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ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM. The museum is housed in the Palace of St. Michael and St. George. It has on display a large collection of Finds from throughout the island. Features are an archaic Corfiot wine – pot, the head of a Corinthian Kouros and some archaic pottery. Also an exhibit is the Lion of Menekrates, which adorned his tomb, and a collection of interesting ancient coins, including some from the neighboring island of Lefkas. The most spectacular exhibit is the world famous archaic sculpture Gordon Medusa, part of the west pediment of the Temple of Artemis (Diana). The museum is open daily, except Tuesdays 9:30 AM – 4 PM.

ASIATIC MUSEUM. One section of the Palace of St. Michael and St. George has been turned into the Asiatic Museum. This museum contains an exhibition of Chinese and Japanese items such as porcelains, theater masks, armor, books, prints and bronze objects. A Greek diplomat, Nicolas Hadjivasilliou, enriched the museum’s collection by donating bronzes, tankas, screens and sculpture from Nepal, Tibet, India, Thallad, Korea and Japan. This collection is remarkable, containing more than 10.000 items. The museum is open dally, except Tuesdays, 9 AM – 4 PM.

THE MUSEUM OF THE IONIAN LIBERTY. The museum is housed in the renovated building of the Ionian Parliament built in 1855. It contains a collection of portraits of the Ionian Parliament’s presidents and archives of papers dated 1848-1864. In a proclamation issued the Ionian Islands declared unity with the rest of Greece.

THE MUSEUM OF DIONYSIOS SOLOMOS. Housed in the building where the famous Greek poet lived, this museum contains an exhibition of portraits, busts and personal objects belonging to him.


Also in the St. Michael and St. George Palace you will find thousands of volumes referring to the Ionian literature. They are written in several languages, particularly in Italian.

BYZANTINE ICONS COLLECTION. You will find a fine collection of religious paintings dating back to the 11th century in the west wing of the palace. Most of the high quality work is that of the Cretan School, which flourished in Crete after the fall of Byzantium in 1453, and the Ionian School, which flourished after the Turkish invasion in 1699 when many artists fled north to the Ionian islands for refuge.

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