Information on the major museums, galleries and cultural sites of Cyprus, including opening hours and highlights...
Cyprus, being one of the oldest civilisations in the Mediterranean, has many museums and sites of interest, especially for the history enthusiast.
Although there is no special museum pass or card for visitors, most museums are free or charge a nominal entrance fee.
- For the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) website: Click here
- For information on things of cultural interest from the CTO website: Click here
The Aphrodite Cultural Route is a collection of eleven archaeological, nature and cultural sites throughout Cyprus dedicated to the legendary history of the Goddess Aphrodite. The sites are marked with placards explaining the significance of the site. Maps can be obtained from the Cyprus Tourism Offices.
Cyprus Archaeological Museum: Tracing the history of civilization in Cyprus from prehistoric times to the early Christian period, this museum houses artefacts found during excavations on the island. A highlight is the gold jewellery collection.
- Cyprus Archaeological Museum
At: 1 Mouseiou Street, Nicosia
Tel: 22 865 857 / 22 865 864
Open: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 08:00-16:00; Thursday 08:00-17:00; Saturday 09:00-16:00; Sunday 10:00-13:00. Closed Mondays
- For information from the government of Cyprus on the Cyprus Archaeological Museum: Click here
Cyprus Museum of Natural History: The Cyprus Museum of Natural History's 2,500 exhibits are dedicated to the flora and fauna of Cyprus. It features stuffed mammals, birds, insects and reptiles as well as minerals, shells and fossils.
- Cyprus Museum of Natural History
At: Old Limassol-Nicosia Road, Carlsberg Factory, 2251 Nicosia
For a map: Click here
Tel: 22 585 858
Fax: 22 585 909
Byzantine Museum and Art Gallery (Plateia Archiepiskopou Kyprianou): This museum has the largest collection of Byzantine icons on Cyprus, which date from the ninth to eighteenth centuries. The art gallery features oil paintings, maps and lithographs. Archbishop Makarios III Cultural Center (Archbishopric).
- Byzantine Museum and Art Gallery
At: Arch. Kyprianos Square, 1505 Nicosia
Tel: 22 430 008
Fax: 22 430 667
Open: Monday to Friday 09:00-16:30; Saturday 09:00-13:00
Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation: The Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation (BOCC) was created in 1984 to preserve and promote the Hellenic culture (and artefacts) of Cyprus. It includes the Museum of the George and Nefeli Giabra Pierides Collection, Museum of the History of Cypriot Coinage, the Agora (the Foundation's shop), and exhibition and lecture halls. An open air theatre is located in the courtyard.
Museum of the George and Nefeli Giabras Pierides Collection: Housed at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, this collection features the ancient art of Cyprus and features artefacts from 2500 BC to 1500 AD.
- Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation (BOCF)
At: 86-88-90, Phaneromenis Str, 1011 Nicosia
Tel: 22 677 134
Fax: 22 662 898
Open: Monday to Friday 10:00-17:00
Museum of the History of Cypriot Coinage: A numismatic museum which features Cypriot coins dating from 500 BCE. Free entry.
- Bank of Cyprus Administrative Headquarters
At: 51 Stasinou Str., Agia Paraskevi area, 2002 Nicosia
Tel: 22 677 134
Open: Monday to Friday 8:00-14:30 (closed on public holidays)
National Struggle Museum: A museum chronicling the National Organisation of Cypriot Fighters (Ethniki Organosis Kyprion Agoniston) movement from 1955-1959 against British rule in Cyprus. Free entry.
- National Struggle Museum
At: Near the Archibishopric, Plateia Arch. Kyprianou, Nicosia
Tel: 22 305 878 / 22 305 879 / 22 305 881
Open: Monday to Friday 08:00-14:00; Thursday 15:00-17:30 (no afternoon opening in July or August)
Leventis Museum of the City of Nicosia: A museum of the history of Nicosia/Lefkosia. Free entry.
- Leventis Museum of the City of Nicosia
At: 17 Ippokratous Street, Laiki Geitonia, Nicosia
Tel: 22 661 475
Fax: 22 662 285
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-16:30
The Cyprus Classic Motorcycle Museum: A collection of more than 150 motorcycles from 1941 to 1983, as well as projection room, gift shop, part shop for vintage motorcycles and a coffee shop.
- The Cyprus Classic Motorcycle Museum
At: 44 Granikou Str (at the corner of Arsinois Str and Granikou Str), 1010 Nicosia, Cyprus
Tel: 22 680 222
Open: Monday to Friday 09:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00; Saturday: 09:00-13:00
State Gallery of Contemporary Art: The State Gallery of Contemporary Art houses artwork produced since the late 19th century by Cypriot artists. Entry is free.
- State Gallery of Contemporary Art
At: the intersection of Gonia Leoforou Stasinou Avenue and Kritis Street, Nicosia
Tel: 22 458 228
Open: Monday to Friday 10:00-16:45; Saturday 10:00-12:45
Limassol District Archaeological Museum: The Limassol District Archaeological Museum houses antiquities chronicling the development of civilisation on the island of Cyprus from Prehistoric times to the Late Roman period.
