lived in the area. Old tools and different household items are on display, including clothing, embroidery, photographs and more.

Folk museum of Loutro
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Loutro is an old village of Menelaides Township located 20 km from Karditsa at an altitude of 247 metres. The Community Centre of Loutro contains an exhibition hall and museum of local antiques and traditional tools.

Folk Museum of Manari
Peloponnese / Arkadia

In the community of Manari (Mantineia), this little museum exhibits textiles, local costumes, tools and other traditional paraphernalia like an old curiosity shop. It has been operating since 1974.

Folk Museum of Moloha
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Moloha has a Folk Museum open all year round that displays antique artefacts and tools.

Folk Museum of Partheni
Peloponnese / Arkadia

In the renovated old primary school of Partheni there is a folk museum that has tools and items used in the not-too-distant past by the locals. It includes objects and tools of everyday life such us woven embroidery, jewellery, local costumes, agricultural tools, and decorative items for the house. There are also documents and letters with texts about the traditions and history of the area.

Folk Museum of Piana
Peloponnese / Arkadia

Right on the village square in an old house lies this folk museum housing. The museum is divided into two sections. In the first there are traditional items of daily use and tools, reflecting also the agricultural life of local families in the recent past. Old household items and traditional paraphernalia are on display. In the second part there are ecclesiastical utensils, pictures of candles and samples of the military equipment of the Greek Revolutionary Fighters of 1821.

Folk Museum of Portitsa
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

There’s an interesting folk museum in Portitsa near Mitropoli that has exhibits of traditional tools and handicrafts.

Folk Museum of the Nikolaos Dimitriou Cultural Center
North Aegean / Samos

At this museum visitors can revisit the way of life of Samos residents leading up to WWII. The museum is separated into thematic units presenting the professions held in that era, professions such as those of the shepard, fisherman, cobbler, and most importantly for the island, the farmer and agricultural work.Parallel to this exhibition the visitor has the chance to explore the Monokamaro (one room) traditional home and see how people on the island experienced their daily life. Traditional handicrafts, men’s and women’s costumes, baby clothes and cribs and other household furniture and decor items are all included among the valuable and telling exhibits.

Folklore & Historical Museum, Kolindros
Macedonia & Thrace / Pieria & Mount Olympus

Housed in an impressive 19th Century mansion that belonged to Panayiotis Galatsopoulos, the museum, founded in 1992, is located in Kolindros’ historical center. Visitors can look at a collection of photographs, texts and objects related to the cultural and folklore traditions of Kolindros and the wider Macedonian region throughout the ages. Rare objects, hand-written books, household items, educational texts and handicrafts are shown here, revealing interesting aspects of the locals’ social and family life.

Folklore and Archeological Museum of Arkasa
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Recent history and ancient history come together in this tiny museum right in the center of the village of Arkasa. It holds archeological finds from the acropolis of Arkasa and the Church of Agia Anastasia (today the Church of Agia Sophia).

Folklore Bread Museum, Amfikleia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

Here’s an original museum for bread lovers. The Folklore Bread Museum located in Amfikleia will surprise you with shapes, types and sizes of different breads.

Folklore Institution V. Papantoniou, Nauplio
Peloponnese / Argolida

This Institution has focused on the research, study and preservation of Peloponnesian culture – as well as Greek culture overall. Research results and scientific conclusions relating to culture are revealed at the institution.

Folklore Museum
Cyclades / Tinos

In the village of Komi in the middle of the island, there is a cultural museum that delves into the culture of the area.

Folklore Museum in Anatoli
Central Greece / Fthiotida

Learn about the area’s past through the items and articles on display at this modest local museum and show your interest in the area by paying tribute to the efforts of the locals to set up this modest museum.

Folklore Museum of Agios Kyrikos, Agios Kyrikos
North Aegean / Ikaria

Housed in the former cultural centre of the island, the Folklore Museum of Agios Kyrikos showcases a large collection of noteworthy objects, such as traditional costumes, textiles and various every day items which bring the island’s cultural tradition back to life, both for visitors and Ikaria’s younger generations.

Folklore Museum of Agios Polikarpou
North Aegean / Ikaria

This small Museum of Agios Polikarpou is located in the eponymous village within the area of Raches. It includes a small selection of important, cultural artefacts.

Folklore Museum of Aitolikos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Found at the entrance to the little ‘isand’ in a stone-build little building that was once an olive mill, it houses objects, tools and clothes that formed part of everyday life in Aitoliko over the last two centuries.

Folklore Museum of Andritsena
Peloponnese / Ilia

Discover some 4000 objects and artefacts related to the life on the mountains around Olympia. From tools used for traditional crafts to heirlooms and manuscripts, learn about recent history in these parts, including wars.

Folklore Museum of Corinth
Peloponnese / Korinthia

This museum showcases silverwork, woodwork, embroidery, furniture, tools and more from the early 19th century to the 20th century. See male & female costumes from different parts of Greece, plus a library with books from the 17th-19th centuries.

Folklore Museum of Fthiotida, Lamia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

This museum has salvaged and recovered numerous objects that have to do with the customs and traditions of the region. In conjunction with the Women’s Association in Lamia, the museum houses tools, costumes, embroidery, utensils and many other items that are part of rural life in Central Greece. Get ready for a vast collection of embroidery, textiles, utensils, costumes and a variety of tools, as well as magazines, newspapers and archives from Lamia. See what Greek life was like in the not-too-distant past.

Folklore Museum of Halkida
Evia / Central Evia

Housed in a restored Venetian fortification, Halkida’s Folklore Museum offers visitors a chance to see what country and city life was like long ago.

Folklore Museum of Karia (Karia Village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This beautiful museum housed in a traditional Lefkadan home honors the creativity and vitality of Maria Standraka and her unique Karsaniko embroidery style. She created this stitch after a terrible accident that paralyzed her hand, and in this museum you’ll be able to admire embroidery created by her. You’ll also be introduced to household items and the Lefkadan layout.

Folklore Museum of Karystos
Evia / Southern Evia

In the centre of Karystos, a restored family mansion which belonged to the Moskhona family houses a wide range of items dating back decades ago. The items were donated by H. B. Deligiorgi and include traditional costumes and clothing, tapestries, antique furniture, farming tools and a large number of old photographs.

Folklore Museum of Kontomihio (Kavalos village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Ever wonder what tools were needed in now-extinct professions? This unique folklore museum boasts a variety of artifacts relating to occupations no longer being practiced in Lefkada, including tools used by copper-workers and cobblers. You’ll also be able to admire a traditional Lefkadan home with furniture.

Folklore Museum of Kymi
Evia / Central Evia

Housed in a three-storey neoclassical building in the centre of town, Kymi’s Folklore museum has been characterised as one of the best museums of its kind throughout Greece.

Folklore Museum of Mikro Pantavrehei
Central Greece / Evrytania

This is a delightful village and its modest museum hosts all sorts of oddities that mirror the life of the local populace over the years. A side trip to the Folklore Museum will put you right in the ambiance of the village where time stood still.

Folklore Museum of Platanos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Here’s a good array of tools and objects of everyday life, including looms, guns, musical instruments, books, lamps, costumes, weights and other odd stuff that have mostly been left behind by modern society. In this village, however, they seem perfectly in place and offer a moving experience of life as we once knew it.

Folklore Museum of Psachna
Evia / Central Evia

Take a step back in time on entering the Folklore Museum of Psachna located within a restored building in the centre of Psachna.

Folklore Museum of the Greek School (Lykion Ellinidon), Serres
Macedonia & Thrace / Serres

The museum has a permanent exhibit of traditional costumes, buckles, belts and jewelry as well as folklore artefacts.

Folklore Museum of the Pontian Union, Katerini
Macedonia & Thrace / Pieria & Mount Olympus

The Pontian Union, founded in 1928, created this museum in 1990 to exhibit approximately 600 items of cultural, social, folklore and historical resonance. Among the items on display presenting the Pontian way of life are traditional costumes, household objects, rooms decorated with Pontian furnishings and decor items, photographs, weavings, and handicrafts. The impressive collection is permanently housed on the second floor of the Pieria Pontian Union building in the center of Katerini, behind the municipal park.

Folklore Museum of Vouzio, Domokos
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In the municipality of Domokos there is the modest Folklore Museum of Vouzio that sheds light on traditions and customs of the area.

Folklore Museum of Vrakadon, Vrakades
North Aegean / Ikaria

The Folklore Museum of Vrakadon can be found in the northwestern area of the island known as Raches, in the village of Vrakades.It was founded by Ikarian scholars from Athens and displays the history and heritage of the island via a wide variety of traditional household wares, as well as old agricultural and bee-keeping tools. Visitors can also examine original documents dating back to the revolutionary period, as well as impressive objects from the church of Profitis Ilias in Vrakades, as well as the Monastery of Evangelismos in Mavrianos. Those wanting to visit the museum need to contact the museum’s board ahead of time.

Folklore Museum, Elatochori
Macedonia & Thrace / Pieria & Mount Olympus

The Elatochori Folklore Museum is housed in a hall within the Cultural Center, showing through its exhibition a variety of objects representing the daily life of residents during the old times. It is organized according to different aspects of this theme, displaying household items, functional objects, tools, precious family heirlooms that were donated to the museum and more.

Folklore Museum, Menetes
Dodecanese / Karpathos

The attractive village of Menetes not far from Pigadia unveils a range of household and agricultural paraphernalia, including traditional machines built by old ironmongers and carpenters.

Folklore Museum, Nees Karies
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

Created in 2010 by members of the Nea Karion Women’s Association, the Folklore Museum presents aspects of the village’s cultural and social life over the past two centuries. Household items, handicrafts, agricultural tools, religious statues and traditional costumes all grace the exhibition space, while the museum also displays a photo exhibition and paintiungs by Dinos Giotopoulos.

Folklore Museum, Othos
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Another tiny museum that is magical in a way, combining mosaic floors with hand embroidered material, woodwork, rugs, furniture, traditional art and household objects. Kids will love it too!

Folklore, History and Philology Museum, Agrinio
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Located in Agrinio and established by the prefecture’s Women’s Association, the museum covers everything 100 years between 1921-1920. This is a more cultural folklore museum covering local city life as well, touching on currency, philology, religious artefacts, history, local handicrafts and farming.

Folkloric and Religious Art Museum
Cyclades / Andros

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).

Folkloric Museum
Cyclades / Serifos

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.

Geological History Museum Olympus
Macedonia & Thrace / Pieria & Mount Olympus

The family run museum educates visitors on Mount Olympus’s history in terms of its geological evolution. Exhibition items include rocks and minerals sourced from Mount Olympus and fossils from the neighboring area, while also showcasing the flora and fauna of Mt Olympus. Visitors can also explore the sky above Leptokarya through the museum’s telescope.

Geological Museum in Anavryti
Peloponnese / Laconia

In Anavryti within the municipality of Mystras, there is a neo-classical building (once the area’s Primary School) which is home to a geological museum featuring a photographic exhibition of Taygetos’ local flora, as well as geological curiosities and rocks. If you are a nature lover, this museum is for you!

Geological Museum of Apeiranthos
Cyclades / Naxos

The geological museum of Apiranthos sheds light on the geological richness of the island.

Georgakis Olympios Folklore Museum of Vlachs
Macedonia & Thrace / Serres

This 3-storey museum in Serres proper highlights traditional dances and musical instruments, while the second floor has a representation of a typical reception hall from a Vlach home, with furniture and hand embroidery.

Georgios Iakovidis Digital Art Museum (Hidera Village)
North Aegean / Lesvos

Lesvos boasts one of the few digital art museums in Europe, so take some time and explore this one-of-a-kind exhibition. Not only will you be able to admire great works of art lit in a way that lets you see colors as vividly as they appeared when first painted, but the Museum also houses original art by Iakovidis himself, who is Greece’s most famous artist.

Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art, Downtown
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

An amazing collection of art from the Cyclades islands, from as far back as the 3rd millennium BC. Bronze Age, Minoan, Mycenaean, Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic art is represented through artefacts, figures, ceramics and more.

Goulandris Museum of Modern Art
Cyclades / Andros

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.

Grammatiko Folk Museum
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Grammatiko is a village on the plains of Thessaly within the Municipality of Tamasi. It is 32 kilometres from Karditsa and just 9 km from Leontari. There is an impressive folk art museum in the Community Centre.

Gramophone Museum (Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This one-of-a-kind museum is unique in Greece and features antique gramophones, the island’s first radio, old records and antique cameras. Copies of the first issue of The Ionian newspaper can also be viewed.

