Museums to Visit on the Island of Milos
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Milos is one of those islands in Greece that has been shaped by its volcanic activity. The end result is that Milos has a haunting beauty, and people spend as much time as they can enjoying it by walking through the hills, sitting at the beach, and being outside as much as possible. However, it is also nice to take a break from all that by learning a bit about the history and the culture. To do that, there are several important museums on Milos that are worth a visit. Here’s some more information about the museums you should visit while here:
If you have time to visit only one museum, the Archaeological Museum of Milos should be it. Located in Plaka Village, this museum has a nice collection of artifacts from archeological digs that have taken place throughout the island. It officially opened as a museum in 1985, but the building itself was originally built in the late 1800’s. In other words, the building itself is an important part of the history of the island. You will also see a replica of the Venus de Milo statue that was found on the island and is now housed in the Louvre in Paris, France. Through the artifacts, visitors will get a nice overview of the history of the island, as well.
Located in Adamas, this museum showcases a central part of the history of the island of Milos. The Mineralogical Museum gets over 15,000 visitors a year and will show visitors the vast array of minerals found here, as well as how the minerals have shaped the history of the island. Milos is rich in mineral resources and the grounds have been mined for centuries. This two story museum will help you learn all about it while also providing examples of the types of minerals that are found here.
Also located in the village of Plaka, the Folklore Museum focuses on an important part of the culture on Milos – its folklore. This museum is on the small side but it is an important one since it talks about not only the folklore of the island, but also its history. The house where the museum is located is also a part of the island’s past – it’s over two hundred years old and a nice example of the type of architecture that can be found on the island. The house is located in the courtyard of the Church of Panagia Korfiatissa, which is also worth a visit if it is open.
The intent of all these museums is to not only preserve the culture and heritage of the island, but to also educate others so they can learn about Milos. No matter which ones you visit, you will be able to view a collection of artifacts and learn more about the island. When you’re not eating a great meal, enjoying the scenery, and seeing some of the other sites, you should consider visiting at least one of these places.
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