Exploring Culture during Sailing Holidays in Greece
Greek culture is admirable everywhere in the world. There are several museums, open all day, which offer visitors the opportunity to discover important aspects of greek history and travel back in time! There are archaelogical, byzantine, folk art, theme, historical museums and more.
Vathy is the capital and the main harbor of Ithaca. The picturesque village is the largest of the island and is built amphitheatrically around a deep and sheltered bay.
The Aegean Maritime museum was founded in 1983 and opened to the public in 1985. It is located at the area of Tria Pigadia, in a traditional Myconian building of the 19th century.
The Prehistoric Thera Museum, located in Fira, is an amazing building, offering visitors a comfortable tour. In the museum visitors learn about the history and geologyof Thera and see findings from the Neolithic period.
The Santorini Nautical Museum is located in the town of Oia. It was founded in 1956 and it is housed in a mansion since 1990.
The archeological museum of Santorini is located at the center of Fira. It hosts a unique collection of sculptures and inscriptions from the Archaic to the Roman period.
The Archaeological museum of Kos is located at Eleftherias square, in a neoclassical building, designed in 1935. Excavations brought to light findings by the beginning of the century, mainly from the archaeological site of the Market and also from monuments, such as, the Altar of Dionisos, the Odeon and the Roman Residence.
The Antimachia Traditional House is located at the center of Antimachia village and depicts the local architecture of the 20th century. It is also called ‘The Stone House’ since it was built with stones.
The Folklore Museum is 40 km away from the town of Kos, in Kefalos village. It displays a big collection of agricultural tools and objects used throughout the centuries as well asa lot of traditional artifacts such as embroideries, intricate and stunning woven tapestries and silks.
The Archaeological Museum of Chania is located in the Catholic Church of Saint Francis, close to the Venetian Harbor of Chania.
The building of the museum is a monument itself due to its great architecture and rich history.
50 km south of Chania is the mountain village of Askyfou, Sfakia. There is an interesting war museum there, created by a local man, who was travelling all over Crete to collect every vestige of the battle, so as to keep alive the glorious memory of Cretan war history.
The Folklore Museum of Chania is located at the center of the old city of Chania, next to the Catholic church. It houses two personal collections of folklore items, clothes and agricultural tools from Crete of past decades.
The typography museum of Chania is located near Souda. The museum was opened to public in 2005.
The Archaeological Museum of Lefkada is housed in the newly constructed building of the cultural center of Lefkada, in the center of the town. This museum has a rich collection of many things which cover a large chronological period.
The Phonograph Museum is a small private museum, located near the old city of Lefkada. It hosts phonographs, records, rare objects of use, currency and post cards, instruments, boxes, seals and many other decorative items.
The Ecclesiastic Museum of Faneromeni Monastery is located in the village of Fryni, just 4 km from the town of Lefkada. The museum houses many objects of ecclesiastic art.
The Maritime Museum of Chios is located in the center of Chios town. It was donated by the ship owner Anastasios Pateras.
The Byzantine museum is located in the central square of Chios town. It was founded in 1980 and hosts findings which were discovered in the island and donated by private collectors.
The archeological museum of Paros located in Paroikia was constructed in 1960. The museum hosts findings that were brought to light during excavations in Paros and Antiparos.
The Byzantine Art museum of Paros is located in the center of village Marpissa. The building was used to be a catholic school during the Turkish domination.
The Averof Warship is probably the most impressive surviving naval vessel of the Hellenic Navy. The Averof was launched in 1911 and remained active for more than 40 years.
The Archaeological Museum of Kea is located in the entrance of Ioulida village near the central square. The building was constructed in 1970 and hosts findings from excavations in the island.
The Acropolis museum is located in the center of Athens, in the southeast corner of Acropolis rock and has a total area of 25,000 square meters. It is a brand new museum which was built to host exhibits that were found during the excavations in the Acropolis and were too many to fit in the former small Acropolis Museum.
The Geological Museum of Naxos is located in Apeiranthos, a beautiful village 30 km away from Hora. It was founded in 1964 and operated for only 4 years.
The industrial museum of Syros is located next to the neoclassical buildings of Ermoupoli, close to the industrial zone. Visitors can see pictures of local painters depicting the island in the 19th century, products of the women’s association from the early 20th century and a digital representation of public and industrial buildings.
The Marble Crafts Museum of Tinos is just outside the village of Pyrgos. It presents the history of marble crafting on Tinos from the ancient years until today.
The Archeological museum of Rethymno was founded in 1887. Since 1991 the museum is located in the center of the old town of Rethymno opposite the main entrance of Fortezza.
The Museum of Ancient, Byzantine and post-Byzantine Musical Instruments are housed in the old Community building of Oia in Santorini. The interesting collection of Mr Halaris, a famous musician, includes musical instruments that date from 2,800 B.
The Municipal Art Gallery is located on the top of Halidon Street in Concert Koundouros. It is a three-floor building, built in 1910.
The Modern Greek Art Museum presents extensive painting and engraving collections, numerous sculptures, drawings and documents of historical value. Some of these works of art are considered to be of great significance and they are chosen in order to narrate the history of art.
The White Tower is located in Nikis street which is the sea boulevard and the most recognisable spot in Thessaloniki. The exact date of its construction is not known but most likely it was built sometime after 1530.
On the southern coast of Lesvos, Plomari, the ouzo capital of Greece, is built amphitheatrically near the sea and is the second largest town in the island after Mytilini. This is where the famous Barbayiannis Ouzo comes from as well as several other smaller labels like the excellent Ouzo Giannatsi, both distilled in the traditional method.
The beautifully preserved Old Town of Corfu, is a UNESCO world heritage site, where Renaissance, Baroque and Classical cultures come together and fuse with local artistic traditions. Palaces, fortresses, buildings of the Venetian rule uniquely blend with the Greek architecture, small secluded squares and the so-called ‘Kantoúnia’ the vaulted passages that make you feel as if you’ve travelled to Italy.
The museum is located within the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth. The exhibition consists of two main galleries housing sculpture, ceramics, and minor objects from prehistoric through medieval date deriving from excavations in and around Corinth.