Granitsa Folklore Museum
Central Greece / Evrytania

Book collections, artisanal objects, folk are and more grace the floors of this museum. If you’re in Granitsa, take a peek into the past by visiting this place and see how different life was here compared practically to anywhere else.

Gravia Museum, Gravia
Central Greece / Fokida

In the village of Gravia, the Gravia Inn has become a museum that shows how the Greeks succeeded in their revolution against Ottoman occupation. There are also graves of World War I soldiers in the town.

Hadzilia Folklore Museum of Peninsula Aemos, Serres
Macedonia & Thrace / Serres

This museum is devoted to the study of the history and peoples of the entire Balkan peninsula (called Aemos in ancient times). A private museum opened in 1998, on show are a wide range of decorative objects, jewelry, instruments, religious icons and vestments, military uniforms and weapons and traditional costumes.

Hellinomouseion, Zagora
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Zagora is known for its silk and textiles, which merchants sent out on ‘Zagoras ships’ across the Mediterranean and Black Sea. The village has great mansions and the Hellinomouseion building founded in 1702, an old school of language, science, philosophy, etc. Noteworthy too is the Public Library of Zagora.

Herakleion Archaeological Museum
Crete / Herakleion

In terms of artefacts, this is one of the world’s great museums, though at the time of writing, it’s housed in a temporary building which is far too small to display the richness of Crete’s extraodinary past.

Herakleion Municipal Art Museum
Crete / Herakleion

Can be found next to the Loggia and opposite the Morosini fountain. Housed in the old Basilica of Saint Mark (see landmarks) Cretan artists’ – such as: Christos Sarakatsianos, Maria Fiorakis and George Manousakis – works are displayed here.

Historic Archives – Museum of Hydra
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This museum houses objects from the Balkan, First and Second World Wars. A gallery featuring oil and water paintings of war ships done by well-known artists can be found on the first floor.

Historical & Folklore Museum of Kalamata
Peloponnese / Messinia

Enjoy exhibits pertaining to rural life and traditions, from weaving and farming to art and pottery. There are even examples of bookbinding and presswork, in addition to a replica of a traditional coffee shop and pre-industrial life.

Historical & Folklore Museum, Portaria
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

Housed in the Zoulia mansion, the museum presents artefacts on the economic and cultural development of the area from 1900 and to the mid 20th century.

Historical and Ethnological Museum, Livadia
Central Greece / Viotia

The old factory in Maglara features a watermill, flour mill and cotton gin. Locals used to wash their woven carpets there as well. The museum now displays tools and household objects from yesteryear, used for weaving, farming, etc. One room shows the works of writer and historian Takis Lappas who hails from Livadia.

Historical and Folklore Museum of Limni
Evia / Northern Evia

Housed in a beautifully restored neoclassical mansion dating back to 1880, this collection is a living monument to Limni’s past. The dwelling is decorated with antique furniture and appears as a sort of time machine into the past, featuring everyday items from centuries before.

Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymnon
Crete / Rethymnon

Another wonderful museum packed with interesting costumes, tapestries. looms, etc, along with lacework from Anoghia, and examples of basket-weaving from Myxorrouma near Spili, where this traditional art is still practiced. Closed Sundays and winter.

Historical Folklore Museum (Sinarades village)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

If you want to get a feel of what village life was like in Corfu, stroll through this museum. You’ll find a replica of a village homestead, as well as agricultural equipment, traditional Corfiot costumes and examples of Corfu’s ceramic objects.

Historical Museum of Crete, Herakleion
Crete / Herakleion

Founded in 1953, this Museum includes amongst its wealth of Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman displays, the only painting in Crete of its favourite son, Domenicos Theotokopoulos (or El Greco), called, “View of Mount Sinai and the Monastery”.

Historical Museum of the Ancient Olympic Games
Peloponnese / Ilia

This museum exhibits pieces mainly from the sacred temple of Dios in Olympia. The most important ones are gold seal-rings depicting the Olympic Games, bronze and terracotta geometric warriors and much more. Among the museum’s collection are chariot idols from Olympia symbolizing the harness racing, objects used by the athletes or related to the Games. Also important are the inscriptions on the bases of the statues of athletes, the stone and bronze signs, the bronze statuettes of athletes as well as the pottery with drawings of the athletes during the Games.

Historical-Ethnological Museum of Patras
Peloponnese / Achaia

This museum features rare editions of books, newspapers as far back as 1875, historic magazines and valuable documents. The latter includes the first address of the 3rd National Assembly of the Greeks, sent in 1827 to Ioannis Kapodistrias, the country’s prime minister, just as Patras was gaining its independence.

House of Kolokotroni, Libovissi
Peloponnese / Arkadia

This museum is found in on old stone house built in a traditional style. It is accessible from the village of Chrissovitsi.

Iakovatos Mansion (Lixouri Town)
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

This stunning 19thC mansion survived the earthquake and stands proud, a testament to Kefallonia’s past. Explore the beautiful library with unique Fatnomata features in the ceiling and wander through the museum to admire antiques, rare Byzantine icons and many illuminated manuscripts.

Ierapetra Museum
Crete / Lasithi (Sitia)

Ierapetra was an incredibly important site, especially during the Hellenistic and Roman periods (323 BC to 395AD), and this museum reflects that. It also has a rather impressive array of Minoan and post-Minoan artefacts as well, including a clay burial chest, known as a larnax, figures and vases dating back to the 8th and 9th centuries BC, and some rather impressive statues. There is also the obligatory coin collection, which is as impressive as you’d expect given that Ierapetra is known to have minted 44 different coins

Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, Acropolis
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

The art of jewellery at its best over 4000 years. Located at the foot of the Acropolis, it has jewellery inspired by byzantine, Greek, European, American and Asian art, as well as nature and science. The building is historic too and a walk from the Acropolis Metro.

Industrial Museum
Cyclades / Syros

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.

Information Centre for the Lesser Kestrel
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

Learn more about the lesser kestrel! An information centre about this wondrous bird funded by the EU LIFE programme (LIFE+ 11 ΝΑΤ/GR/001011) was established beside the local high school in the village of Kanalia, not far from Lake Karla.

International Hippocratic Foundation of Kos (outside Kos Town)
Dodecanese / Kos

This living museum is a tribute to the herbal remedies discovered and administered by Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine and a native of Kos. Sprawling gardens feature natural herbs to treat everything from colds to mental health problems. Rare species can also be found here. Take a tour of the museum featuring busts of Hippocrates and important texts from the 17thC.

Jewish Museum, Plaka
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

This museum in a neoclassical building features an exhibition about Jewish neighbourhoods that once dotted Greece and their communities. There used to be a formidable presence of Judaism in the country, particularly in Northern Greece, that was sadly persecuted by occupying forces during WWII.

Kapodistria Museum (Evropouli village)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Visit the estate that belongs to the family of Ioanni Kapodistria, Greece’s first Prime Minister. Kapodistria’s personal items are on display here.

Karlovassi Historical & Folklore Museum
North Aegean / Samos

Founded in 1994, the museum hosts items from the year 1870 until the mid 1900s that present agricultural as well as urban life in Karlovassi. Visitors can see a variety of objects that represent the town’s culture and way of life such as farm tools, a weaving loom, valuable porcelain items, skillfully carved mirrors, embellished furniture and elegant garments once worn by the city’s most prestigious ladies.

Karpenissi Museum
Central Greece / Evrytania

The museum pays tribute to Konstantinos Tsatsos, who was a respected Greek diplomat, scholar and professor of law. He was president of Greece from 1975 to 1980. Old maps and other paraphernalia can be seen at this museum.

Karystos Centre for Environmental Awareness
Evia / Southern Evia

Get an in-depth look on the history and mystery of southern Evia’s Drakospita as well as its numerous plant and animal species at the Centre for Environmental Awareness between the villages of Kalyvia and Nikasi just north of Karystos.

Kazantzakis Museum
Crete / Herakleion

First editions of Nikos Kazantzakis’ works can be found here, along with newspaper reviews of his books, andsome of his personal belongings. Well worth visiting if you’re a fan of Greece’s most famous novelist.

Kitsos Makris Folklore Center, Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

Located in the two-storey home of folklorist Kitsos Makris, the center displays his folklore collection, a library with 4,000 volumes of books and his archive, and a collection of 2,500 slides and 4,000 photographs, many of which illustrate treasures of folk tradition that cannot be found in the present day. The museum belongs to the University of Thessaly since 1989.
Visiting hours: 09:00 – 14:00 (closed on weekends).

Kitsos Makris Museum, Kanalia
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

At an altitude of 350 metres and 14 km from Karditsa, the picturesque village of Kanalia is found on the foothills of the Agrafon Mountains is home to the folk artist Kitsos Makris who founded a museum 1979. The museum also displays an interesting array of farm and household tools and a photographic library.

Kliafa Museum of History and Culture, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Once a soft-drink manufacturing and bottling company, the factories now house exhibitions featuring household objects, manuscripts, old photos as well as machines and contraptions from the Kliafa factories’ history. Another gallery houses an antique printing press and old issues of Trikala’s newspapers. Admire one of the most extensive collections of soft drink bottle caps and labels from all over the world and a beautiful Children’s library.

Korgialenio Historical Institute and Museum of Folklore (Argostoli Town)
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

If you’re a history buff, you’ll love this unique museum. Photographs and artifacts provide a record of Kefalonian life before the earthquake, from Venetian times up to 1953. You’ll get a taste of the architecture, domestic and agricultural life, as well as being able to admire 12thC manuscripts.

Folk Art Museum of Patras
Peloponnese / Achaia

The Folk Art Museum is housed in one of the more venerable buildings in the famed Skagiopouleio neighbourhood known for its wartime orphanage. Embark on a trip into Greek city and country life of decades past, with a vigorous mix of folkloric items that unveil a totally different era in this part of the world.

Historical-Ethnological Museum of Patras
Peloponnese / Achaia

This museum features rare editions of books, newspapers as far back as 1875, historic magazines and valuable documents. The latter includes the first address of the 3rd National Assembly of the Greeks, sent in 1827 to Ioannis Kapodistrias, the country’s prime minister, just as Patras was gaining its independence.

Museum of Sacrifice, Kalavrita
Peloponnese / Achaia

Exactly 50 years after the Nazi occupation massacred almost 700 male inhabitants over the age of 12 in Kalavryrta, the Museum of Sacrifice opened its doors to honour the fallen. The massacre happened in December 1943 in retribution for the killing of 81 German soldiers captured by the resistance. Only 13 of the 696 men survived, and the Government of Germany has made some efforts of atoning for the Third Reich’s atrocities. Today the museum stands for world peace. education and cooperation. It houses belongings of those killed, historical documents, photographs, artworks relating to the sad event, creating a unique opportunity to remind us of the unpleasant the not-so-distant past and reflect on how today the Germans and Greeks have cultivated close ties indeed.

Zoological Museum, Patras University
Peloponnese / Achaia

Thanks to isolated biotopes, hundreds of islands and a varied topography like no other, the Botanical museum claims it has around 150,000 samples of plant life. To be fair, the sample is both from Greece and from around the Mediterranean region, but mostly Greek. This massive archive representing plant life in the country helps highlight the very rich biodiversity of Greece, straddled between Asia, Europe and Africa.

The Archaeological Museum, Kolona
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Greece’s first Archaeological museum was built by Ioannis Kapodistriou in 1828. The current building was built in 1980 and is located near the archaeological site of Kolona. Several items dating back from the neolithic period are on display and were excavated from the site of Kolona, the Temple of Ellanio Zeus and the Temples of Artemis and Apollo.

The Christos Kapralos Museum, Kolona
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

This fascinating collection of art is located 3 kilometers northwest of Aegina Town. It’s named after the famous Greek sculptor whose works include pieces made from stone and wood, some of which were inspired by Greek resistance attempts against the Turks and later the Germans. Before his death in 1993, he founded the Christos and Souli Kapralos on Aegina.

The Folklore Museum, Aegina Town
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Located in a restored 18th century building, this museum contains a number of objects which chronicle Aegina’s modern history. The building has a replications of what a typical Aeginetan home may have looked like 200 years ago and includes representations of the lives of fishermen and common villagers.

Archaeological museum of Agrinion
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The museum contains finds from the district of Aitolo-akarnania, ranging from the Prehistoric to the Roman periods. It was erected in 1960 and is a donation of the Papastratos brothers.

Archaeological Museum of Thyrreion, Vonitsa
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The museum contains funerary stelae and other finds, mainly from the cemeteries of ancient Thyrreion and Anaktorion and various finds from the region of modern Vonitsa. Noteworthy are the marble funerary relief from the 4th century BC and an inscribed stele on the alliance between Thyrreans and Romans from 94 BC.

