Museums in Larnaca

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Larnaca museums benefit from the long and interesting history that this Cyprus city has had. One of the oldest cities on the island, and the only one to be continuously inhabited since it's founding over 6000 years ago, Larnaca is filled with history, much of it still out on the streets and not yet relegated to a museum. Of course, Larnaca has some great museums, filled with interesting artifacts from all around the region. Here is a brief overview of some of Larnaca's great museums.

Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum is located very close to the ruins of Kitium, Larnaca's oldest outdoor ruins. You can see the remains of the actual buildings built on Cyprus more than 10,000 years ago, and then visit the Archaeological Museum to follow up and learn more.

The Pierides Foundation Museum

Privately owned this museum was originally opened by Dimitrios Pierides in the 19th century. Its exhibits range from medieval to the Byzantine empire as well as some more recent Greek sculptures.

Larnaca Fort

The Larnaca Fort, located on the seafront, was built in 1625 and originally used as a prison. It is now home to the Medieval Museum, showcasing artifacts from the Medieval period of Cyprus' history.

Palaeontology Museum

The Palaeontology Museum can be a little tricky to find, as it is located inside the Larnaca Municipal Cultural Center. It is well worth seeing, however, as you can see the fossilized remains of pygmy elephants and hippopotamus's that lived on the island of Cyprus centuries ago.

This city has all kinds of wonderful museums that have many types of unique collections. If you are one of those who enjoy studying ages of long ago Ayia Napa is a traveler's haven for you. Or you may just want to satisfy your curiosity while you also are having fun in the sun. No matter, many museums are at your disposal. Museums hold old archeological bones from a long time ago. Others hold items from various cultures like pottery, ceramics, and statues. In addition real nice jewelry and hand carved furniture show the craftsmanship of prior civilizations and empires. Three museums are buildings that have specific collections pertaining to the island of Cyprus. Museums that are located in Ayria Napa are listed below.          

The Pierides Museum
Zinonos Kitieos 4, Larnaca, Cyprus CY
Tel: +357 2481 4555
The Museum is the house of the Pierides family who has been getting all kinds of precious pieces of art  and folklores’ items. This collection was started by Demetrios Pierides in 1839 and continued for the span of 5 generations. The primary collectibles to view are pottery and ceramics dated back to 7000 B.C. up until A.D. 1700. In addition to these remarkable works there are colorful embroideries, woven cloths, carved furniture and jewelry. The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. On Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. There is a charge for admission.

Archaeological Museum
Odos Kalogreon, Larnaca, Cyprus CY
Tel: +357 2463 0169
A well-known museum in the Larnaca District. it has drawn many people from around the world who are interested in what this building houses. The building was made to look functional, and each piece that is on display has information about it right before you. Several nations have items here from their empires such as Ancient Kition, Mycene and Roman. The various articles that you can enjoy looking at are: a large collection of pottery, glassware, terracotta figurines and folk art works. It is open Monday to Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m.  to 2:30 p.m. and on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is an admission charge.

Municipal Museum of Natural History
Leoforos Grigoriou Afxentiou, Larnaca, Cyprus CY
Tel: +357 2456 2569
This beautiful museum is a favorite with families that are visiting who have young kids. It is located in the esteemed Larnaca Municipal Gardens. It is such a hit with the kids because the displays are filled with all kinds of fun things to look at. The attractions include many stuffed animals and insects. The rooms are filled with fossils and minerals and exotic birds. All of these displays are from Cyprus.The museum is open: June to September, Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. October to  May, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.. There is admission charge.

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