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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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  • The Museum of Nicosia is home to a large part of the treasures ancient in Cyprus found. It is not big but very rich. To experience a must to learn more about Cyprus and its history for any history fan.
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  • Wonderful museum full of archeological finds and antiquities. I've been to many a museum and I walked around this one in awe and even found myself saying "Wow" out loud a few times. The layout is very...  more »
  • Cyprus museum is a place that you must visit you will see all the history of cypurs there is a great collection  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.