Archaeological Museum, Thermo
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

If you’re an ancient history buff, you’ll certainly enjoy the Mycenaean pots, inscriptions, clay figurines, Roman steles and other objects found in the regions of Chryssovitsa, as well as the temple of Apollo Thermios in ancient Calydon.

Christos and Sofia Moschandreou Art Gallery
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Housed in an old building from 1835 in Mesolongi, this gallery-cum-museum houses significant sculptures and paintings tied to Greece and its history.

Folklore Museum of Aitolikos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Found at the entrance to the little ‘isand’ in a stone-build little building that was once an olive mill, it houses objects, tools and clothes that formed part of everyday life in Aitoliko over the last two centuries.

Folklore Museum of Platanos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Here’s a good array of tools and objects of everyday life, including looms, guns, musical instruments, books, lamps, costumes, weights and other odd stuff that have mostly been left behind by modern society. In this village, however, they seem perfectly in place and offer a moving experience of life as we once knew it.

Folklore, History and Philology Museum, Agrinio
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Located in Agrinio and established by the prefecture’s Women’s Association, the museum covers everything 100 years between 1921-1920. This is a more cultural folklore museum covering local city life as well, touching on currency, philology, religious artefacts, history, local handicrafts and farming.

Mesolongi Museum of History and Art
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

In a splendid two-floor building from 1931, once upon a time the Town Hall of Mesolongi, there is a collection about the small city’s famous battle or ‘sortie’ as it is known. The works and photographs of Lord Byron, considered a beloved philhellene, are also on display.

Mesolongi Town Hall
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

A modest picture gallery that emphasizes the troubled history of this region and town, in particular the exodus of Mesolongi after the Ottoman siege of the city.

Tower of Botsaris, Nafpaktos, Central Greece
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Close to the port and castle there is a Venetian tower from the 15th century and an Ottoman tower from the 16th. The latter was procured by General Notis Botsaris in 1829 when the city gained independence. The tower features a museum regarding the 1571 Battle of Lepanto and many paintings, gravures, etc. There are also displays regarding churches and rulers of medieval times, as well as wall textiles weaved in Belgium. Worth seeing.

Vaso Katraki Museum
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

A modern building on Aitoliko island housing a comprehensive collection of this famous Greek artist’s and engraver’s work. Her unique style is a must see in what is possibly the only European museum on engraving and printmaking art.

Museum of Alonnisos
Thessaly & Sporades / Alonnisos

These 3-floor museum has a large collection from different eras. There’s a folklore exhibition in the basement, a military exhibition on the ground floor portraying Greece’s troubled history, an adjacent section on ancient finds, and an eclectic collection on the first floor.

Archaeological Museum of Amorgos
Cyclades / Amorgos

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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Archaelogical Museum
Cyclades / Andros

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. Study the impressive scale models from the ancient settlement of Zagora (10th-8th centuries BC) and much more…

Cyclades Olive Museum
Cyclades / Andros

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.

Folkloric and Religious Art Museum
Cyclades / Andros

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).

Goulandris Museum of Modern Art
Cyclades / Andros

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.

The Naval Museum
Cyclades / Andros

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.

Archaeological Museum of Argos
Peloponnese / Argolida

Discover collections from classical and prehistoric times from the area and beyond, dating from 2000 BC to 600 AD. Interesting finds from the Mycenaean and Neolithic periods (from 5000 to 1100 BC) are also on display, thanks to the efforts of the French Archaeological School and the American School of Classical Studies at Lerna.

Archaeological Museum of Epidaurus
Peloponnese / Argolida

While some of the sculptures originally here were moved to the National Archaeological Museum in Athens and replaced by plaster versions, there’s still a lot to see. The museum houses healing inscriptions, hymns and votive sculptures, as well as several architectural parts of monuments from the sanctuary of Asclepius.

Archaeological Museum of Mycenae
Peloponnese / Argolida

In the site of Mycenae itself, the museum unveils the life of the Mycenaeans and their burial customs. Curious findings from the graves are exhibited as well as objects from historical years and the Mycenaean civilization in general.

Archaeological Museum of Nauplion
Peloponnese / Argolida

Erected in 1713 by the Venetian Provider Sagredos, the museum features Mesolithic and Palaeolithic finds from as far back as 8000 BC. Some of these hail from the caves of Kefalari and Frachti and Kefalari, in addition to early Helladic finds from Asini, Tiryns and Berbati (2nd millennium BC.). There are also Mycenaean or late Helladic finds from different areas of the Peloponnese as well as from the Geometric era. Archaic and Roman finds are also in the museum, making it a very diverse one that is worth visiting.

Folklore Institution V. Papantoniou, Nauplio
Peloponnese / Argolida

This Institution has focused on the research, study and preservation of Peloponnesian culture – as well as Greek culture overall. Research results and scientific conclusions relating to culture are revealed at the institution.

Laskarideio Folklore Museum of Nea Kios
Peloponnese / Argolida

Discover costumes and other articles related to silk, which is connected to the commercial wellbeing of the town in history, in addition to many other folklore items.

“Tsakoniko” Folk Museum, Melana (near Tyros)
Peloponnese / Arkadia

There is a small folk museum in Melana near Tyros.

Alexandros Papanastassiou Museum, Levidi
Peloponnese / Arkadia

Delve into the life of this local politician and prime minister of Greece from 1924 to 1932. Photographs from his family life, military life and political life are on display, as well as personal belongings, including letters in German and large personal library.

Archaeological museum of Tegea
Peloponnese / Arkadia

See neolithic and early bronze-age items from Agiorgitika and Asea, as well as sculptures from the temple of Alea Athena at Tegea and the area. Small objects from the temple are also found, plus inscriptions from the archaic to the byzantine era, and reliefs form early Christian/Byzantine times (Episkopi Tegeas).

Archaeological Museum, Tripoli
Peloponnese / Arkadia

Housed in a neoclassical building – formerly a hospital – designed by Ernst Ziller, the museum boasts 7000 finds from Arkadia, including prehistoric, Mycenaean, geometric, archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman artefacts. Clay idols, jars, children’s toys, figurines, glass, pottery, votive reliefs…

Astros Museum
Peloponnese / Arkadia

The Astros Museum has exhibits of inscriptions from the villa of Herod Atticus (on the site of the Loukou Convent), marble statues of gods from the Classical period, inscriptions, pottery, small items from various periods, etc.

Birbilis Folk & Copper Museum, Tripoli
Peloponnese / Arkadia

The museum contains a rich collection of folklore pieces, the main ones being bronze handmade utensils from Tripolitsa, the historical name of Tripoli.

Folk Museum of Kollines
Peloponnese / Arkadia

This folk museum focuses on the daily lives of past generations who lived in the area. Old tools and different household items are on display, including clothing, embroidery, photographs and more.

Folk Museum of Manari
Peloponnese / Arkadia

In the community of Manari (Mantineia), this little museum exhibits textiles, local costumes, tools and other traditional paraphernalia like an old curiosity shop. It has been operating since 1974.

Folk Museum of Partheni
Peloponnese / Arkadia

In the renovated old primary school of Partheni there is a folk museum that has tools and items used in the not-too-distant past by the locals. It includes objects and tools of everyday life such us woven embroidery, jewellery, local costumes, agricultural tools, and decorative items for the house. There are also documents and letters with texts about the traditions and history of the area.

Folk Museum of Piana
Peloponnese / Arkadia

Right on the village square in an old house lies this folk museum housing. The museum is divided into two sections. In the first there are traditional items of daily use and tools, reflecting also the agricultural life of local families in the recent past. Old household items and traditional paraphernalia are on display. In the second part there are ecclesiastical utensils, pictures of candles and samples of the military equipment of the Greek Revolutionary Fighters of 1821.

House of Kolokotroni, Libovissi
Peloponnese / Arkadia

This museum is found in on old stone house built in a traditional style. It is accessible from the village of Chrissovitsi.

Open-Air Water Power Museum, Dimitsana
Peloponnese / Arkadia

Dimitsana has an open-air hydraulics museum which has revived the water mills of the town and is a true eco-friendly museum. Its shop sells books on hiking and other subjects of interest to the eco traveller. It has even helped the economic prosperity of this traditional region, and should be visited by all means!

War Museum, Tripoli
Peloponnese / Arkadia

Tripoli’s war museum unveils the recent troubled history of the country through several exhibitions: revolution of 1821, the Greek-Ottoman war, Macedonian war, Balkan wars, first world war, the defeat in Asia Minor, Greek-Italian war and German occupation, plus general themes such as the Middle East and liberation.

Acropolis Museum
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

This fascinating museum is a must if you’re visiting Athens. Initially, the residents of Athens looked upon the new Acropolis museum under construction with suspicion.

Archaeological Museum of Eleusis, Elefsina
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

This small archaeological museum boasts finds from the vicinity. Notable finds include the proto-attic amphora from 650 BC, a statue of a running maiden, the Kore from the Ieri Oikia (sacred house) and more.

Archaeological Museum of Megara
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

Lying 21 km west of Eleusina in Megara, this museum features marble and terracotta finds from the area dating as far back as the 6th century BC up to Roman times. Note the terracotta bust of Demeter, a female statue and a spout with a lion’s head among other interesting artefacts.

Athens Railway Museum, Sepolia
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

The train enthusiast will enjoy historic trains, 19th century steam locomotives, the Royal car of Greece’s King George I and the Sultan’s smoking wagon from days of the Ottoman Empire. Other objects of curiosity abound. (To get there, take bus 24 from Syntagma to the Parktoreia stop).

Benaki Islamic Art Museum
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

In a lovely neoclassical building near Agion Asomaton Square, this museum highlights the artistic accomplishments of a religion that affected Greece for four centuries. Amazing geometrical art and floral designs will great you, as well as surgical instruments from the 19th century.

Benaki Museum, Downtown Athens
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

This is one of the most prominent museums in Greece in a stunning neoclassical building with vast collections, from the prehistoric to the 20th century. Roman, byzantine, Frankish, Ottoman and war of independence are all covered here. The great coffee shop is added bonus.

Byzantine and Christian Museum, Downtown
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

Discover the Byzantine and Christian way of live through paintings, icons, frescos and objects collected over hundreds of years. Insight into how ancient, pagan and early Christian periods were linked through symbols and ideas.

Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art, Downtown
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

An amazing collection of art from the Cyclades islands, from as far back as the 3rd millennium BC. Bronze Age, Minoan, Mycenaean, Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic art is represented through artefacts, figures, ceramics and more.

Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, Acropolis
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

The art of jewellery at its best over 4000 years. Located at the foot of the Acropolis, it has jewellery inspired by byzantine, Greek, European, American and Asian art, as well as nature and science. The building is historic too and a walk from the Acropolis Metro.

Jewish Museum, Plaka
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

This museum in a neoclassical building features an exhibition about Jewish neighbourhoods that once dotted Greece and their communities. There used to be a formidable presence of Judaism in the country, particularly in Northern Greece, that was sadly persecuted by occupying forces during WWII.

Marathon Archaeological Museum, Vranas
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

Only 5 km from Marathonas, this museum boasts artefacts that are 2,500 years old from around where the battle of Marathon took place. It includes parts of the monument celebrating the Greek win over the Persians, Neolithic and ceramic finds, sculptures of Herod Atticus and much more.

Mineralogical Museum, Lavrion
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

This little port town not far from Cape Sounion has a Mineralogical Museum, as well as an ancient archaeological site of Thorikos.

Museum of Diachronic Art
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

Located in an old silk mill in the Votanikos neighbourhood near Gazi, this museum features the evolution of Cypriot art over nine millennia, from Neolithic times to the middle ages. It unveils unique Cypriot art and culture with insight to this Hellenic civilisation

Museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

Behind the Tower of the Winds in Plaka in a house from 1828 is a large variety of traditional Greek musical instruments. Interestingly, exhibit headphones transform viewers into listeners. All the bells and whistles are in the basement, literally. Note the music necklaces from Naoussa.

Museum of the Ancient Agora
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

The museum might be a relatively recent initiative, but it is housed in a building that dates over 2,200 years old.

National Archaeological Museum, Viktoria Metro
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

Dubbed “the largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek”, this museum is certainly worth a couple of hours of your time.

National Historical Museum, Downtown Athens
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

Rich collections cover neo-Hellenism, Frankish rule and Ottoman domination including recent events such as the Balkan Wars, Asia Minor Campaign and Greek-Italian War. Folklore, furniture and memorabilia from different eras are also present. The neoclassical building itself is noteworthy.

Numismatic Museum
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

The word ‘numismatic’ refers to coins, medals and paper currency, and this museum will impress you in this respect.

