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Museums & places to visit in Corfu (Kerkyra)

Archaeological Museum
A superb and diverse exhibition of Corfu's archaeological heritage. The Gorgon Pediment is not to be missed. 5 Vraila Street. Open 8.3015.00. Closed Mondays. Sundays open 9.30-14.30.
The Corfu Museum of Asian Art (the only one in Greece) was founded in 1927 after the donation of 10.500 items by Gregorios Manos. Until 1974 it was a Chinese and Japanese Art museum, but later it was enriched with other private collections of items from central Asia, so it became an Asian Art museum.
Byzantine Art Museum
Fabulous Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons are displayed in an attractive church. Church of Antivouniotissa, just off Arseniou Street. Open 8.30-15.00. Closed Mondays. Sundays open 9.30-14.30.
Achilleon Palace
corfu's most famous building contains a museum displaying possessions of its previous owners, Empress Sissi and Kaiser Wilhelm II, plus lovely gardens. Gastouri Village. Open 08.00-16.00 every day
Folk Museum of Central Corfu
S step into a timecapsule, into a village house that has been left intact with its original decorations, furniture and fittings, a glimpse into a vanishing way of life. Sinarades Village. Open every day except Sunday 9.30-14.30. Tel. 26610 35673 & 2661044530
Kapodistrias Museum
A 17th century mansion which now contains the possessions and furniture of John Kapodistrias, first president of the modern Greek State. Koukouritsa, near Evropouli Village. Open 11.00-13.00 Wednesday and Saturday
Paleokastritsa Monastery
Contains a small museum with icons and other relics, as well as some curiosities. Paleokastritsa, at the end of the road
Solomos Museum
A collection of the memorabilia and archives of the Greek National poet, Dionysius Solomos. 3rd Parados, Arseniou Street, Corfu Town Open 09.30-13.00 weekdays
Municipal Art Gallery
Exhibiting Corfu Artists of the 19th Century and other works, including paitings by 20th century local artists. Palace of Saints Michael and George, East Wing. Open 09.00-21.00
Old Fortress
Site of the original town of Corfu, with battlements and bastions to explore, plus the best view of Corfu Town. Contains a lovely Byzantine Art Museum, plus a top quality Museum Copies shop. Entrance from the Esplanade Square. Open every day except Monday 08.3015.00
New Fortress
Built by the Venetians, improved by the British, a stunning work of military engineering. Entrance from Solomos Street. Open every day 10.00-16.00.
Mon Repos
On the outskirts of Corfu Town on the road running to Kanoni, the newly restored villa was the birthplace of the Duke of Edinburgh. The extensive gardens are full of stately trees and also contain the ruins of an ancient temple. Open daily 09.00-21.00
British Cemetery
Lovely garden containing graves from the British Protectorate to the present. Intersting plants and trees. Kolokotroni Street. Open all day.
Arillas Heritage Walk
A working farm with buildings reantiquated to preserve a record of Corfu's disappearing agicultural heritage. Follow the Trail through the farm, viewing olive cultivation, ecological smallholdings, barns, wells, a water mill and a restored olive press. Arillas, North West Corfu. Follow the arrows. Open all day
Corfu Shell Museum
The Corfu Shell Museum is not only unique in Greece, but also is one of Europe's best museums dedicated to shells and other treasures of the Deep. It contains thousands of exhibits, scientifically labelled. Unusual shells for collectors and exotic souvenirs are on sale. Benitses Harbour Square, north end. Open everyday, 10.00-21.00
Vidos Island
Lovely islet off Corfu Town. Tracks for walking, beaches for a swim. Remains of fortresses to explore. Boat service from the Old Port, every hour on the hour, return on the half hour. 1 euro return.
Serbian War Museum
Photographs and militaria commemorating the Balkan War of 1915-17. Moustoxidi Street. Open on request only
Reading Society
Fine collection of old books, documents and prints, mostly relating to the Ionian Islands. 120, Kapodistrias Street. Open weekdays 10.00-13.00
Palace of St. Michael & St. George
Built in 1823 in neo-classical style as a residence for the British High Commissioners, the Palace was later the summer residence for the Greek royals. It houses the Museum of Asian Art, and the Municipal Art Gallery, with permanent and changing exhibitions of local art. Open daily 08.3015.00. Closed Mondays.
National Art Gallery - Corfu Annex
Located in the Castellino Building at Kato Korakiana near Dassia, it carries changing exhibitions, mainly centered on Greek art. Open daily except Tuesday, 10.00-16.00
Olive Oil Museum
An old olive press with original machinery, beautifully converted into a museum dedicated to olive oil production and to local agricultural traditions. Kinopiastes, beside Tripa Taverna. Open on request.
Angelokastro
Dramatic ruins of a Byzantine castle capping a rocky peak. Recently reconstructed. Near Krini
Gardiki Fortress
The extensive ruins of a Byzantine fort are located her the village of Agios Mattheos in the south of the island. Reach it by following the road to Lake Korission.
Kassiopi Castle
The ruins of a medieval caslte stand on the headland above the harbour at Kassiopi. Access is indicated from near the Harbour Square.
Patounis Soap Factory
Patounis has been hand making olive oil soap by the traditional stamped method for over 100 years, and is one of the very few factories left in the world. You can visit and see the process, also buy the products. loanni Theotokis Street, just off San Rocco Square, on the way to the Green Bus Station. Open shop hours. Tel. 26610 39806


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