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The entire island of Corfu can be portrayed as a living museum that provides a beautiful journey throughout the history and culture of this place. Particularly the town is home to many museums which provide insights into the island's various influences.
Of special interest is the Archaeological Museum of Corfu which is enriched by many findings from the ancient cities of the island. The most impressive ones come from the Archaic period like bronze and marble statues, clay pottery, and parts of ancient temples. Also worth seeing is the Byzantine Museum of Antivouniotissa that features rare icons, frescoes, and ecclesiastical items. The church is actually a monument itself built in the 15th century.
Among the most impressive museums to visit and unique in its kind is the Asian Art Museum housed in the Palace of Saint Michael and George. Visitors can view a fascinating collection of Asian items like weapons, swords, masks and sculpture works. All exhibits come from the private collections of Indian countries. One of the places that Greeks can be proud of is Solomos Museum, the old house of the famous Greek poet who also wrote the National Hymn.
Outside Corfu Town, in the picturesque Benitses, it is a pleasure to visit the Sea Shell Museum. There you have the chance to a large collection of shells, fossils and rare fish from the Pacific and the Indian Ocean. The Music Museum aims to honor and present the history of the Philarmonic society with a great photo archive of concerts and other educational activities. You can also the Arachavi Folklore Museum which hosts a private collection of traditional items, the Numismatic Museum, and the Municipal Gallery.
Casa Parlante opened its doors to the public in March 2014 and is actually a living history museum. With animated robotic figures, traditional furniture and real smells and sounds, the museum represents the daily life of a noble 19th-century family.
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