Cyprus’ oldest private museum, housed in the ancestral home of the Pierides family, presents the history of the country from its prehistoric origins to its colonial past.
The museum is a great journey through time for visitors looking to learn more about the history of Cyprus and its development throughout the ages. The family’s aim with the museum was to protect and preserve Cyprus’ antiquities and prevente the loss of the islands history. Pierides’ efforts were extremely important since during the 19th century and particularly under the Ottoman rule, the archaeological treasures of Cyprus, were traded systematically by various dealers who acted under the cover of various professions (diplomats, bankers) with the sole aim of collecting antiquities and selling them abroad.
Its comprehensive collection was assembled by five generations of the Pierides family and includes some of the most representative items of the island’s civilisation. It charts its economic, social and cultural development over thousands of years.
The objects on display date from 4000 BC to the 15th century AD, and are an important testimony to a centuries-old civilisation that flourished in Cyprus. Prized items in the collection are the red polished ware from the Early Bronze Age, Roman glassware, and medieval ceramic dishes.
The museum operates all year round (except on Public Holidays) for an entrance fee of €3 for adults and €1 for students. For groups consisting of more than 10 persons tickets are €2 per person. Opening and closing times as well as entrance fees, may alter so it is advisable to check prior to visiting.