The 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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  • Presentation to the former, with a profusion of objects very prior to the development of civilization Greek, this museum shows that Cyprus has always been one of the poles of development of humanity.
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  • I wanted to find out about the history of Cyprus and this was not the place. Received quite a hostile welcome and didn't receive any information so we walked around and read the limited information on...  more »
  • An excellent museum full of fascinating exhibits from the Hellenistic, Roman and Greek eras. Very modern, well laid out museum where exhibits are displayed to maximum effect. Highlights include their ...  more »
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  • Worth visiting to get a taste of the history of the island. Amazing excavations have filled a relatively small museum but the knowledge and the passion of our guide carried us away to another era. Recommended 👌
  • The museum is amazing, and the collection of pottery is priceless. I personally believe that the museum is one of the best in the world. You should remember that the facility is closed no Monday, so plan your time properly.
  • Nice but tiny archaeological museum.Many potteries and statues. I think it needs expansion. Worth of visiting.
  • Great collection of artifacts. It would be perfect if they had a guide or recorded descriptions of items and their stories.
  • Great museum, some really interesting artefacts from all over Cyprus. Definitely worth a visti

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