Postal & Philatelic Museum
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

If you love stamps or are a stamp collector, you must visit this museum. A collection of early stamps in history linked to the 1896 Olympics. The first Greek stamps and stamp printing equipment are also on display. The gift shop has collectors’ items and stamps too.

Tactual Museum
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

Try feeling rather than looking at exhibits in this museum, which include a priest’s robe, archaeological replicas, idols, icons and much more, where you trace the works with your fingers. This is an interesting experience whether you’re blind or not. This experience gives rare insight into blindness.

The Museum at 22 Panos str., Plaka
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City
Archaeological Museum of Halkida
Evia / Central Evia

Halkida’s Archaeological Museum is one of Evia’s most extensive collections of island’s past. Featuring artefacts from the Neolithic Era down to the Late Roman Empire, visitors are offered a rare and in-depth look at Evia’s history down through the ages.

Folklore Museum of Halkida
Evia / Central Evia

Housed in a restored Venetian fortification, Halkida’s Folklore Museum offers visitors a chance to see what country and city life was like long ago.

Folklore Museum of Kymi
Evia / Central Evia

Housed in a three-storey neoclassical building in the centre of town, Kymi’s Folklore museum has been characterised as one of the best museums of its kind throughout Greece.

Folklore Museum of Psachna
Evia / Central Evia

Take a step back in time on entering the Folklore Museum of Psachna located within a restored building in the centre of Psachna.

Banknote Museum (Iroon Kypriakou Agona Square)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Greece’s banknotes reflect its geopolitical history as you’ll see in this interesting museum. Here you’ll also admire the country’s first banknote, early bank documents and one of the world’s first banknotes from 14th Century China. And you can find out how money is printed.

Byzantine Museum (in Antivouniotissa Church in Mouragia)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

A beautiful 15th Century basilica boasts interesting religious icons from the 15th-19th Century. The church is an excellent example of Corfu’s unique religious architecture, while artifacts showcase the role Corfu played in preserving the field of religious art as many Cretan artists fled to Corfu.

Corfu Archaeological Museum
North Aegean / Corfu (Kerkyra)

The museum’s exhibitions span the island’s archaeological history and feature the oldest surviving Greek pediment from the Temple of Artemis Gorgon, the exquisite Lion of Menecrates, and the busts of the historian Thucydides and the dramatist Menander. Other interesting artifacts include household tools and medical apparatus.

Corfu Reading Society (120 Kapodistriou St.)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

The Reading Society of Corfu constitutes one of the most important academic institutions in modern Greece. The first of its kind, it was founded in 1836 by illustrious Greek scholars of the period. The Society houses an important collection of books, maps, artwork and newspapers.

Historical Folklore Museum (Sinarades village)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

If you want to get a feel of what village life was like in Corfu, stroll through this museum. You’ll find a replica of a village homestead, as well as agricultural equipment, traditional Corfiot costumes and examples of Corfu’s ceramic objects.

Kapodistria Museum (Evropouli village)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Visit the estate that belongs to the family of Ioanni Kapodistria, Greece’s first Prime Minister. Kapodistria’s personal items are on display here.

Municipal Art Gallery of Corfu (Palace of St. Michael and St. George)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Admire works of art by famous Corfiot painters, such as Kogevina, Pachis and Prosalenti.

Museum of Asian Art (Palace of St. Michael and St. George)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

On display you’ll find over 10,000 beautifully intricate artifacts from India, Thailand, Korea, Japan, China, Nepal and Tibet. If you’re interested in Samurai costumes, art from the Chinese dynasties including the Ming Dynasty and the examples of Hellenistic influence in Pakistan, you won’t be disappointed. Within the Museum visitors can also admire the Palace’s Throne and Ball Rooms.

Museum of Ceramic Art (New Fortress)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Admire an interesting collection of ceramic objects and art, including pieces from the peak of the art form’s popularity in Corfu.

Palaiopolis Museum (Mon Repos mansion)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Visitors will find exhibits and artifacts found in Palaiopolis, including household, commercial and religious objects that reveal interesting aspects of the private and public lives led by the ancient Corfiots. Only 3 km from Corfu Town, the museum is easily accessible.

Serbian Museum of Corfu (1 Moustoxidou St.)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

After being mercilessly massacred during WWI, the Serbian government and Army fled to Corfu for safety. This museum documents their plight and their subsequent life in Corfu, and displays military objects (including weapons) as well as medical equipment owned by Serbian doctors.

Solomos Museum (Mouragia)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Visit the house where Dionysis Solomos, Greece’s national poet, lived. On display you’ll find the desk where he penned his masterpieces, an autograph of his, interesting photographs and many manuscripts.

Archaeological museum of Dilos
Cyclades / Dilos

The archaeological museum of Delos, was built in 1904 is considered one of the most important museums in Greece. It includes nine rooms with sculptures, bas-reliefs,  mosaics, vessels, jewels, objects of daily use, etc. Noteworthy are the statue of Apollo, the trunk of a Kouros from the temple of Apollo, the marble cluster of Voreas, the statues of Dioskouridis and his spouse Cleopatra, as well as the copper mask of Dionysus.

Agia Triada Folklore Museum
Central Greece / Evrytania

Yet another folklore museum that reflects the character, identity and heritage of the area. It will certainly shed light on recent history in this mountainous part of Greece.

Domnitsa Folklore and History Museum
Central Greece / Evrytania

A generous archive of photographs and a lot of old objects will enlighten you on how people used to live here. A visit to this museum will strengthen your connection to this magical area of Greece.

Folklore Museum of Mikro Pantavrehei
Central Greece / Evrytania

This is a delightful village and its modest museum hosts all sorts of oddities that mirror the life of the local populace over the years. A side trip to the Folklore Museum will put you right in the ambiance of the village where time stood still.

Granitsa Folklore Museum
Central Greece / Evrytania

Book collections, artisanal objects, folk are and more grace the floors of this museum. If you’re in Granitsa, take a peek into the past by visiting this place and see how different life was here compared practically to anywhere else.

Karpenissi Museum
Central Greece / Evrytania

The museum pays tribute to Konstantinos Tsatsos, who was a respected Greek diplomat, scholar and professor of law. He was president of Greece from 1975 to 1980. Old maps and other paraphernalia can be seen at this museum.

Megalo Chorio Folklore Museum
Central Greece / Evrytania

This museum is home to traditional costumes, old household items and local artistic expression. It lies 14 kilometres away from Karpenissi.

National Resistance Museum, Koryschades
Central Greece / Evrytania

Located in old school building that has been renovated and declared as a protected monument itself, the museum displays photographs taken by Spyros Meletzis of the National Resistance. There are also remains of ancient fortifications and a gun-smiths’ workshop, as well as an old monastery nearby from 1650.

Palio Mikro Horio Museum
Central Greece / Evrytania

This village suffered a landslide in 1963, and the museum has captured this calamity in photographic material. The resistance during the war and the areas struggles a couple of decades before the landslide are also highlighted. Costumes, ceramics and ancient oddities complete the exhibit.

Proussos Monastery Museum
Central Greece / Evrytania

One of the few monasteries still standing in Evrytania, the Proussos monastery has frescoes dating back to 1785 as well as some from the 13th century, while the church itself is from the 9th century. The wood-carved iconostasis is from 1810. The monastery was built practically in the wild where weather conditions can get tough. There used to be a crypt which now functions as the church, with an allegedly miraculous icon from the Middle Byzantine period. Relics of saints are guarded here, and the decoration in general is remarkable. Old books and manuscripts are also among the relics. A sword from 1821is said to belong to Greek hero Karaiskakis. The monastery was also set on fire many times through the ages, the last time being by the Nazis in the Second World War, who probably discovered that it was a base for the resistance. The monastery has a museum that boasts religious and historical artefacts, including manuscripts and books from as far back as the 15th century. A sword that supposedly belonged to Greek hero Karaiskakis is also on display.

Tatarna Monastery Museum
Central Greece / Evrytania

One of the two monasteries in operation (the other being Proussos), Tatarna has a very tumultuous history. It was originally built in the 11th century, destroyed 3 centuries later, then rebuilt in 1556. It was again destroyed in 1823 by the Ottomans as it harboured numerous rebels, to be built again under King Otto in the 1840s. Once again it was destroyed completely in 1963 because of a landslide and was rebuilt 500 meters away where it stands today. Despite all this, its valuable relics and holy objects where saved, including a library which holds 633 texts. Some of these were published in Venice, Vienna and elsewhere. The mosaic icon titled ‘King of Glory’, dating from 1350 AD, is also noteworthy. A library with over 600 texts forms part of this museum. Some of these texts were published in Vienna, Venice and other cities during the 16th century. A mosaic-laid icon called ‘King of Glory’ is also on display dating back to 1350 AD.

Viniani Museum
Central Greece / Evrytania

This is where the liberated government of Greece convened in 1944 at the end of WWII. The museum, as a result, houses much photography and texts related to the struggle and challenges during the war.

Archaeological Collection and Naval Museum of Galaxidi
Central Greece / Fokida

Two museums in one building, the Archaeological Collection of Galaxidi reflects life in antiquity including commerce, burial and more, with findings dating grom the Bronze age to the late antique period. In the same traditional building lies the Naval and Ethnological Museum which reflects the strong ties that this once flourishing maritime town has to the sea. Sea maps, model ships and paintings are on display here, as well as weapons from the war of independence.

Efpalio Folklore Museum
Central Greece / Fokida

If you’re in Efpalio, you can visit the folk art or popular art museum which reflects the works and handicrafts of the people of this area.

Gravia Museum, Gravia
Central Greece / Fokida

In the village of Gravia, the Gravia Inn has become a museum that shows how the Greeks succeeded in their revolution against Ottoman occupation. There are also graves of World War I soldiers in the town.

Mining Park – Vagonetto
Central Greece / Fokida

More a theme park than a museum, this is a great place to learn about bauxite mining and take an old wagon train into the bowels of the earth to understand how important this mineral was for the people and commercial viability of the area. A great visit for families with children.

Sikelianos Museum of Delphic Festivals
Central Greece / Fokida

The enchanting brick and stone home that belonged to the poet Angelos Sikelianos and his wife Eva is now the museum that commemorates their work and the couple’s attempts to revive the Pythian Games. They also staged Greek tragedies in Delphi’s theatre in the 30s. The house offers spectacular views too.

Ecological – Folklore Museum of Folegandros
Cyclades / Folegandros

The Ecomuseum at Ano Meria, Folegandros, was opened in the summer of 1988. It presents the way of life of a rural homestead in days gone by and its form is best understood by briefly describing its spatial, social and economic context, divorced from the historic past of the island which, in general terms, was much the same as that of the other nearby islands of the Lesser Cyclades. Throughout all periods Folegandros was of marginal importance, a non-participant in the political and cultural developments of Hellenism, a tiny insignificant island lost among the waves of the Aegean. This was largely due to its isolated location and the configuration of its terrain.

Akrolamia Frankish castle, Lamia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

The Frankish castle in Lamia (Akrolamia) dominates the city among stones from an ancient acropolis. Many parts are intact including bastions and walls. Successive repairs took place in Byzantine and medieval times, and the site was inhabited even during the 5th century BC. There’s an archaeological museum in the castle.

Archaeological Museum of Atalanti
Central Greece / Fthiotida

Because this region was inhabited for thousands of years, there are many objects to appreciate at this museum. In addition, there is a mausoleum known as Hamaithanasis worth visiting nearby.

Archaeological Museum of Lamia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

Housed in a historic structure itself from the 1830s and built by King Otto, the Archaeological Museum of Lamia will walk you through ancient history from Neolithic times (starting from 6,500 BC) to Helladic/Mycenaean times, then to Geometric, Archaic and Classical/Hellenistic era. Finds from the later include metal objects, pottery, glass, figurines, children’s toys, jewellery, coins and sculptures. This museum is well worth the visit and is the focal point of the city, along with the castle.

Athanassios & Mary Akrida History and Folklore Museum, Sperchiada
Central Greece / Fthiotida

Covering the history of the region through its many exhibits, this museum houses photographs household and work-related articles and items from bygone days, as well as old weapons, jewelry, religious items and more. The collection is quite extensive.

Folklore Bread Museum, Amfikleia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

Here’s an original museum for bread lovers. The Folklore Bread Museum located in Amfikleia will surprise you with shapes, types and sizes of different breads.

Folklore Museum in Anatoli
Central Greece / Fthiotida

Learn about the area’s past through the items and articles on display at this modest local museum and show your interest in the area by paying tribute to the efforts of the locals to set up this modest museum.

