The museum stands in Vraila Street, near the Garitsa coastal road and was built to house the Gorgon pediment from the temple of Artemis which was found in the area of Paleopolis. This pediment is dated back to 580 BC and is supposed to be the oldest one in Greece. In the Archaeological Museum of Corfu on will also admire other founds from excavations from the archaeological sites of the island, from the ancient town of Cassiopeia and items from a private collection.
Housed in the Church of Antivouniotissa, which is the oldest and richest churches in Corfu island and was donated in 1979 in order to become a museum, the Byzantine Museum of Corfu exhibits a rich collection of Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons and relics, representing more than five centuries of religious fervour and art.
Asian Art Museum
The Museum of Asian Art of Corfu is the only Asian museum of Greece and is housed in the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint Georges; it was founded in 1927 after that Gregory Manos, an ambassador, donated to the prefecture its private collection of 10, 500 objects of Sino Japanese origin.
The museum was first a Chinese and Japanese Art Museum (until 1974) and became an Asian Art Museum later, when its collection was enriched with other private collection objects and items from Asia.
Dionysius Solomos is the National Greek Poet who wrote the lyrics of the National Greek Hymn; he lived the major part of his life in the island of Corfu (1798-1857) where he wrote a great part of his work.
The museum is housed in the beautiful house where the poet used to live and exhibits many of Solomos’personnal items, a collection of its manuscripts, various portraits and some photographic material.
The house of the poet was turned into a museum by the Corfiot Studies Society but also into a centre of Solomos Studies.
The Numismatic Museum of Corfu was founded by the Ionian Bank in 1981; it is housed in a building designed by a local architect, Ioannis Chronis, and is the only museum of this kind in Greece.
It houses a rich collection of banknotes, coins, bank documents, stamps and other bank’s objects as well as a reproduction of the modern manufacturing process of banknotes.
The Historical and Folkloric Museum
This museum is housed in a traditional house in the village of Sinarades, 12 kilometres away of Corfu Town.
The museum is divided in two parts: the first part of the museum consists in a reconstitution of the interior of a house of the 19th century, with the traditional kitchen, dinning room, bedroom and all the original utensils, decoration and furniture of the epoch.
The second part of the museum a collection of traditional and local every day objects, tools, costumes, instruments and many other interior’s and exterior’s house items.
The Municipal Gallery
The Municipal gallery of Corfu houses a wide collection of donated works of the most famous Corfiot artists from the 19th century such as Pachis, Haralambos, Pavlos Prossalendis, Angelos Giallinas, Skarvelis, Koyevinas, Samartxis and many others.
The Kapodistrias museum is dedicated to the first president of the modern Greek state, John Kapodistrias.
The National Art Gallery
The National Art Gallery “Alexandros Soutzos” features Art Exhibitions from a variety of renowned artists, both Greek and international. The gallery is accommodated in the “Castello”, a building of historical importance, in the heart of Kato Korakiana Village.