As part of our series Corfu Lists Of 10, we have here 10 museums on the island.
Built between 1962 - 1965, its initial purpose was to house the archaeological finds from the Temple of Artemis in Corfu. In 1994 it was expanded with the addition of two more exhibit halls that display the more recent finds at the ancient citadel of Corfu.
The Byzantine Museum is housed in the Panagia Antivouniotissa church. The church is dedicated to our Lady Virgin Mary Antivouniotissa (Antivouniotissa = opposite the mountains) and is one of the oldest and richest ecclesiastical monuments of the city.
Historical and Folkloric MuseumThis museum is housed in a traditional house in the village of Sinarades. The first floor is a reconstruction of a typical village house from the 19th century and the upper floor has a collection of Corfiot costumes, musical instruments, agricultural and artisan tools as well as other implements and items.
This museum is housed in the summer home of Ioannis Kapodistrias - first Greek prime minister after independence in the early 19th century - in the area of Koukouritsa in his birthplace of Corfu. It has exhibits commemorating his life and accomplishments.
Mon Repos Museum of Palaeopolis
The museum contains fascinating archaeological finds, historical documents, prints and lithographs concerning the use and history of the Mon Repos Mansion as well as a collection of watercolours and botanical samples representing the natural heritage of Corfu.
The Museum was founded in 1927, when the ambassador Gregory Manos donated his collection comprising some 10,500 works of art. It operated until about 1974 as Sino-Japanese museum. Later the museum was enriched with other collections mainly from mid-Asia and since then has operated as the Museum of Asian Art. The museum often hosts periodic exhibitions.
The Museum houses numerous surviving samples of Corfiot ceramic art, which flourished in earlier times. These samples are valuable works of popular art, distinguished by their simple form, the variety of shapes and their austere painted decoration.
Olive Oil Museum
Serbian War Museum
The Serbian Museum exhibits rare material from the First World War. The Serbian Army, (about 150,000) together with the government, found refuge and compassion in Corfu, after the collapse of the Serbian Front in 1915. The visitor can see photographs from the three years that the Serbians stayed in Corfu, together with other exhibits like, uniforms, arms and ammunition of the Serbian soldiers and officers, Serbian regimental flags, ecclesiastic canonicals and other items of the Serbian priests, surgical tools of the Serbian doctors from the island of Vido in 1916, medals of honor and other decorations of the Kingdom of Serbia and various other items.
The National Poet of Greece, Dionysios Solomos, spent the greatest part of his life (1798-1857) in Corfu, where he wrote the greatest and most important part of his work. The house where he lived, worked and died was restored by the Corfiot Studies Society after the Second World War and today functions as a Museum and Centre of Solomos Studies.
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The area of Roggia in North Corfu had been abandoned over the last 30 years until the idea of Roggia Farm eventually came to fruition. Roggia Farm has newly built houses with modern facilities and comfort inside, but which blend into the existing environment. The owners claim - rightly, I believe - that their building intervention did not dramatically change the scenery of Roggia but, on the contrary, added new aura and fresh life to the area.
It is an organic farm with a range of local trees, plants and animals with the aim of applying biodynamic farming in the future. Since 2008 visitors have been able to come and stay at the farm and have the choice of helping with the animals and land or just watching; helping with the cooking or just eating!
The farm consists of a main building plus 3 maisonettes / studios for guests. For those who wish it, daily activities include feeding and cleaning the animals and cultivating, collecting, watering and pruning the vegetables and crops. Other activities, on request, include cycling, walking, horse-riding, yoga and massage and aromatherapy.
On my recent visit to the farm, I was much impressed by the whole environment and the enthusiasm of Nikos and his mother Lina who run it and for whom it is indeed a labour of love. For more information, visit their site here.