Folklore Museum of Fthiotida, Lamia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

This museum has salvaged and recovered numerous objects that have to do with the customs and traditions of the region. In conjunction with the Women’s Association in Lamia, the museum houses tools, costumes, embroidery, utensils and many other items that are part of rural life in Central Greece. Get ready for a vast collection of embroidery, textiles, utensils, costumes and a variety of tools, as well as magazines, newspapers and archives from Lamia. See what Greek life was like in the not-too-distant past.

Folklore Museum of Vouzio, Domokos
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In the municipality of Domokos there is the modest Folklore Museum of Vouzio that sheds light on traditions and customs of the area.

Monastery of Panagia Agathonos
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In Ypati or Ipati the Monastery of Panagia Agathonos was established in the 14th century, set in amazing nature on the sides of Mount Iti, at an altitude of some 600 meters. In boasts unique frescoes and relics. There is also an animal farm and a Museum of Natural History.

Museum of Oiti Natural History
Central Greece / Fthiotida

Housed in a historic structure itself from the 1830s and built by King Otto, the Archaeological Museum of Lamia will walk you through ancient history from Neolithic times (starting from 6,500 BC) to Helladic/Mycenaean times, then to Geometric, Archaic and Classical/Hellenistic era. Finds from the later include metal objects, pottery, glass, figurines, children’s toys, jewellery, coins and sculptures. This museum is well worth the visit and is the focal point of the city, along with the castle.

Rovoliari and Litosselo Folklore Museums
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In the little village of Rovoliari not far from Makrokomi there is an excellent folklore museum that’s worth the detour. A more modest one is found in the same area in Litosselo, providing a good chance to visit another relatively secluded village and delving into history.

Archaeological Museum, Old Town
Crete / Hania

Situated inside a gorgeous Venetian church that has since seen itself reinvented as a mosque and a movie theatre, the archaeological museum has a number of beautifully maintained collections from the Neolithic to the Roman era including pottery.

Cretan Folklore Museum
Crete / Hania

The Folklore Museum in Crete is located in Gavalohori in a beautifully renovated building that includes a wonderful array of pieces of exquisite craftsmanship including weavings, pottery, woodcarvings and fine works of lace.

The Naval/Maritime Museum of Crete
Crete / Hania

Once a Turkish prison, the Naval Museum of Hania houses a fantastic assortment of model ships, paintings and other collections dating from the Bronze Age to more recent times including naval instruments used in the Battle of Crete.

The Typography Museum of Hania
Crete / Hania

Opened in 2005, the typography museum is a very unusual concept. The museum was developed due in large part to the efforts of a local journalist and now houses an interesting collection of various typography devices through the late 19th century to present. Also on display are a variety of rare books, seals, banknotes, stamps, maps and calendars; some dating back as far as the 16th century.

Herakleion Archaeological Museum
Crete / Herakleion

In terms of artefacts, this is one of the world’s great museums, though at the time of writing, it’s housed in a temporary building which is far too small to display the richness of Crete’s extraodinary past.

Herakleion Municipal Art Museum
Crete / Herakleion

Can be found next to the Loggia and opposite the Morosini fountain. Housed in the old Basilica of Saint Mark (see landmarks) Cretan artists’ – such as: Christos Sarakatsianos, Maria Fiorakis and George Manousakis – works are displayed here.

Historical Museum of Crete, Herakleion
Crete / Herakleion

Founded in 1953, this Museum includes amongst its wealth of Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman displays, the only painting in Crete of its favourite son, Domenicos Theotokopoulos (or El Greco), called, “View of Mount Sinai and the Monastery”.

Kazantzakis Museum
Crete / Herakleion

First editions of Nikos Kazantzakis’ works can be found here, along with newspaper reviews of his books, andsome of his personal belongings. Well worth visiting if you’re a fan of Greece’s most famous novelist.

Lychnostatis Open-air Museum, Chersonisos
Crete / Herakleion

Originally the private collection of Georgios Markakis, this is a museum in which the organically-constructed buildings constitute most of the display.

Museum of Agia Aikaterini
Crete / Herakleion

Collections of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art, including icons from the 15th century painter Angelos and no fewer than six icons painted by Michael Damaskenos, second only to ‘El Greco’ in fame.

Museum of Cretan Ethnology, Voroi, Tymbaki
Crete / Herakleion

A museum focusing on the uninterrupted nature of traditional Cretan lifestyle, through the centuries of foreign domination by Venetian and Ottoman overlords (1204-1898).

Ecclesiastic and Byzantine Museum
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

Housed within the old cells of the Monastery of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, it contains a collection featuring objects found in religious ceremonies and traditions. Most impressive is an icon of the Virgin Mary “Rodo Amarando” dating back to 1774.

Historic Archives – Museum of Hydra
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This museum houses objects from the Balkan, First and Second World Wars. A gallery featuring oil and water paintings of war ships done by well-known artists can be found on the first floor.

Mansions, Hydra
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

The traditional architecture of Hydra is impressive and unique, with several mansions that particularly stand out. Two have been turned into museums, specifically the Manor of Lazaros Kountouriotis and Pavlos Kountouriotis.

Rafalias Pharmacy
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This unique pharmacy has kept its original structure and design for the past two generations and still operates as an everyday pharmacy. However, it looks and feels more like a museum, as a step through its door is similar to a step back in time.

Archaeological Museum of Agios Kyrikos, Agios Kyrikos
North Aegean / Ikaria

A true gem of the island, this museum is housed in the former junior high school of Ikaria’s capital. The building itself is impressive, as an excellent example of neoclassical architecture dating back to 1925 and featuring unique pediments and a large, marble staircase leading to the main entrance and front yard of the building. Inside, the museum contains over 200 artifacts which have been unearthed throughout the island and the waters surrounding Ikaria. Visitors have the opportunity to see pottery, columns, stone and bronze tools, well-preserved amphoras, pedestals, pillars, clay wares, weapons and other personal objects. The most important of these is the funerary sculpture of Katafygi, a work of an artist from Paros dating back to the Archaic/Early Classical period.

Archaeological Museum of Kambos, Kambos
North Aegean / Ikaria

Located within the archaeological site of Kambos, this museum contains artefacts from the areas of Kambos (ancient Oinoe), Nas (temple of Tavropolio Artemis), Arethousa, Christos Raches, Proespera and Frantato, among many others. Within the museum’s exhibits, visitors will find pottery, statues, grave goods, sarcophagi, idols and building fragments. Of particular interest is a marble sarcophagus dating back to the Late Archaic period. It’s believed to have been produced in Asia Minor and features carved reliefs of fruit, garlands and roses.

Folklore Museum of Agios Kyrikos, Agios Kyrikos
North Aegean / Ikaria

Housed in the former cultural centre of the island, the Folklore Museum of Agios Kyrikos showcases a large collection of noteworthy objects, such as traditional costumes, textiles and various every day items which bring the island’s cultural tradition back to life, both for visitors and Ikaria’s younger generations.

Folklore Museum of Agios Polikarpou
North Aegean / Ikaria

This small Museum of Agios Polikarpou is located in the eponymous village within the area of Raches. It includes a small selection of important, cultural artefacts.

Folklore Museum of Vrakadon, Vrakades
North Aegean / Ikaria

The Folklore Museum of Vrakadon can be found in the northwestern area of the island known as Raches, in the village of Vrakades.It was founded by Ikarian scholars from Athens and displays the history and heritage of the island via a wide variety of traditional household wares, as well as old agricultural and bee-keeping tools. Visitors can also examine original documents dating back to the revolutionary period, as well as impressive objects from the church of Profitis Ilias in Vrakades, as well as the Monastery of Evangelismos in Mavrianos. Those wanting to visit the museum need to contact the museum’s board ahead of time.

Museum of Carpentry, Katafygi
North Aegean / Ikaria

This private collection belonging to P. Safou can be found in the village of Katafygi and displays carvings inspired by mythology, religion, and the natural world, such as dolphins and turtles. The wood used is typically either Eucalyptus, Holm Oak, or Holly Oak found throughout the mountains of Ikaria. It stands out as a very unique museum on the island which is worth visiting.

Museum of Mikis Theodorakis, Vrakades
North Aegean / Ikaria

This museum is actually an old stone home of an Ikarian who once offered accommodation to the famous composer and his companions during their exile on the island. Known as the “house with scorpions” it has been officially recognized as a landmark by the state, and features several every day items dating back to the years of the composer’s exile.

Amaliada Folk Art Museum
Peloponnese / Ilia

Housed in a historic neoclassical building, the museum highlights local folk art, as well as manufacturing items both from Greece and abroad, used in the late 19th century. This is a true trip in time.

Archaeological Museum of Olympia
Peloponnese / Ilia

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Folklore Museum of Andritsena
Peloponnese / Ilia

Discover some 4000 objects and artefacts related to the life on the mountains around Olympia. From tools used for traditional crafts to heirlooms and manuscripts, learn about recent history in these parts, including wars.

Historical Museum of the Ancient Olympic Games
Peloponnese / Ilia

This museum exhibits pieces mainly from the sacred temple of Dios in Olympia. The most important ones are gold seal-rings depicting the Olympic Games, bronze and terracotta geometric warriors and much more. Among the museum’s collection are chariot idols from Olympia symbolizing the harness racing, objects used by the athletes or related to the Games. Also important are the inscriptions on the bases of the statues of athletes, the stone and bronze signs, the bronze statuettes of athletes as well as the pottery with drawings of the athletes during the Games.

Museum of the History of Excavations, Olympia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Travel through the different excavations to learn how history is unearthed. Get to know the excavation teams throughout the years through photographs, designs, engravings, etc. Excavations, tools and techniques explained!

Museum of the Olympic Games
Peloponnese / Ilia

In an attractive building near the site of Olympia, the Museum of the Olympic Games houses memorabilia and objects related to the Olympics from ancient to modern times. These include postage stamps that commemorate the games.

Pholoe Environmental Museum, Loutsa, Koumani
Peloponnese / Ilia

This wooden museum unveils the nature, history and culture of Ilia, as well as the oak forest of Pholoe, including its natural wealth, fauna, birds and flowers. It also explores the area’s mythology, eco-tourism and fire protection.

Pyrgos Municipal Market
Peloponnese / Ilia

In the most impressive building in Ilia’s capital, this museum used to be the city’s main market yet now houses different archaeological collections as well as art exhibitions. If you’re passing through Pyrgos, this is a must see!

Emin Aga Inn (Near Melia Village)
Epirus / Ioannina

Throughout the Louros River Valley in the southern area of the region, there are several preserved inns dating back to when the area was frequently travelled through by caravans and horse-drawn carriages. The most famous of all is the Emin Aga Inn, which acted as the headquarters of the Greek army stationed throughout Epirus during the fight for the liberation of northern Greece from the Turks. After nearly two years of fighting, the Turkish troops surrendered and signed a treaty here, and in 1913, the Greek army liberated Ioannina. The Inn stands near the banks of the Louros River west of the village Melia and today houses the War of 1912-1913 museum.

Mosque of Aslan Pasha
Epirus / Ioannina

This mosque, also known as the Mosque of Ali Pasha, was built in 1618, almost 200 years before its namesake came to power in the region. In 1993, the mosque underwent an ambitious renovation and today it houses the Public Ethnographic Museum of Ioannina. Visitors can see a large array of pieces such as jewellery, weapons and furniture from previous centuries.

Archaeological Museum
Cyclades / Ios

The archaeological museum of Ios was founded in 1998 and reflects modern museum philosophy. It is situated on the ground floor of the Amiradakio Town Hall. It exhibits findings dating from prehistoric to Roman times.

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Archaeological Museum of Kalymnos (Pothia)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

This new museum will take you on a journey of Kalymnos’ history from its earliest Prehistoric evidence right through to the Byzantium. Amongst the many artifacts, make it a point to admire the famed Kore of Kalymnou statue. The folds of her dress drape to make her seem real and alive. Also admire the Kouros statue.

Museum of Kalymniote Folklore (Vlihadia)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

This museum, also called The Kalymniote House, is a stunning folklore museum that will help you understand everyday life on the island throughout history.

Nautical Museum of Kalymnos (Pothia)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

If Kalymnos’ sponge-diving traditions and history fascinate you, admire the artifacts in this museum. You’ll see on display all the various vessels and gear used in sponge-diving as well as photographs of the divers and their everyday life.

Valsamidi Museum of Marine Life (Vlihadia)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

This private collector gathered a number of artifacts found underwater, including petrified sponges, enormous fish, and other objects recovered from the sea. German weapons and rifles used in other battles are also on display in this stunning museum.

