HOLIDAYS ON SAMOS

MUSEUMS ON SAMOS

 

The archeological museum on Samos


The Archaeological Museum of Samos is located in the town of Vathi. The museum consists of two buildings: the old building of the Museum (Paschalio Archives Centre), which was built in 1912, and the new one, built in 1987, housing works of ancient sculpture.
The collections presented in the new building of the Museum, include sculpture from the Archaic period, pottery, bronze items, ivory objects, wood-carved items, clay figurines and small objects.


Archeological collection of Pythagorio


The archaeological collection of Pythagorio is housed in the Town Hall of the town of Pythagorio. The collection features stelae from the Archaic period, portraits of Roman Emperors, funeral banquet reliefs and pottery dating from the period between the 9th century BC and the 2nd century BC. Exhibits of greatest value include a marble statue of seated Aiakes, a marble monumental sarcophagus, a small limestone stela, a marble statue of Roman Emperor Traianus, carved marble portraits of Roman Emperors Caesar Augustus and Claudius.


The natural history museum of Samos


Samos Natural History Museum: The Natural History Museum of the Aegean is located in the town of Mylinoi on the island of Samos. It is 12 kilometers from Samos Town. The building for the museum was built at the expense of Constantine Zimalis and his wife, Maria. They also created a foundation that bears their names. The building does not look like a typical building. It actually looks like a house or a church that had some extensions added to it.
This museum has a rather friendly appeal, for a change. As  you enter, thereis a huge garden. A statue of Aristarchus, thefamous ancient Samian mathematician, is in the center of the garden. This is because Aristarchus was the first Samian philosopher to have studied physical phenomenon at the macro level. He initiated the fact that the Earth revolves around the Sun. Inside the museum, there are five different sections. They are: Paleontology, Mineralogy, Geology, Botanology and zoology.

 

Museum of Folkloric History of Karlovassi


The Historical and Folklore Museum of Karlovassi was established in 1994. The museum's collection is comprised of items related to the traditional way of life in the villages and towns of Samos from 1870 to 1955. Exhibits include a hand loom, a low round table for serving meals, called sofras, a kneading trough, agricultural implements, valuable porcelain ware, mirrors with carved frames, couches with wood-carved details and fascinating ladies garments.

Museum of Natural History of the Aegean


The Museum of Natural History of the Aegean is located in the village of Mytilinii, 12 km from the town of Samos. The museum was established in 1965 and has a palaeontological and a natural history sections. Exhibits include rare fossils of ancient animals, which lived some 6 million to 8 million years ago and were uncovered in excavations carried out by J. Melentis in 1963 in the Andrianos location, nearby the village of Mytilinii. Many of the palaeontological findings are unique pieces of evidence for the natural history of the European continent. Of greatest interest are fossils of a Samoceros (an ancient bovid species), a Samotherium boisieri, a Helladotherium, a Gomphotheium, a Deinotherium, a Machairodont, Metailurus and other large carnivorous mammals.


Folklore Museum of Samos


The folklore museum was founded by the 'Nikolaos Dimitriou' cultural foundation of Samos. This museums' purpose is to give a complete view of the islands' life before the 2nd World War and to present all the elements and to present all the elements composing the tradition of Samos. It was founded in order to contribute to the islands' cultural development.

Educational displays with the participation of the students reviving old customs are on the yearly schedule of the foundation. There are also workshops where the visitor can see the making of the exposed objects.

The museum was based on donations from people wanted to preserve the traditions and objects of the past. In the museum the visitor can see farming tools used at different times and for different agricultural activities.

Different types of bread and each shape's symbolism are also displayed in the museum's show-cases as well as shepherds' tools used to make cheese, fishing tackle, shoemakers' kit, basket-makers' tools, etc. There is also a barbershop of the principality's time. In the museum's yard there are replicas of the traditional professions of the island. For instance the visitor can see a fully equipped potter's workshop, a blacksmith's forge, a carpenter's workshop and the wine-press that every traditional household had, as well as a cellar.

All these exhibits offer a complete view of every day's life in old Samos.

 

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