The wider region of Corfu (Corfu, Paxos, Othoni, Erikousa , Mathraki) is a sight , a living museum of history, culture and nature .
A piece of history traveling in the sea.
No matter where you turn, you are bound to see images whose origins can be traced in old times . History , culture and traditions are carefully kept in museums and well cared for collections . Rare and original exhibits , traces and leads of a distant voyage through time , are preserved with respect and moments of the past come back to life before the eyes of the visitor .
Downtown Corfu you will find important museums ; the historic center of Corfu was declared one of the UNESCO Monuments of World Cultural Heritage in the summer 2007 and is itself the most important sight of the island.
The past of Corfu is right here, before your eyes, at the city palace, , the two fortresses ,on traditional buildings and mansions , very easily accessible and evident .
The richest historical collection is at the Archaeological Museum , where the predominant exhibit is the stunning 6th century BC Gorgo gable.
The Museum of Far Eastern Art , the only one of its kind in Greece and one of the finest in Europe is housed in the Palace of Saints Michael and George, and constitutes the most important monument of the period of the British rule.
An Orthodox church of the 15th century, dedicated to Virgin Mary Antivouniotissa , has been turned into a Museum, to house the religious expression of the Byzantine tradition , combined with the influence from the west.
A little after that, there is the house of Dionysios Solomos, National Poet of Greece, and it is home to the museum bearing his name, as well as to the significant Corfu Studies Society.
The historic building of the Ionic Bank has been home, since 1981, of the Banknote Museum, unique for Greece and one of the most interesting worldwide .
The hacienda of Mon Repos , in the splendid park of Palaiopolis , houses part of the Archaeological Museum with exhibits from the ancient town of Corfu.
In the villages and the nearby islands you will visit museums which present the history, the people, the popular art, customs and traditions of the places.
The Historic Folklore Museum of Messi is housed in a well preserved 19th century cottage and it contains really rich collections of traditional clothes from Corfu, everyday life items, tools, cooking utensils, and home and professional items( Sinarades ).
The Olives Museum is housed in a perfectly preserved oil mill of the early 20th century, and it displays a rich collection of tools and means for the elaboration of oils and the extraction of olive oil( Kinopiastes ).
The Kapodistrias Museum , with an exhibition of personal items of Ioannis Kapodistrias, a Minister of the Ionian State, the first autonomous State to be founded on Greek territory , Foreign Affairs Minister of Russia , one of the main contributors to the Swiss Constitution and the first Governor of Greece( Evropouli ).
At Benitses village, a few km outside Corfu town, there is the Sea Museum , which displays the wealth of the sea .
The Folk Museum of Paxos displays a local house and really interesting exhibits, that portray the living conditions in a local house during the past centuries( Gai, Paxos ).
Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Ages.
Collections and exhibits: Statues, gables, pots of copper or marble, burial findings and trivia.
It contains wonderful collections from countries of the Far East . This building was the headquarters of the British Army Staff , the headquarters of the Ionian Senate , and the summer residence of the Royal Family of Greece.
Collections and exhibits: Chinese items from the Mingh , Soungh , Cheu, Chan, Wei, Ching dynasties.
Japanese items, like weapons and masks.
Objects from Pakistan , India, Nepal, Thibet, Cambodia, Corea, Thailand and Siam .
Furniture, portraits, medals, paintings, small items of the presidents of the Ionian Senate and heirlooms.
Olive tree museum is housed in a perfectly preserved olive mill of the early 20th century and it has got a large collection of tools and means for the elaboration of olives for the production of olive oil, as well as tools of the region's farmers .
The museum has received a merit from the Research Institute I.R.E.D.A. of italy .
Collections and exhibits: sea-shells, fossils, sponges, corals, embalmed fish, lobsters, crab, smakes, sharks and jaws, sea urchins etc. from the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as well as from the Mediterranean Sea
The museum is to honor the national poet of Greece, who lived part of his life and died in that house in Corfu house. Solomos was a significant personality of his time , affecting not only the Greek revolution , but also the Italian revolution (Manzini, Emilio & Attilio Bandiera ).
Collections and exhibits: Furniture, portraits, photographs and personal items of Dionysios Solomos.