Whilst strolling around the capital’s old town, you’ll find the Cyprus Postal Museum situated right in the heart of it, just behind Archangelos Michael Trypiotis church. Homed on the ground floor of an historic two-storey mansion the museum was founded in 1981 and displays the island’s rich postal history, dating back to the Venetian period in the 15th century.
Running for over 120 years, the postal service has acquired a rich assemblage waiting to be explored.
Collection lovers can admire the halls of the museum exhibiting postage stamps and rich philatelic material in chronological order, including material from the period of British Rule. In particular, the oldest series of Cypriot stamps can be seen with the portrait of Queen Victoria of England, which are overprinted with the word ‘Cyprus,’ as well as the first dedicated Cypriot series of 1928 that depicts historic sites and figures related to the island’s long history.
Other exhibits include ‘first day of issue’ envelopes and stamps issued since the proclamation of the Republic of Cyprus in 1960 until today, that showcase the island’s historical dates, great figures, culture, touristic sights, monuments and overall contribution to civilization. Methods of insuring post is also displayed, from sealing-wax to machinery, along with weighing scales and other philatelic books and magazines.
The museum is closed on Sunday and on Public Holidays, but can open for groups with prior notice, we suggest checking prior visiting to assure the opening hours and free entrance fees.