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Cyprus Museum, Nicosia

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The Cyprus Museum is the oldest and largest archaeological museum in Cyprus.The museum houses artefacts discovered during numerous excavations on the island. The museum is home to the most extensive collection of Cypriot antiquities in the world and is located on Museum Street in central Nicosia. Its history goes hand in hand with the course of modern archaeology in Cyprus. Of note is that only artefacts discovered on the island are displayed.HistoryAs an institution, the Cyprus Museum was founded in 1882 during the British occupation of the island following a petition by the Cypriot people. This makes the museum 131 years old. The petition was delivered to the British administration by a delegation headed by the religious leaders of both the Christian and Muslim populations. A major catapult for this action were several illicit excavations and the smuggling of antiquities off the island. The most extensive of these had been carried out a few years earlier by the United States Ambassador, Luigi Palma di Cesnola, who had smuggled over 35,000 artefacts off the island, most of which were destroyed in transit. Many of the surviving items ended up in the newly formed Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and are currently on display in their own galleries on the second floor.The initial museum was funded by private donations and was temporarily housed in existing governmental offices. It moved to its own premises in 1889 on Victoria Street within the medieval walls of the city. Construction of the current building began in 1908 and was originally dedicated to the memory of the British monarch, Queen Victoria. It was designed by the architect N. Balanos of the Archaeological Society of Athens and construction was supervised by George H. Everett Jeffery then curator of the museum. In 1961 a second set of galleries, storerooms and offices was completed.
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  • Any Cyprus travelers should visit before or after the island tour of this museum. Here shows the entire history of the island by means of outstanding objects. Take time (2 hours)! and also the texts read with patience! Photography is possible!
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  • Do not miss the Archaeological Museum of Nicosia that preserves many interesting finds from all over Cyprus and offers a comprehensive view of civilization this island so important in ancient history (and not only!) in the Mediterranean. Among the many materials from all eras, particularly pleasant to admire the small sculptures, the delightful dee mothers to figurines that show scenes from daily life. Created during the British rule in memory of Queen Victoria, as the plaque at the entrance, the Museum unfortunately kept a little too nineteenth-century print.
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  • This is a well laid out archaeological museum.Full of statues and artefacts from ancient times.Principally for those who are interested in this sort of object.  more »
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  • Wow moment. Some of the exhibits were stunning. Must visit when in Nicosia
  • This was a very nice museum and building, definitely worth a visit when you're in Nicosia as a tourist and love to visit museums. I've been there for around 3-4 hours checking out the whole collection. Cheap income prices (and if I remember correctly students (including erasmus and foreign) could visit this museum for free)
  • Fantastic museum in the centre of Nicosia with very well preserved artifacts. It is definitely worth a visit!
  • The biggest in town with nice selections to see and discover the history of the island.
  • A somewhat small museum but definitely worth to visit during a stay on Nicosia. Cyprus has such a rich history.