- Limassol District Archaeological Museum
At: Vyronos Str (at the corner of Kanningos Str)
Tel: 05 305 157
Fax: 05 305 173
Open: Monday to Friday 07:30-17:00; Saturday 09:00-17:00; Sunday 10:00-13:00
The Castle of Limassol and Cyprus Medieval Museum: The Cyprus Medieval Museum is housed in the Castle of Limassol. The original castle has seen many transformations due to wars as well as earthquakes and stands today as a declared archaeological site and cultural monument.
- The Castle of Limassol and Cyprus Medieval Museum
At: Richard & Berengaria Street (near the old port)
Tel: 05 305 419
Open: Monday to Friday 07:30-17:00; Saturday 09:00-17:00
Choirokoitia: A UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, Choirokoitia (Khirokitia) is considered one of the most important prehistoric archaeological sites in the Eastern Mediterranean. Recreated structures aid the visitor in visualising how the ruins were once arranged and give insight into the lives of these first inhabitants of Cyprus, ancient peoples who were making initial forays into agriculture and sedentary living.
Tel: 24 322 710
Open: November to March, 08:00-17:00. April to May and September to October, 08:00-18:00. June to August, 08:00-19:30
Nominal entrance fee
Museum of Traditional Embroidery & Silver-Smithing (Patsalos Residence): Located in the House of Patsalos, this museum features the renowned locally-made lace (lefkaritika) and silver products.
- Museum of Traditional Embroidery & Silver-Smithing
At: Lefkara village, 40 Km from Larnaka, 8 Km from Skarinou, off the Lefkosia-Lemesos motorway.
Tel: 357 24 342 326
Open: Monday to Thursday 09:30-16:00; Friday and Saturday 10:00-16:00. Closed Sunday
Larnaka District Medieval Museum (Larnaka Fort): A museum housing Medieval artefacts housed in Larnaka Fort, which was used as a prison during British rule.
- Larnaka District Medieval Museum
At: Larnaka seafront
Tel: 24 304 576
Open: January, February, November and December, Monday to Friday, 09:00-17:00. March, April, September and October, Monday to Friday 09:00-18:00. June to August, Monday to Friday 09:00-19:00. Closed weekends
Municipal Museum of Natural History (Leoforos Grigori Afxentiou): The museum houses a large collection of rare local animals and insects as well as rocks and fossils. Plants and animals from the sea around Cyprus are also on display.
- Municipal Museum of Natural History
At: Larnaka (in the Larnaka Municipal Gardens)
Tel: 24 652 569
Open: June to August, open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-13:00 and 16:00-18:00. September to May, open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-13:00 and 15:00-17:00
Pierides Archaeological Museum: Considered one of the most important museums in Cyprus, the Pierides Archaeological Museum houses artefacts chronicling 9,000 years of the island's history, including maps, glassware and sculpture.
- Pierides Archaeological Museum
At: Laiki Group Cultural Centre, 4 Zinonos Kitieos Street
Tel: 24 814 555
Fax: 24 817 868
Open: Monday to Thursday 09:00-16:00; Friday to Saturday 09:00-13:00. Closed Sunday.
The House of Gabriel and Eleni Papachristoforou: A specimen of local architecture from the 19th century, this stone house once belonged to a wealthy agricultural family and gives visitors a peek into rural life in the area.
- The House of Gabriel and Eleni Papachristoforou
At: Kato Drys village
Tel: 24 342 833
Fax: 24 342 199
Paphos District Archaeological Museum: This museum houses archaeological artefacts found in the Paphos district dating back to Prehistoric times. The exhibits demonstrate the district's ties with Athens.
- Pahpos District Archaeological Museum
At: 43 Griva Digeni Street, Paphos
Tel: 26 306 215
Fax: 25 991 089
Open: Monday to Friday 07:30-14:30 and 15:00-17:00; Thursday 15:00-18:00; Saturday to Sunday 10:00-13:00
Tombs of the Kings: Impressive tombs of local aristocrats buried in the fourth century BC, the tombs are carved out of solid rock and include details such as frescoes and carved pillars.
- Tombs of the Kings
Tel: 26 940 295
Open: Daily; November to March 08:00-17:00; April to May and September to October 08:00-18:00; June to August, 08:00-19:30
Nominal entrance fee
Palaipafos: This ancient town, and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is now located in the modern village of Kouklia, 16 Km east of Paphos. Highlights of Palaipafos are the Sanctuary of Aphrodite, which was mentioned in the writings of Homer, and the Lusignian Manor House (built in the 13th century).
Tel: 26 432 180 / 26 934 250
Open: Daily; November through March 08:00-17:00; April and May 08:00-16:00; June and August 08:00-16:00; September and October 08:00-16:00.