Chios museums

Chios museums
Guide to 5 museums in Chios, Greece
Chios has a long history and its culture began to develop during the neolithic period. Various excavations bear witness to a rich cultural heritage that flourished through many periods. Chios is chracterized by its cosmopolitan atmosphere and the authentic character that remains untouched by time. Its medieval villages are considered places of high interest where history is still alive.

For a comprehensive view in the rich history of Chios you can start from the Byzantine Museum housed in 19th century mosque in the heart of the town. Its extensive collection covers a long period from the Christian times to the 17th century with sculptures and marble tombs from the Jewish cemetery. Equally interesting is the Maritime Museum which illustrates the long nautical history of the island through many forms of art like paintings and photos as well as ship models and tools.

In the traditional village of Pyrgi there is a Folklore Museum that depicts the agricultural life in Chios through various items and photo archive. Those who visit the Monastery of Nea Moni will be surprised to see the small Ecclesiastical Museum which hosts an interesting collection of icons and embroideries made by the nuns.

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Byzantine Museum
Location: Town

Housed in the 19th century Ottoman mosque in the central square of Chios Town, this museum was founded in 1980 and contains a collection of items and findings that have been discovered on the island and donated from private collections. Its exhibits date from the early Christian times till the 17th century.


Location: Town
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Located in a beautiful mansion in Chios Town, this interesting museum illustrates the long nautical history of the island. The museum includes paintings and models of ships that belonged to local sea fearers, photographs and many navigation tools.


Justinian Museum
Location: Town

Justinian Museum (or Palataki) is housed in a historical building that dates from the 15th century AD. It houses Byzantine icons and frescoes and ecclesiastical items from the Venetian times.


Folklore Museum
Location: Pyrgi

This folk art museum is located in the beautiful village of Pyrgi and it was founded by the cultural society "Adamantios Korais". It houses a rich collection of rural and agricultural tools, photographic and local press files and handicraft objects.


Ecclesiastical Museum
Location: Karyes

This small museum is housed in an old cell in the Monastery of Nea Moni. It houses fine post-Byzantine icons, silver ecclesiastical works, embroideries and woven textiles.


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