Vouvalis Mansion (Pothia)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

This beautiful neoclassical mansion was owned by Nikolaos Vouvalis and his family, one of the largest sponge exporters in the world. The interior is intact and offers visitors a glimpse into the everyday life of Kalymnos’ affluent upper-class.

Drakotripa Museum, Mouzaki region
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Drakotripa was known for its sword-smiths in the Ottoman era, followed by stonemasons called Koudari, who spoke their own language like most masons of Epiros. The village has a museum with a library and exhibits from the 18th-19th centuries. There is also a working watermill in Drakotripa worth visiting.

Folk and History Museum in Krioneri
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Krioneri is a village sited on the beautiful plateau of Nevropoli next to Lake Plastira. The village has a Folk and Historical Museum for those interested in learning more about its history. Exhibits include artefacts from its history.

Folk Art Museum of Leontito
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Leontito in the Athamanon region, surrounded by fir forest and fruit trees, lies at an altitude of 1,000 meters and is 40 km from Mouzaki. The remodelled Public School Building at the village centre is today used as a Library and Folk Art Museum.

Folk Museum in Moschato
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

In Moschato which lies in the Plastiras municipality, there is a folk museum of local renown.

Folk museum of Loutro
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Loutro is an old village of Menelaides Township located 20 km from Karditsa at an altitude of 247 metres. The Community Centre of Loutro contains an exhibition hall and museum of local antiques and traditional tools.

Folk Museum of Moloha
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Moloha has a Folk Museum open all year round that displays antique artefacts and tools.

Folk Museum of Portitsa
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

There’s an interesting folk museum in Portitsa near Mitropoli that has exhibits of traditional tools and handicrafts.

Grammatiko Folk Museum
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Grammatiko is a village on the plains of Thessaly within the Municipality of Tamasi. It is 32 kilometres from Karditsa and just 9 km from Leontari. There is an impressive folk art museum in the Community Centre.

Kitsos Makris Museum, Kanalia
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

At an altitude of 350 metres and 14 km from Karditsa, the picturesque village of Kanalia is found on the foothills of the Agrafon Mountains is home to the folk artist Kitsos Makris who founded a museum 1979. The museum also displays an interesting array of farm and household tools and a photographic library.

Museum of Vlassi
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The village of Vlassi in the Athamanon region at an altitude of 1,100 meters boasts an impressive view of the monastery. Vlassi is 27 kilometers from Mouzaki. At the local museum, religious artefacts from the church are on display as well as original icons from the altar screen.

Palamas Folk Museum
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Karagouna collections, utensils, costumes and artefacts reflecting the culture of the people called Karagounides, traditionally farmers who worked under Ottoman lords in ancient times. They are known for their ornate costumes, celebrations, Christmas ceremonies, dances, grand widdings, and culinary customs.

Plastiras museum, Morfovouni
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Past Messenikolas lies the picturesque village of Morfovouni or Vounessi, 18 km southwest of Karditsa. The Plastiras Museum has a permanent photo exhibit of Nikolaos Plastiras’ life, the illustrious politician whom Lake Plastiras was named after and who came from this village.

Sofades Folk Museum
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Strange tools, handwoven rugs, local embroidery, amusing antiques and odd pots are part of this diverse museum in the quaint town of Sofades which counts 6,500 inhabitants. The town also features some remarkable churches and is near various archaeological ruins.

Thrapsimi Folk Museum
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Thrapsimi within the municipality of Menlaides as a folk museum that features many local traditional tools and crafts.

Archeological museum of Karpathos, Pigadia
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Let this little museum dating from the Italian occupation of the island before WWII take you back thousands of years in time. Situated in a classical building, this museum boasts objects from prehistoric times up to the Neolithic era.

Folklore and Archeological Museum of Arkasa
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Recent history and ancient history come together in this tiny museum right in the center of the village of Arkasa. It holds archeological finds from the acropolis of Arkasa and the Church of Agia Anastasia (today the Church of Agia Sophia).

Folklore Museum, Menetes
Dodecanese / Karpathos

The attractive village of Menetes not far from Pigadia unveils a range of household and agricultural paraphernalia, including traditional machines built by old ironmongers and carpenters.

Folklore Museum, Othos
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Another tiny museum that is magical in a way, combining mosaic floors with hand embroidered material, woodwork, rugs, furniture, traditional art and household objects. Kids will love it too!

Rural and Agricultural Museum, Pylon
Dodecanese / Karpathos

This tiny village museum in Pylon, a picturesque village with a view, contains interesting handmade clay and straw objects, tools and a variety of items used in everyday rural life across the island.

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Iakovatos Mansion (Lixouri Town)
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

This stunning 19thC mansion survived the earthquake and stands proud, a testament to Kefallonia’s past. Explore the beautiful library with unique Fatnomata features in the ceiling and wander through the museum to admire antiques, rare Byzantine icons and many illuminated manuscripts.

Korgialenio Historical Institute and Museum of Folklore (Argostoli Town)
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

If you’re a history buff, you’ll love this unique museum. Photographs and artifacts provide a record of Kefalonian life before the earthquake, from Venetian times up to 1953. You’ll get a taste of the architecture, domestic and agricultural life, as well as being able to admire 12thC manuscripts.

Municipal Archaeological Museum of Argostoli (Argostoli town)
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

This museum is a must-see for everyone. It holds some of the most significant Mycenaean artifacts ever to be found in Greece – the result of excavations that discovered the Beehive/Tholos Tomb and the Roman Grave Complex. Jewelry, pottery and other tools are featured, as are artifacts found in a cave.

Nautical Museum of Fiskardo (Fiskardo Town)
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

This very unique museum was established by local volunteers who want to raise awareness of the wealth found in and the importance of the island’s surrounding marine ecosystem. The volunteers help with rescue missions and research expeditions as well as curating this museum.

Archaeological Museum of Kimolos
Cyclades / Kimolos

The archaeological museum of Kimolos hosts many interesting find from the ancient town of Ellinika. There are spectacular ceramics from the Geometric, Hellenistic and Roman periods.

Archaeological Museum of Corinth
Peloponnese / Korinthia

Wander through Roman exhibits in 3 special showrooms and around the museum’s courtyard. The museum highlights the long history of Corinth starting from the Neolithic era until the Middle Ages.

Archaeological Museum of Isthmia
Peloponnese / Korinthia

Right beside the site where many archaeological treasures were unearthed, this museum features all the finds and outstanding glass tableaus from 375 AD.

Archaeological Museum of Nemea
Peloponnese / Korinthia

Right on site, the museum focuses on finds of the area and sheds light on its history, complementing the site where sadly not much remains.

Folklore Museum of Corinth
Peloponnese / Korinthia

This museum showcases silverwork, woodwork, embroidery, furniture, tools and more from the early 19th century to the 20th century. See male & female costumes from different parts of Greece, plus a library with books from the 17th-19th centuries.

Archaeological Museum of Kos (Kos Town)
Dodecanese / Kos

This museum houses a stunning collection of statues and mosaics from the Ancient Greek and Roman periods. Make it a point to admire the statue of Hippocrates dating back to the 4thC BC and that of Hermes from the 2ndC BC. Don’t miss the floor mosaic depicting a scene with Hippocrates and the god Asklipios from the 2ndC AD.

Casa Romana (Grigoriou the 5th St. Kos Town)
Dodecanese / Kos

You’ll feel like you stepped back in time and into the living room of a home belonging to a Kos official from the Roman period. An exact replica, you’ll walk through the 36 stunningly decorated rooms and into three atriums. There are beautiful and colorful mosaics of dolphins and leopards as well as votive altars adorning the home. Just outside you’ll find the remains of the Roman baths.

International Hippocratic Foundation of Kos (outside Kos Town)
Dodecanese / Kos

This living museum is a tribute to the herbal remedies discovered and administered by Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine and a native of Kos. Sprawling gardens feature natural herbs to treat everything from colds to mental health problems. Rare species can also be found here. Take a tour of the museum featuring busts of Hippocrates and important texts from the 17thC.

Traditional Home and Folklore Museum (Antimahia village)
Dodecanese / Kos

Not only will you be able to tour a replica of a traditional Kos home, you’ll be able to admire artifacts ranging from musical instruments to local costumes as well.

Traditional Home of Pili (Pili village)
Dodecanese / Kos

Household utensils and agricultural tools are on display in this replica of a tradition home while keeping the unique layout of the homes in Kos, where bedrooms were part of the formal living room.

Archaeological Museum of Kythera (Chora)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This small museum features artifacts from local digs that range from Neolithic times on. Minoan and Mycenaean relics are on exhibit here as well as a beautiful marble lion dating back to the 6thC BC and a Renaissance statue of Aphrodite and Eros. Please check before visiting as it might be closed for renovations.

Byzantine Museum of Kythera (Analipsi Church in Kato Livadi village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This collection features a rare number of Byzantine artifacts, including mosaics, murals and icons.

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Archaeological Collection, Monemvasia
Peloponnese / Laconia

Discover what life was like in this complex fort city, known for its Venetian influence, spiritual significance, Frankish element, Ottoman rule, quality wine, churches, cisterns, hamams and public buildings. Art, pottery, sculpture, coats of arms and much more are at display within the Castle of Monemvasia.

Archaeological Museum of Sparta
Peloponnese / Laconia

The archaeological museum of Sparta features important exhibits from ancient times with exhibits from the sacred temples of Chalkiikou Athena and Orthia Artemida, as well as ancient Spartan frescoes.

Archaeological Museum, Mystras
Peloponnese / Laconia

Mystras also has an archaeological museum in a traditional building within part of the Agios Dimitrios cathedral. The collection features ceramics, frescoes, sculptures and coins, as well as Byzantine fabrics and icons.

Geological Museum in Anavryti
Peloponnese / Laconia

In Anavryti within the municipality of Mystras, there is a neo-classical building (once the area’s Primary School) which is home to a geological museum featuring a photographic exhibition of Taygetos’ local flora, as well as geological curiosities and rocks. If you are a nature lover, this museum is for you!

Koumantereios Gallery, Sparta
Peloponnese / Laconia

The Koumantereios Gallery also in Sparta is located in another neoclassical edifice, boasting a permanent collection of oil paintings by European artists. It represents an island of Western culture in a very Mediterranean setting.

Museum of Olives and Olive Oil, Sparta
Peloponnese / Laconia

From an eco perspective a visit to the Museum of Olives and Olive Oil in Sparta is a must-see. It reveals the history of olive oil production from ancient times to the present.

Athanasakeio Archaeological Museum, Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

This is the most important in the region, dating from 1909. It features collections from prehistory to Roman years, such as ceramics, statues, bone tools and weapons. A collection of Neolithic figurines, clay models and vases, as well as gold jewellery are on display. Coins from Thessaly and other parts of the ancient Greek world are on display. A Mycenaean model of a chariot from the 13th Century BC, a gold necklace from ancient Pelinneon (3rd century BC) and representation of a tomb from the Protogeometric period (1050-900 BC) are also on display.

Centre for Wild Orchids in North Pelion
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

If you’re into studying nature, you’re going to love this gem of a place. The Centre for Research and Protection of Wild Orchids in Northern Pelion was established in 2012 and lies in the old school of the village of Kerasia, not far from Lake Karla.

Folklore Museum, Nees Karies
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

Created in 2010 by members of the Nea Karion Women’s Association, the Folklore Museum presents aspects of the village’s cultural and social life over the past two centuries. Household items, handicrafts, agricultural tools, religious statues and traditional costumes all grace the exhibition space, while the museum also displays a photo exhibition and paintiungs by Dinos Giotopoulos.

Historical & Folklore Museum, Portaria
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

Housed in the Zoulia mansion, the museum presents artefacts on the economic and cultural development of the area from 1900 and to the mid 20th century.

Information Centre for the Lesser Kestrel
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

Learn more about the lesser kestrel! An information centre about this wondrous bird funded by the EU LIFE programme (LIFE+ 11 ΝΑΤ/GR/001011) was established beside the local high school in the village of Kanalia, not far from Lake Karla.

Kitsos Makris Folklore Center, Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

Located in the two-storey home of folklorist Kitsos Makris, the center displays his folklore collection, a library with 4,000 volumes of books and his archive, and a collection of 2,500 slides and 4,000 photographs, many of which illustrate treasures of folk tradition that cannot be found in the present day. The museum belongs to the University of Thessaly since 1989.
Visiting hours: 09:00 – 14:00 (closed on weekends).

Museum of Lake Karla’s Civilization
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

In the village of Kanalia near Lake Karla, the Museum of Lake Karla’s Civilization offers precious insight on life around the lake before it was drained, how the livelihood of the inhabitants was compromised, and what opportunities exist for its future.

