Tinos museums

Tinos museums
Guide to 7 museums in Tinos, Greece

Tinos is an island with strong religious and cultural identity, famous among the spiritual people and the pilgrims. It spans a rich history that begins from the prehistoric times. In the Archaeologicl Museum of Tinos visitors can view a wide collection with ancient findings like vessels and household items from the 5th century BC. The museum lies close to the famous church of Virgin Mary and the most important pieces come from the ancient temples of Demeter and Poseidon.

Tinos is the birthplace of many Greek marble scuplture artists whose works can be viewed in the Museum of Marble Crafts, in the village of Pyrgos. Apart from the fine exhibits, it also presents the history of marble from the antiquity to the modern times. Giannoulis Chalepas is the most famous scupltor in Tinos, renowned worldwide for his work. The museum, features his personal belongings and a lavish collection of statues and smaller works.

Right next to the church in Arnados village lies an ecclessiastical museum that consist of icons, rare frescoes and vestments. It operates for more than 25 years. Of great interest is the Museum of Tinian Artists located within the premises of the church of Evangelistria, in Chora highlighting the work of the local scupltors. On the similar theme is the Art Gallery, another exhibition that is worth seeing once you have visited the church.

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List with the most interesting museums

Archaeological Museum
Location: Town

The Archaeological Museum is located on Megalocharis Ave, on the way to the church of Virgin Mary. It includes findings from excavations all over the island and mostly from the ancient temples of Demeter and of Poseidon.

Location: Pyrgos
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The museum is housed in the same building where the famous Greek sculptor was born in Pyrgos and where he lived his last years. Many of his works are displayed in this museum as well as some of his personal belongings.

Location: Pyrgos
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This museum is located in Tinos, an island with rich tradition in marble sculpture. Unique of its kind in Greece, the museum is housed in a modern, fully-equipped installations. It presents the technology of marble from the ancient times till today.

Location: Town

This museum is housed in the complex of the Monastery of Virgin Mary, in Chora Tinos. It hosts work of famous local painters and sculptors. In fact, Tinos is famous for its long tradition in marble sculpture.

Ecclesiastical Museum
Location: Arnados

Opened in 1987, the museum is located in the village of Arnados, next to the church. The exhibits consist of old icons from various churches of the area, various ecclesiastical items, old books and holy vestments.

Kostas Tsoclis Museum
Location: Kambos

This recently-estabished museum is dedicated to the work of the famous Greek artist, Kostas Tsoclis. The modern building hosts a permanent exhibition and frequently organizes art workshops for children and adults.

Art Gallery
Location: Town

The Art Gallery is housed in a large room in the complex of the church of Virgin Mary. More than 100 paintings and replicas of works made by famous Greek and international artists are exhibited in this gallery as well as paintings from the Italian and the Ionian Renaissance.

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