It houses findings that come from the island of Corfu exclusively and which reveal the cultural presence of the island in the ancient times, from the Paleolithic years to the roman era. The museum was constructed between 1962 and 1965, with the main aim to exhibit the gigantic pediment of Artemis-Gorgon. the pediment is divided in three themes that derive from the Greek mythology of Gods and heroes. The central figure is Medusa-Gorgon who is between her two children, Pegasus and Chryssaor. Two lion-panthers, representing the wild animal kingdom, stand with an expression of calmness and submission. The representations at the two ends of the pediment are of a smaller scale and are inspired by the Titanomachy and the Trojan Wars. The collections of the museum also include bronze figurines, tomb findings from the Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic period from the graveyards of Garitsa and Almyros, a marble headless Kouros dedicated to Apollo Agiefs, protector of settlers, as well as a rich collection of currency. There are also findings that date back to the pre-historic period and findings of the 7th and 6th century among which the lion of Menecrates and clay figurines and statuettes form the sanctuaries of Palaiopolis. Most valuable is another pediment made of tufa stone dating back to 500 BC, which comes from the temple of Dionysos, exhibits of the 4th century and until the Roman era and the heads of poet Menander and the historian Thucydides. Finally, there are exhibits from the countryside, such as bronze medicine tools, oil lamps and bony vessels of domestic use.
- Address: Vraila 1, 49100, Corfu
- Phones: Tel.: +30 26610 30680
- Info: The museum is under restoration and is presently closed to the public.
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