Best Museums to Visit on Rhodes
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Rhodes is an island that looks like it came from another time. In fact, it has a rich history that is a little bit different than some of the other islands in Greece. There was a time when the island housed the head of the Knights of Saint John and even though the knights are long gone, their buildings do remain. The end result is that the island has a very unique feel. However, the island also has a very rich, ancient history. There are museums on the island that cover the diverse history of the island. Here’s an overview of the ones you really must visit!
If you want to learn about the island’s ancient past, the Archaeological Museum is the place to be! Construction on the museum began in the 1400’s and it was finally finished about 500 years after that. It’s located in the Rhodes Old Town and it features artifacts from the early days of the Greeks on the island. Mostly, the artifacts that were found in excavations throughout the island are being housed here.
Municipal Art Gallery
Not all museums need to focus on history! The Municipal Art Gallery, which is located in the Old Town just past the Freedom Gate, is one such place. There are plenty examples of beautiful art here and it focuses mainly on modern art. The museum has about 90 works that are available to the public to view, but they do own a total of almost 700 pieces, most of which are archived.
The Aquarium of Rhodes
If you want to learn all about the marine life in Greece, you won’t want to miss the chance to visit the The Aquarium of Rhodes! It is located just outside of Rhodes Town in the Hydrobiological Station, and even though it isn’t a large aquarium, it does make for a nice outing. There are 28 total tanks in the aquarium that vary in size and each feature different aspects of marine life.
Museum of Ceramic Art
If you love ceramic art and pottery, you won’t want to miss the Museum of Ceramic Art, which is located in Afandou, Greece. What’s neat about this museum is that it gives you a chance to learn about the history of pottery in Greece and how it is being used today. Pottery was an important part of Ancient Greece and it served the practical purpose of storing things like wine and olive oil. They were also treated as art. There are many fine examples of pottery here, too.
Museum of Bee and Honey
Honey is one of those foods that has been part of the Greek diet since ancient times. The Museum of Bee and Honey located in Pastida (about 5 kilometers from Rhodes Town) pays tribute to this delicious food. Mainly, it highlights the way honey is produced and is definitely worth the quick trip outside of the town.
These museums should definitely be on your itinerary while you visit Rhodes!
This post was written by Greek Boston