MUSEUMS
MUSEUMS

Thalassa Ayia Napa Municipal Museum

The museum has the sea as a subject-matter. The exhibits cover a chronological span, from pale ontological to prehistoric periods until present times and include among others an exact life size replica of the ancient ship of Kyrenia of the Classical period (400 B.C.), the replica of a Mesolithic (9200 B.C.) papyrus vessel, a traditional Cypriot boat of 19th century, known as “Passara”, Cypriot antiquities, bones and skulls of endemic pygmy hippopotamus and elephants of Cyprus (8000 years old) and fossilized exhibits such as sea-urchin and corals, gypsum. Moreover, the visitors could admired stuffed fish, mammals, sea turtles and marine organism such as shells, barnacles, corals, sea-urchins, starfish, crabs, lobsters, sponges, marine plants and others found in various parts of the island.

CAPE GREKO ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER

The Cape Greko Environmental Center includes three aquariums which present the marine habitats of Cape Greko area and host fish of the region. In addition the architectural design has been awarded the first prize in the Architecture Competition. The guests enter the Environmental Center by an appropriately arranged hallway. Moreover in the lobby there is a store, which offer souvenirs from the area of the National Park of Cape Greko. Passing the lobby, the visitor enter the area of informative lectures and exhibition. At that point the visitor can be informed about the terrestrial, marine and underwater wealth of the region. In the media area there is an educational area. In addition experienced staff deliver courses to school students, about Cape Greko (Kavo Gkreko), Cyprus and the natural environment in general.

The Traditional Cypriot House

Τhe Traditional Cypriot House is located in the old center of Paralimni. It was built in the 19th century and has been carefully renovated to maintain its distinctive character. Its traditional arches together with the local flowers planted in its foreyard make the house particularly beautiful. Household utensils and farming tools used by a typical rural family of the region are in display in the three rooms of the house as well as in the courtyard. The House apart from serving as museum is at the disposal of couples wishing to have a traditional backdrop to their wedding.

Open Air Traditional Folk Art Museum

The Open Air Traditional Folk Art Museum is located on No. 3 Dimitri Liberty Street opposite Deryneia Folk Art Museum. It includes exhibition spaces / rooms dedicated to traditional professions such as "Furniture Maker", "Carpenter", "Shoe Maker", "Tailor", "Blacksmith", "Builder", "Barber", "Sculptor", “Fisherman", "Farmer" etc. In the semi-outdoor areas, there are also exhibitions of traditional items. Civil marriages and cultural events are organised.
Museum Hours:
Summer: Monday - Saturday excluding holidays 9:00 to 13:00 & 15:00 to 18:00
Winter: Monday - Saturday excluding holidays 9:00 to 13:00 and 15:00 to 17:00
Entrance Fee’s: € 2/Person - Groups € 1/Person

Ecclesiastical Museum

The chapel of St. George is a stone-built, single-aisle, vaulted church, built on the site of an earlier temple. According to information from father George Ioannou, when residents in 1899 gathered in the temple ruins then to commit Liturgy built a tent with sheets to shade or cover roughly the area. Strong rain caused them problems and decided to build a new temple. South of the church were found burials. In the space of the church operates today the ecclesiastical museum of the community, setting out important ecclesiastical treasures as sacred images, old forms Gospels, liturgical books, crosses, liturgical vessels and others.

Ethnographic Museum Pierides Fountation

The community of Avgorou within its efforts to preserve, protect and promote the cultural heritage of the area, bought and renovated the Koutras’ House, a rare specimen of traditional architecture of the area, built in 1921.This impressive farmhouse, built of stone, is one of the few houses in the area with outer coating. The Avgorou Community Council bought all of the construction, as well as a part of the plot including the stockyard, the water reservoir, the wheel-well and the courtyard. With the co-operation of the Pierides Foundation the house has been renovated and is now functioning as the Avgorou – Pierides Foundation Folk Art Museum, aspiring to bring to the community an invaluable example of the Folk Art tradition of the area.
The Museum hosts the kind donations of Folk Art items from the personal collections of several of the Avgorou residents, as well as the important Folk Art collection of the Pierides Foundation. This includes amongst others rare 19th century wood-carved furniture, priceless traditional textiles and embroideries of the 18th – 19th century, costumes, silverware and pottery, a collection of nine paintings by the great Cypriot folk artist Michael Kassialos, as well as many other traditional utensils and tools. The collection – an invaluable tool for the studying of the different expressions of Cyprus Folk Art – and the family inheritance of the Pierides Foundation add up to the completed picture of a rich, urban household equipment of the last centuries. Moreover, the visitor of the museum has the opportunity to see the cultural and commercial relations of those years between Cyprus and the West, the East, and especially the relations of the island with the rest of the Greek islands.

Folk Art Museum

he Deryneia Folk Art Museum is hosted in an old traditional house and is located on 2 Dimitri Liberty Street. Apart from the equipment you would find in a traditional Cypriot house, agricultural tools used by a traditional farming family.
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