In a city like Corfu with history and cultural
inheritance, you can find many museums that preserve the memories
and the tradition of the island
It is situated near the coastline of Garitsa and
it mainly exhibits statues from the Doric temple of
Artemis (590-580 BC), in ancient Corfu, which is situated,
according to the archeologists, in the area of Kanoni.
One of the most important exhibits is the gigantic stone
pediment from the tempel with central theme of the monstrous
Gorgo, (17m length and more than 3m height).
Other exhibitions are pieces of vessels from the Stone
Age, vessels and tools from the Copper Age, Corinthian
vessels and copies from the tombs in Garitsa, coins,
parts from the temple's roof in Rhoda, sheets of lead,
copper statues from the ancient Classical Arts, an Athenean
wash-tub, ceramics from the temple of Hera, earthen
statues from the temple of Artemis in Kanoni and many
The Museum of Asian Art.
It is housed in the palace of Saint Michael and George - a huge
neo-classical building in the north side of Spaniada - and unique
of its kind in Greece. It includes the collection of the Corfian
Diplomat Grigoris Manou (10000 pieces), of the ex-ambassador N.
Chatzivasiliou (200 pieces) and the smaller collections of the
Diplomats N. Sinioglou and P. Almanachos.
Among its exhibits, there are: brass vessels from China, when
it first appeared in history, earthen Chinese vessels from Cheo
Time, statues from the dynasty of Chan, small earthen statues
that were placed in tombs from the dynasty of Tang, a brass statue
of Buda from the dynasty of Sung, small statues, pots and vessels
from the golden age of the dynasty of Ming, other small art-works
from semi-precious stones, weapons and parts from the suits of
Armour of Samurai, masks from the theatre, Indian wood-works representing
love scenes and many more.
It is housed in the Church of "Panagia Antibouniotissa"
near Kampelio, in Mouragia and it exhibits ancient Christian
architectural statues, parts of mosaic floors, Byzantine
wall paintings, icons, from 16th-18th century, from
different churches of the island.
Museum of bank notes
This unique museum is housed in the building of the
Ionian bank and it presents the history of bank note
as well as the method of its production.
The Museum of Solomos
It is the house of our national poet, the place where he lived
and was inspirited by. It exhibits his furniture, his personal
items and photographical and historical material of his life.
The public Gallery
It contains some of the most important works of Ionian painters,
of the 19th century as well as works of sculpturing and engraving
art. It is situated in the palace of Saint Michael and George.
The Reading Society was founded in 1836 (under English domination)
and it is housed in a building of 19th century. It is the oldest
spiritual institution of Greece. Its members are the spiritual
and art representatives, like Solomos, Kalvos, Mantzaros, Theotokis,
Markoras, Lorentzo Mavilis, and many more. It contains 10.000
volumes of the Ionian Literature as well as general interest books.
Furthermore, it presents collections of paintings, engravings
and old maps, photographs, magazines and newspapers. The Reading
Society is very active as far as the exhibitions is concerned.
However, in a scientific level, it collaborates with Greek and
foreign Universities. Also, it organizes conventions, lectures,
seminars and music events.