Looking for an exciting way to learn about the island’s long-standing history and amalgamating culture, head to the Cyprus Museum.
Based in Nicosia, the museum takes you on a journey through the island’s complicated history as a colony of many empires from its Neolithic beginnings to its Byzantine heritage. The museum’s impressive collection comprises finds from extensive excavations conducted throughout the island.
The collections consist of pottery, jewellery, sculpture, coins, copper objects and other artefacts, all exhibited chronologically in the various museum galleries. A few of the collection’s historically important pieces include Early Bronze Age pottery from Vouni, Late Bronze Age golden jewellery from Egkomi, a first-century BCE statue of Aphrodite of Soloi and the cross-shaped idol of the Chalcolithic period.
The historic museum was completed in 1924, when Cyprus was still a British colony. Several extensions were later added to exhibit its vast collections.
Operating all year round, it is open all days expect on Mondays and public holidays. To assure its opening and closing hours, as these might alter according to season, it is advisable to check before visiting. Please note that every first Wednesday of the month the opening hours of the museum are from 08:00 – 20:00.
The usual entrance fee to the museum is €4.50, for organised groups consisting of more than 10 persons there is a 20% reduction on the entry fees. You might also want to check with the Department of Antiquities, as they can issue special entry cards for all its museums and ancient monuments: One (1) day entry cards – €8,50, three (3) day entry cards – €17,00, seven (7) day entry cards – €25,00.