Ios is identified with Homer, the most important poet of antiquity, as it is believed to be buried there, in Plakoto. The interesting antiquities of the island bear witness to a rich historical background. Excavations brought to light numerous treasures from the Cycladic times.
The Archaeological Museum of Ios is housed in the beautiful 20th-century neoclassical building, at the center of the town and exhibits dozens of findings from different periods including prehistoric tools and other items from the inhabited settlements. The collection includes lovely pottery and ceramic pieces, relics and marble statues.
A short walk away from Chora, in Kolitsani area, there is the Modern Art Museum. It owns the private collection of Jean Marie Dro, a French writer, and cinematographer. Paintings, sculptures, photos and personal items are on display.