Aghios Nikolaos Archaeological Museum
Crete / Lasithi (Sitia)

Eight rooms, covering the period from Neolithic (Around 3,000BC) to Roman, including the so-called ‘Goddess of Myrtos’ jug, which is worth visiting the museum for, alone. There are also finds here from the palace of Mallia, Siteia and the area of Mirabello.

Ierapetra Museum
Crete / Lasithi (Sitia)

Ierapetra was an incredibly important site, especially during the Hellenistic and Roman periods (323 BC to 395AD), and this museum reflects that. It also has a rather impressive array of Minoan and post-Minoan artefacts as well, including a clay burial chest, known as a larnax, figures and vases dating back to the 8th and 9th centuries BC, and some rather impressive statues. There is also the obligatory coin collection, which is as impressive as you’d expect given that Ierapetra is known to have minted 44 different coins

Siteia, Agios Nikolaos museum
Crete / Lasithi (Sitia)

This is where you’ll find one of the great artefacts on Crete, namely the ‘Palaikastro Kouros’. A chryselephantine (golden and ivory) statue of a young man, thought by many to be a depiction of the boy Zeus. This is worth visiting the museum for, alone, but alone it’s not. A fabulous array of materials from all over the east of Crete, include Linear A tablets, coins, double-headed axes, and even a dwarf-hippo’s jaw-bone. Please check before-hand to make sure that this museum is open, as it was undergoing structural repairs recently.

Folklore Museum of Karia (Karia Village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This beautiful museum housed in a traditional Lefkadan home honors the creativity and vitality of Maria Standraka and her unique Karsaniko embroidery style. She created this stitch after a terrible accident that paralyzed her hand, and in this museum you’ll be able to admire embroidery created by her. You’ll also be introduced to household items and the Lefkadan layout.

Folklore Museum of Kontomihio (Kavalos village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Ever wonder what tools were needed in now-extinct professions? This unique folklore museum boasts a variety of artifacts relating to occupations no longer being practiced in Lefkada, including tools used by copper-workers and cobblers. You’ll also be able to admire a traditional Lefkadan home with furniture.

Gramophone Museum (Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This one-of-a-kind museum is unique in Greece and features antique gramophones, the island’s first radio, old records and antique cameras. Copies of the first issue of The Ionian newspaper can also be viewed.

Lefkada Archaeological Museum (A. Sikelianou & N. Svoronou St.)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This stunning museum houses all important archaeological artifacts found on the island, including those resulting from Dörpfeld’s digs in Nirikos, Hirospilia and Nydri. Artifacts date from the Paleolithic Era to the Roman Era. Make sure you admire the beautiful clay figurine of a woman dating back to the 3rd C BC.

Library and Icon Museum (Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Admire stunning religious icons that date back to the Byzantium. The Library and Museum are housed in a beautiful Lefkadan mansion.

Archaeological Museum of Mytilini – New Annex
North Aegean / Lesvos

This new building houses a stunning permanent exhibition that aims to guide you through everyday life in ancient Lesvos. Called Lesvos from the Hellenistic to the Roman Era, you’ll get a glimpse of daily home life, the political scene, economic developments and Ancient Greek religious beliefs. Admire the frescoes on display from Roman villas dating back to the 2ndC BC.

Archaeological Museum of Mytilini – Old Annex
North Aegean / Lesvos

You’ll know this museum is a gem as soon as you see the rare artifacts displayed in the beautiful mansion. Admire Prehistoric, Neolithic, Geometric, Archaic, Hellenistic and Roman coins, figurines, ceramics and jewelry as well as the very rare capitals and artifacts from the Ancient Temple of Klopedi and the Aeolian settlement.

Barbagiannis Museum of Ouzo (Plomari Town)
North Aegean / Lesvos

This museum is a must-see for any ouzo lover. You’ll get a peek into the distillation process for this famous Greek drink which is a trademark product of Lesvos. Find out how it impacted the local economy, and get a deeper appreciation of the fine art of spices and their uses in ouzo.

Byzantine Museum of Religious Art of Mytilini
North Aegean / Lesvos

Take a tour of the island’s religious past, and admire ancient icons, bishop’s robes, illuminated manuscripts and antique chalices. It’s worth visiting as the island is known for its many monasteries and central churches – religious centers that attract tourists from all over.

Georgios Iakovidis Digital Art Museum (Hidera Village)
North Aegean / Lesvos

Lesvos boasts one of the few digital art museums in Europe, so take some time and explore this one-of-a-kind exhibition. Not only will you be able to admire great works of art lit in a way that lets you see colors as vividly as they appeared when first painted, but the Museum also houses original art by Iakovidis himself, who is Greece’s most famous artist.

Natural History Museum
North Aegean / Samos

This popular museum (receiving around 30,000 international visitors per year) presents a rich and varied number of paleontological finds. The visitor can explore exhibits among which are 350 types of fish and shellfish, 40 bird species, 30 kinds of animals, reptiles and amphibians of Samos and around 3000 kinds of Greek herbs.

Natural History Museum of the Petrified Forest (Sygri Village)
North Aegean / Lesvos

The Petrified Forest was deemed a UNESCO Monument of Nature and this museum is the perfect way to further explore the scientific and geological background of this one-of-a-kind geological phenomenon. There are multimedia rooms and exhibitions detailing the geological history of the area and the way the volcanic eruption affected flora and fauna. Don’t forget to stop by the model classroom and its earthquake simulation.

Olive Oil Production Museum (Agia Paraskevi Village)
North Aegean / Lesvos

Extra-virgin olive oil is one of Lesvos’ premiere exports – and with good reason as the island’s olive cultivation and pressing process have been perfected over the centuries. Take a tour of this olive mill which has been designed to display the entire process of taking olives and getting fine oil.

Tériade Museum of Modern Art and Library (Akrotiri, near Mytilini Town)
North Aegean / Lesvos

Located in the famous art critic’s ancestral home, this beautiful museum holds many gems. Admire the rare editions of his work, called the Great Books, that focus on the Great Masters, including Picasso and Le Corbusier. Admire the lithographs of Europe’s finest painters and works of art by prominent Greek artists. Combine your journey into the world of art with a stroll through the stunning exhibition of more of Theophilos’ paintings. The Library is open to the public and doubles as a renowned art school.

Theophilos Museum (Akrotiri, near Mytilini Town)
North Aegean / Lesvos

This beautiful museum is dedicated to Lesvos’ own 19thC folk artist, Theophilos Hatzimihail. His work reflects everyday life in the 1900s, including the difficulties of poverty, and his subject matter centers on history, mythology, nature and everyday life. Known for his vibrant colors and emotions, they’re priceless today. Theophilos painted on walls around Lesvos, so look for some of his work as you explore.

Centre for Wild Orchids in North Pelion
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

If you’re into studying nature, you’re going to love this gem of a place. The Centre for Research and Protection of Wild Orchids in Northern Pelion was established in 2012 and lies in the old school of the village of Kerasia, not far from Lake Karla.

Hellinomouseion, Zagora
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Zagora is known for its silk and textiles, which merchants sent out on ‘Zagoras ships’ across the Mediterranean and Black Sea. The village has great mansions and the Hellinomouseion building founded in 1702, an old school of language, science, philosophy, etc. Noteworthy too is the Public Library of Zagora.

Railway Station & Statue of Athena, Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Built in 1884, the railway station is noted for its aesthetics and it hosts a museum related to the history of the railway. At the entrance stands a marble statue of the goddess Athena created in 1884 by the Italian sculptor I. Previsan. In the lower part there’s an embossed bust of King George I.

Archaeological Museum in Chora Trifilias
Peloponnese / Messinia

The Museum of Hora, is full of great finds, almost all found in archaeological sites in the area. In particular, near Nestor’s Palace, displayed with special care.

Archaeological Museum in Mavromati
Peloponnese / Messinia

Was built between 1968 to 1972. It includes findings of the excavations conducted by the Archaeological Society in ancient Messene(Mavromati).There are exhibited architectural fragments,inscribed limestone slabs and so on.

Archaeological Museum, Pylos
Peloponnese / Messinia

It’s exhibits belong to the Mycenaean age, the Archaic, the Hellenistic but also the Roman times. Impressive are the Burial pithos from Koukoynara and the investment warrior helmets from boar’s teeth, which is a common feature of the soldier-warrior of the Achaeans.

Benakeion Archaeological Museum of Kalamata
Peloponnese / Messinia

Housed in a mid 19th century edifice on the corner of Papazoglou and Benaki streets, the museum features a solid collection of photographs, maps, models and more that help the visitor grasp different aspects of ancient history and culture in the area.

Historical & Folklore Museum of Kalamata
Peloponnese / Messinia

Enjoy exhibits pertaining to rural life and traditions, from weaving and farming to art and pottery. There are even examples of bookbinding and presswork, in addition to a replica of a traditional coffee shop and pre-industrial life.

Messene Archaeological Museum
Peloponnese / Messinia

This museum is representative of the thousands of relics and finds associated with Messene. The reliefs and sculptures on display in this seemingly modest museum come from excavations at Oiknomou, Orlandos and Sophoulis. All the finds reveal much about the ancient history and customs of the peoples who have occupied this diverse and historically rich area. Worthy objects include an almost intact statue of Hermes and the headless statue of Tiberius Claudius Niceratus, as well as terracotta figurines, votive plaques, pottery, lamps and more. Add to this sculptures by the Messenian sculptor Damophon and the headless statues of Machaon and Podaleirios, as well as the larger-than-life head of the Herakles Thebaios, statues of priestesses and animal sculptures. This is a rich museum overall as far as small ones go, with a lot to show for.

Railway Museum of the Municipality of Kalamata
Peloponnese / Messinia

Integrated into its natural environment near the current railways, the Railway Museum includes a traditional railway station, pedestrian metal bridge, platforms, a water tower and more. You will marvel at all the old railway paraphernalia including fountains for steam engines, switch levers, stoppers, lanterns, etc. Steam engines and a diesel engine are on display, as well as first-class and second-class passenger wagons from different eras.

Archaeological Museum of Milos
Cyclades / Milos

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.

Ecclesiastical Museum of Milos
Cyclades / Milos

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.

Folk and Historic Museum of Milos
Cyclades / Milos

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.

Milos Mining Museum
Cyclades / Milos

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.

Aegean Maritime Museum
Cyclades / Mykonos

The Nautical Museum is considered one of the better ones in the Cyclades.

Archaeological Museum of Mykonos
Cyclades / Mykonos

The Archaeological Museum features finds from tombs on the nearby islands of Rineia or Rhenia, along with sculptures, vases and figurines. The town’s Folklore Museum displays interesting collections of icons, furniture, musical instruments and sculptures, among other items of interest.

Geological Museum of Apeiranthos
Cyclades / Naxos

The geological museum of Apiranthos sheds light on the geological richness of the island.

Agia Anna Museum of Folk art
Evia / Northern Evia

Located in the centre of this popular resort town, the museum houses a variety of items which highlight what life was like throughout the region from the years of Turkish occupation to the present. Among the objects are traditional farming tools, house wares, weapons, handmade weavings and garments as well as a small library and a large number of photographs.

Archaeological Museum of Aidipsos
Evia / Northern Evia

This small yet interesting exhibit is housed in the same building as the public baths of the municipality. Some noteworthy artefacts include a marble depiction of Hercules and a Roman statue of the demigod. Marble columns from nearby Gialtra dating back to the 4th century are also available for viewing.

Historical and Folklore Museum of Limni
Evia / Northern Evia

Housed in a beautifully restored neoclassical mansion dating back to 1880, this collection is a living monument to Limni’s past. The dwelling is decorated with antique furniture and appears as a sort of time machine into the past, featuring everyday items from centuries before.

Museum of Natural History of Istieia
Evia / Northern Evia

The home of Greece’s largest collection of stuffed birds as well as a large variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, rocks and minerals, fossils and shells is this large and impressive museum in the northern town of Istieia. The centre aims to educate the public on the rich natural and geological history of the area as well as encourage both visitors and residents to take an active role it its preservation.

Museum of Petrified Mammals of Kerasia
Evia / Northern Evia

Without a doubt one of the region’s most unique collections is this museum showcasing a number of finds from the petrified forest located mere kilometres from the building. The Dozens of petrified mammals and invertebrate along with several fossils are of great interest to both the general and scientific communities. As Kerasia is home to one of Europe’s few petrified forests, the museum is one of the region’s most significant and widely visited.

Museum of Sea Creatures “Nautilus”
Evia / Northern Evia

Aiming to educate the public on the rich variety of creatures under the surrounding waters of the Aegean and Evian Gulf, series of aquariums full of fish, crustaceans and sea plants are on display. Video presentations outline the seas’ past into light in an entertaining way for all. The museum is located in the centre of Loutra Aidipsos.

