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Corfu Museums: Discover the several museums of the island of Corfu, Greece

    The Archaeological Museum of Corfu
The archaeological museum of Corfu Greece is located in Vraila Steet near the Garitsa coastal road. It was built in order to house the Gorgon pediment from the west façade of the temple of Artemis, found in the area of Paleopolis. The pediment of the Gorgon is dated to 580 B.C. and is estimated as the oldest of Greece. The museum exhibits many others founds from the archaeological sites of Corfu’s town, the ancient town of Cassiopi and from a private collection.

The collections are comprised of: the funerary statue of a crouching lion, the Lion of Menecrates, dated to the end of the 7th Century B.C.; an archaic pediment with the figure of the god of wine, Dionysus; a stele dedicated to the memory of the warrior Arneadas; the base and the part of the body of a Kouros and many other interesting founds, witnesses of past history…

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The Byzantine Museum of Corfu (Antivouniotissas)
The Byzantine Museum is housed in the Church of Antivouniotissa which is one of the oldest and richest churches in Corfu.

The church was donated in 1979 to the Greek State in order to turn it into a museum.

The museum exhibits a collection of Byzantine and post Byzantine icons and relics which represent more than 5 centuries of religious art.

Some of the most important exhibits are: the Icon of Theotokos Hodeghetria, the Icons of Saints Sergius and Bacchus, and St. Justina, the Icons of St. Demetrios, the Icons of St. Cyril of Alexandreia, "Noli me tangere" (touch me not) and many more.

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The Museum of Solomos
 



  The Museum of Asian Art
The Museum is housed by the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George. It is the only museum of that kind in Greece.
It was founded in 1927 when the Ambassador Gregory Manos donated his private collection of 10.500 objects of Sino Japanese origins. Later the museum was enriched by other private collections of objects from other parts of Asia.

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The Numismatic Museum of Corfu
The Museum was founded by the Ionian Bank in 1981 and is housed in a building designed by the Corfiot architect Ioannis Chronis. It is the only museum of the kind in Greece.

The museum has a great collection of banknotes, bank documents, coins, stamps, and other objects related to banks. The museum also reproduces the modern manufacturing process of banknotes.

The Historical and Folkloric Museum
The Historical and Folkloric museum of Corfu is housed in a traditional building in the village of Sinarades, 12 km of the island’s capital.

One part of the Museum is a reconstitution of a 19th century house’s interior with its kitchen, dinning room and bedroom and with all the utensils and original decoration and furniture.

The other part of the museum exhibits traditional Corfiot every day objects, tools, costumes, musical instruments and many other things...

Dionysios Solomos is the National Greek Poet and lived the major part of his life (1798-1857) in the island of Corfu where he wrote the majority of his work.

The house where he lived still stands today and has been turned by the Corfiot Studies Society into a museum dedicated to his life but also in a centre for Solomos Studies. Many of his personal items have been preserved such as his writing desk.

The museum also exhibits a collection of the poet’s manuscripts, portraits and photographic material.

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The Municipal Gallery of Corfu

The Municipal gallery exhibits a large collection from the work of some Corfiot artists of the 19th century such as Haralambos Pachis, Pavlos Prossalendis the younger, Angelos Giallinas, Vicentios Boccaciampis, S. Skarvelis, Lyk. Koyevinas, G. Samartxis and many others.

Among the most famous exhibits are: "The Assassination of Capodistrias" by Ch. Pachis, "Markas" and "Flock" by A. Giallinas, "The Sphinx" by Sp. Scarvelis, "Warrior of '21" by Sp. Prossalendis, "Arab Musician" by P. Prossalendis and "The Piano Tuner" by G. Samartzis.

The majority of the museum’s collection is mainly composed of donated works.

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