Museums to Visit in Milos, Greece
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Milos is a volcanic Greek island in the Aegean Sea. The island was created from the lava of a now extinguished volcano that erupted millions of years ago. The beauty of Milos Island is found in its turquoise waters, volcanic rocks of varying colors, caves, steep cliffs, and unrivaled sunsets.
Explore the history of the island by visiting one of the museums on the island.
Archaeological Museum of Milos
Located in the village of Plaka, the Archaeological Museum of Milos showcases items that highlight the history of the island. The museum is housed in an 1870 neoclassical building designed by Ernst Ziller. Collections at the museum include the Prehistoric Collection, the Obsidian Collection, the sculptures collection, and the inscriptions collection. Some of the important exhibits you will find are a clay female statuette known as the “Lady of Phylakope,” early Cycladic marble figurines, and Melian amphora with painted scenes from the Archaic period.
Mineral Museum of Milos
The Mineral Museum of Milos is dedicated to the mining and geological history of the island. It is located in the village of Adamantas. Exhibits include samples of minerals, photographs, tools and instruments, and other items that not only showcase the history of mining on the island, but pay tribute to those who worked and still work in mining on the island. Mining has been an important part of island life for a long time. Collector Zafeiris Vaos began collecting obsidian artifacts in 1959. When he passed away, the collection was bought and eventually donated to the Mineral Museum of Milos. There is also a shop in the museum where you can buy a souvenir to remember your visit by.
Folklore and Historical Museum of Milos
Established in 1967, the Folklore and Historical Museum of Milos aims to perverse objects of the life of Milians of the 17th century. The museum is located on a hill in the village of Plaka and housed in a 200 year-old traditional house. Exhibits at the museum include: household items, photographs, furniture, historical documents, embroideries and woven fabrics, clothing and costumes, and agricultural tools.
Naval Museum of Milos
It only seems right for the island of Milos to have a naval museum. The island has a long naval history. Located in Adamantas, the Naval Museum of Milos was opened in 2008. In addition to more recent history, there are exhibits that date back to the Prehistoric era. Tools made of obsidian, rare maps, and items from the Naval Battle of Salamis, which took place in 480 BC and was a victory for the outnumbered Greeks.
Ecclesiastical Museum of Milos
Located in the village of Adamantas, the Ecclesiastical Museum of Milos is housed in the Holy Trinity Church. The museum features a collection of icons and wood carvings. One of the icons is from the 14th century and represents the body of Christ being taken down from the Cross. There are also paintings by Cretan painters showcased.
Anyone with a love of history is going to enjoy visiting these museums on the island of Milos.
This post was written by Greek Boston