Paros is home to many museums that provide insight into the life, culture, and history of the island. The island is linked to many historical periods beginning from the paleolithic times to modern times. Thus it is no wonder that the most interesting museum in the Aegean Sea is the archaeological museum of Paros.
The museum lies close to Panagia Ekantontapiliani, one of the island's religious symbols and includes hundreds of findings from the Neolithic to Roman times. The entire history of Paros is re-created before your eyes through a vast collection of sculptures, vessels, statues, and other items. If you care to visit the actual church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani you will also get a tour of the small Byzantine Museum that displays rare icons, jewelry, and relics. The church of Agios Athanasios in Naoussa is also home to another Byzantine collection that will impress you.
Paros is the birthplace of many artists and the art lovers will definitely enjoy visiting the Sculpture Museum in Marpissa village. The art museum showcases the fine works of a famous Parian sculptor, Nikos Perantinos. The folklore museums of Paros are scattered in the villages of Aliki and Lefkes. Visitors will have a complete view of the tools and items used by the locals in the previous century.
The Archaeological Museum of Paros is located in the capital town, Parikia. It hosts findings from excavations on the island, mostly from the sanctuaries of Apollo and Asklepios. The most famous exhibit is the statue of Gorgo.
Housed in the Church of Ekatontapiliani, the Byzantine Museum of Parikia exhibits a collection of rare and valuable icons, various religious relics and other ecclesiastical items dating from the post-Byzantine period.
The Folklore Art Museum of Lefkes is exhibiting a collection of various everyday objects, utensils, embroideries, textiles, tools and more, showing the traditional life of the inhabitants of Paros in the past.