Museum of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine art
Cyclades / Paros & Antiparos

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.

Naousa Folklore Museum
Cyclades / Paros & Antiparos

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.

Nikolaidi Mansion (Hora Town)
Dodecanese / Patmos

Built in the 1700s, this mansion is a perfect way to learn more about Patmos’ traditional architecture. Tour the exhibits which also display stunning artifacts that date back to Prehistoric times, through Antiquity and the Hellenistic era. As Patmos does not have an archaeological museum, the Nikolaidi Mansion is an ideal way to learn more about Patmos’ archaeological past.

Orthodox Culture and Information Center (Skala Town)
Dodecanese / Patmos

If you’re a history buff or want to find out more about Patmos’ religious culture, then this Center is a wonderful interactive way of learning more about all aspects of Patmos’ Christian heritage. All exhibitions are explained in four languages, and the staff is eager to give you any extra tips or to help you plan your tour of Patmos’ churches and monasteries.

Simandiri Mansion (Hora Town)
Dodecanese / Patmos

You’ll be astounded by this beautiful mansion which was built in 1625 by craftsmen from Asia Minor and is now a museum. Admire Patmos’ traditional architecture with vaulted ceilings in an open ground floor swept by stunning arches. Then tour the rooms and you’ll find antique furniture and silverware from 17thC Russia, valuable artwork, a 1913 crib and icons from the 15thC up to the 17thC.

Treasury of the Monastery of St John the Theologian
Dodecanese / Patmos

Within this UNESCO World Heritage Site you’ll find a stunning museum featuring artifacts that are truly one-of-a-kind. Admire ancient icons, religious vessels and relics. Its unique treasures include the 11thC mosaic icon of St. Nicholas, the actual Chryssobull issued to Ossios Christodoulos and the 6thC Purple Codex of the Gospel of Mark with purple parchment, gold and silver text.

Alexander The Great International Foundation, Komvos Litochoro
Macedonia & Thrace / Pieria & Mount Olympus

The non profit organization was created to further the study of Alexander The Great.The foundation’s chief goals include the promotion of health and education, and support for institutions that contribute to the improvement of social, cultural and friendly relations between Greece and other nations. The foundation also aims to maintain the language, history, culture, national identity and traditions of Greeks via the organization of conferences, symposiums, seminars, art and sculpture exhibitions, books and other forms of artistic and intellectual subjects.

Dion Archaeological Museum
Macedonia & Thrace / Pieria & Mount Olympus

Located in the present-day settlement of Dion, only 500 meters from the entrance of the archaeological space, the museum displays finds from various excavations over the years. The finds have been organized according to the areas from which they were excavated on the site, and include discoveries from ancient Pydna and other archaeological spots in Pieria. In the basement visitors can watch an educational film titled «Daily Life in Ancient Dion», and screenings of audiovisual materials related to ancient Dion and Olympus.

Folklore & Historical Museum, Kolindros
Macedonia & Thrace / Pieria & Mount Olympus

Housed in an impressive 19th Century mansion that belonged to Panayiotis Galatsopoulos, the museum, founded in 1992, is located in Kolindros’ historical center. Visitors can look at a collection of photographs, texts and objects related to the cultural and folklore traditions of Kolindros and the wider Macedonian region throughout the ages. Rare objects, hand-written books, household items, educational texts and handicrafts are shown here, revealing interesting aspects of the locals’ social and family life.

Folklore Museum of the Pontian Union, Katerini
Macedonia & Thrace / Pieria & Mount Olympus

The Pontian Union, founded in 1928, created this museum in 1990 to exhibit approximately 600 items of cultural, social, folklore and historical resonance. Among the items on display presenting the Pontian way of life are traditional costumes, household objects, rooms decorated with Pontian furnishings and decor items, photographs, weavings, and handicrafts. The impressive collection is permanently housed on the second floor of the Pieria Pontian Union building in the center of Katerini, behind the municipal park.

Folklore Museum, Elatochori
Macedonia & Thrace / Pieria & Mount Olympus

The Elatochori Folklore Museum is housed in a hall within the Cultural Center, showing through its exhibition a variety of objects representing the daily life of residents during the old times. It is organized according to different aspects of this theme, displaying household items, functional objects, tools, precious family heirlooms that were donated to the museum and more.

Geological History Museum Olympus
Macedonia & Thrace / Pieria & Mount Olympus

The family run museum educates visitors on Mount Olympus’s history in terms of its geological evolution. Exhibition items include rocks and minerals sourced from Mount Olympus and fossils from the neighboring area, while also showcasing the flora and fauna of Mt Olympus. Visitors can also explore the sky above Leptokarya through the museum’s telescope.

Nautical Museum, Litochoro
Macedonia & Thrace / Pieria & Mount Olympus

Ever since it was founded in 1995, the museum has been showcasing the cultural and nautical history of Litochoro.

Laographic Museum of Thesprotikou
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The district of Thesprotikou in the Northwest area of the region features several traditional houses and buildings which have been kept in relatively good condition, such as the old school which dates back to the 17th century. Several of the articles found within these buildings and throughout the region are displayed in the Laographic Museum of Thesprotikos. The museum itself occupies a traditional stone house dating back to 1860. The exhibits on display are limited but give the visitor an interesting look into what the daily lives of the past inhabitants must have been like.

Laographic Museum of Zalongou
Epirus

This fascinating collection of tools, clothing, toys and historical documents spans over 200 years and gives visitors a rare glimpse at the daily lives and struggles of the people who lived here throughout the last two centuries. Among some of the interesting artefacts include wedding dresses, farming tools, school supplies and genealogical records from the region. The museum is housed in the area of Kamini near the Zalongou Monument.

Museum of Natural History Neohori
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This interesting display of the region’s natural history is located just 5 kilometres from Preveza city in neighbouring Neohori. Visitors will have a chance to look at displays which show the diverse fauna and flora of the area as well as information on the interesting finds at Kokkinopilos and the Cave of Asprohalkou.

Museum of Nikopolis
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This relatively new museum is a must-see for any travellers passing through Preveza. The current museum is the third of its kind, with the first being destroyed during World War 2 and the second being built and finished in 2006. It was finally open in 2009 and lies just 5 miles outside the city next to the site itself.The museum features several fascinating artefacts that span the entire span of the city from its foundation by Octavian in 31 BC up until its abandonment in 1291. The latest museum is an impressive space totalling more than 2,000 square meters and displaying remnants of both the Roman and Byzantine periods of the city.

Alkibiades Skoulas Museum, Anoghia
Crete / Rethymnon

A private collection of the works of painter and sculptor, Alkibiades Skoulas, including one depicting the horrors of Nazi atrocities in Anoghia, in 1944. Run now by Alkibiades’ son, Georgios, this is wonderful and moving museum.

Archaeological Museum of Rethymnon
Crete / Rethymnon

A small, splendid museum opposite Rethymnon’s fortezza, covering pre and ancient history from neolithic, through Minoan, Doric, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman. Note fine examples of Minoan larnakes, Roman statues and a fabulous ancient coin collection.

Arkadi Monastery Museum, Ambatos
Crete / Rethymnon

There is a museum attached to the monastery, the scene of the self-destruction by monks, in 1866, which killed not only the Greeks inside, but a fair proportion of the 10,000 Turks who surrounded the monastery.

Contemporary Museum of Art, Rethymnon
Crete / Rethymnon

Featuring the works of Lefteris Kanakakis, this wonderful museum is close enough to the archaeological museum to combine the two. Housed in a Venetian building later used as a soap factory, Kanakis works are prominent, but there are sketches by other contemporary Greek artists.

Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymnon
Crete / Rethymnon

Another wonderful museum packed with interesting costumes, tapestries. looms, etc, along with lacework from Anoghia, and examples of basket-weaving from Myxorrouma near Spili, where this traditional art is still practiced. Closed Sundays and winter.

Preveli Monastery
Crete / Rethymnon

There are two monasteries here, but the lower (Kato) one lies in ruins, and may not be accessible at all. The “back” (Piso) – quite often known as the upper monastery – is a beautiful building within a stunning setting. It stands next to a bridge, and by the river Kourtaliotis. Admiral Spratt, in the mid 19th century, remarked on how beautiful and peaceful a “paradise” it was here, and still to this day it retains those qualities. There’s some wonderful iconography here and it’s a must visit place if you find yourself on the south coast. A small museum can also be found here.

Sealife Museum, Rethymnon
Crete / Rethymnon

A museum displaying shells, sponges and fish, located in what was once an abbey, in the old town. It is closed Sunday and Monday, and can be found on Arabatzoglou Street.

Wax Museum, Zoniana
Crete / Rethymnon

A museum of waxwork figures, including depictions of the great Cretan statesman EleftherosVenizelos, Byzantine general/emperor Nikoforas Phokas and Yiannis Vlachos (Daskaloyannis) the Sfakian revolutionary brutally flayed to death by the Turks in 1770 are among its 87 figures.

Zographakis Collection, Argyroupolis
Crete / Rethymnon

A number of villages have private collections open the the public, such as the one in Argyroupolis, a couple of doors down from the Zagraphakis’ Hotel, and curated by Mr. Zographakis.

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Archaeological Museum of Pythagoreion
North Aegean / Samos

Statues, columns, sarchophagus, and beautiful pottery are just a few of the finds exhibited at the museum, located in the city centre of Pythagorion, next to the site of the ancient town of Samos. The museum presents the historical course of the island, from the 5th millennium BC until the 7th century AD. Major exhibits include a seated statue dedicated Aiakos Hera (540 BC), the 2.7m tall statue of Emperor, and large marble sarcophagus’ from the second half of the 6th century BC, as well as a marble portrait of Augustus and one of Claudius from the Roman era.

Archaeological Museum of Vathi
North Aegean / Samos

The island’s archaelogical museum is located in the heart of the main town, and housed in two buildings: the old museum (Paschaleio archive center) and the new museum. It holds collections from various eras, but chiefly the Archaic period. The most famous among the numerous impressive exhibits at the museum is a giant marble statue of a kouros, or young man, unearthed at the Heraion, which is dated to the 6th century BC and stands at 5,5m high.

Folk Museum of the Nikolaos Dimitriou Cultural Center
North Aegean / Samos

At this museum visitors can revisit the way of life of Samos residents leading up to WWII. The museum is separated into thematic units presenting the professions held in that era, professions such as those of the shepard, fisherman, cobbler, and most importantly for the island, the farmer and agricultural work.Parallel to this exhibition the visitor has the chance to explore the Monokamaro (one room) traditional home and see how people on the island experienced their daily life. Traditional handicrafts, men’s and women’s costumes, baby clothes and cribs and other household furniture and decor items are all included among the valuable and telling exhibits.

Karlovassi Historical & Folklore Museum
North Aegean / Samos

Founded in 1994, the museum hosts items from the year 1870 until the mid 1900s that present agricultural as well as urban life in Karlovassi. Visitors can see a variety of objects that represent the town’s culture and way of life such as farm tools, a weaving loom, valuable porcelain items, skillfully carved mirrors, embellished furniture and elegant garments once worn by the city’s most prestigious ladies.

Tannery museum
North Aegean / Samos

Created in honor of a profession that was popular from the start of the 20th century and until a few decades ago, the museum is suitably located in a renovated old tannery. It presents tannery tools, machines from different periods, samples of leathers worked on by local tanners, and other materials, as well as photographs depicting the history of the trade in Karlovassi.

Tower of Lykourgos Logothetis Museum
North Aegean / Samos

The permanent exhibition presented in the Tower is made up of archaeological finds from excavations carried out at the castle on the same hill as the museum and in other areas where Byzantine ruins and monuments remained. The museum exhibition is separated into six thematic segments and covers a wide part of the island’s history from late Antiquity until the 19th century, with a special focus on the early Byzantine era. The audio-visual presentation also includes information on the life of Lykourgos Logothetis, fortress architecture in Aigio and Samos and the daily life of locals.

Wine Museum
North Aegean / Samos

Originally a private owned winery, the museum was created in 2005 by the Union of Vinicultural Cooperatives, who in 2005 created this museum on the winery’s grounds in tribute to the island’s noteworthy winemaking tradition. Tools, lab equipment and machinery used for winemaking over the last century, examples of early 20th-century casks, and the French oak barrels used today, and a photo exhibition offer the visitor an enjoyable visual journey, while the museum also has a tasting room that offers a journey of the senses.

Archaeological Museum
Cyclades / Santorini

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.

Art Space Gallery & Winery
Cyclades / Santorini

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.

Museum of Prehistoric Thira
Cyclades / Santorini

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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