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Museums in Corfu - Antivouniotissa Museums

The Museum of Asian Art, which is unique in Greece, is exclusively dedicated to the art and antiquities from the Far East. It is housed in the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, a characteristic sample of British neo-classical architecture. The same palace is the home of the Municipal Art Gallery of Corfu, with outstanding exhibits of the Eptanesian School.

In the Byzantine Museum of Corfu (Antivouniotissa) are exhibited icons from the 15th to the 19th century, which bear witness to Corfu’s outstanding role in the evolution of the ecclesiastic art of painting.

Banknote Museum in Corfu The Banknote Museum of Greece in Corfu is one of the top banknote museums in the world. Its collection includes rare banknotes and is accommodated in the historic Ionian Bank building. A visit to the Music Museum “Nikolaos Halikiopoulos Mantzaros” brings to light Corfu’s long music tradition. The house where Dionysios Solomos, Greece’s national poet, lived, houses a museum of the same name with a rich library. In the Serbian Hearth (or the Serbian House) revive moments of the past, when Corfu, which was the allied forces’ military base, offered shelter to the Serbian army.

Findings which come exclusively from the island of Corfu are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Palaeopolis, in the Mon Repos Mansion. These exhibits display the island’s continuous presence in the ancient world.

The neo-classical style building of the Ionian Parliament is the place where the unification of the Ionian Islands with Greece was passed. Today, the building operates as a branch of the Municipal Art Gallery and serves as the venue for civil marriage ceremonies. The Ionian Academy housed the first Greek University and nowadays is a department of the Ionian University.

In the Kapodistrias Museum, 4 kilometres away from Corfu Town, are exhibited personal objects of Greece’s first Governor, Ioannis Kapodistiras, who was an outstanding personality in the history of Europe. The Castello Mimbelli Villa, in the village Kato Korakiana, accommodates a branch of the National Art Gallery.

In the village Sinarades, there is the Historic Folk Museum of Messi, an original 19th century house presenting the everyday life of a rural family from that time. The Olive Tree Museum, which is housed in an old olive press in the village Kynopiastes, acquaints the visitor with the traditional olive tree processing methods. The olive tree products are directly related to the locals’ way of life. The images drawn from Corfu’s countryside in the early past century are complemented by a visit to the Acharavi Folk Museum.

 
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