Cyprus Archaeological Museum
Reconstructed tomb © Molly
The Cyprus Archaeological Museum was established to collect, study and display archaeological artefacts from all over the island. The first museum, located at a different site, was established in 1888; some of the exhibits are 8,500 years old. The museum is arranged in chronological order. The first hall contains pottery and implements from the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods whilst the other rooms trace the history of Cyprus through the ages from the Bronze Age, Hellenic Period, Mycenaean times, and Roman Period to the early Byzantine.
A unique feature of the museum lies in the basement, where several graves rest in a dark cellar complete with skeletal remains and grave adornments that have been reconstructed. Although it is not a huge museum, visitors interested in ancient history and archaeology will be blown away by the wealth of artefacts in this collection. As an extra bonus, the museum is lovely and cool inside, with good air-conditioning, which can be a great joy on hot Cyprus days.
Address: 1 Mouseiou Street, Old City