Museums in Skyros

The Archaeological Museum

In the two rooms of the Museum, one could admire several finds coming from several archaeological sites of the island which are dated back from 2800-1900 BC up to the Roman period (1st century AD).

Room A

Annex 1. A visitor could admire some ceramics from the period 2800-1900 BC from the city of Skyros, Palamari, etc. There is an embossed Cycladic lid from Papalagoudi and the Trojan items from Palamari are some very important exhibits. One could see several Cycladic colour kits and tools.

Annex 2. There are some ceramics dated back to the Mycenean period (1600-1100 BC) coming from various sites of the island: skins', urns having a false opening, alabasters, etc. There are also two pots, one with a picture of a boat and one with a picture of fishes are very interesting exhibits.

Annex 3. There are some ceramics dated back to the period before the Geometric period (11th - 9th century BC) from the coastal cemeteries in Magazia. The glasses, the beautiful cup-bearers, the small pots having the shape of a clover, as well as the jewels, such as the golden leaves and the brooches for the hair and the necklaces made by faience are an indication of the wealth of that period.

Annexes 4-5. There are finds from the period before the Geometric period as well as from the Geometric period (900-800 BC). An exhibit representing a wheel (show-case No. 4), the bracelets which are made of copper (show-case No. 4), the local roughly-made pots (show-case No. 5), the plate No 353 (show-case No. 5) from the period before the Geometric period are very interesting items.

Annex 6. It includes ceramics from the period before the Geometric period as well as from the Geometric period from the sites of Magazia and Themi. The utensil with the birds that has the shape of a ring as well as the compass of Attico-cycladic type in the low shelf (No 184) are some very important exhibits.

Room B

Annex 7. A visitor could see the typical pots of this annex such as the gourd from Cyprus, the compass representing embossed ponies on the lid from the Attic Geometric period and the ceremonial pot that has the shape of a horse.

Annex 8. There are some ceramics, mostly from the period before the Geometric period, from the site of Saint Anna and the site of Magazia: a gourd, a golden clasp and earrings, two marionette dolls, bracelets made of copper and a collection of some beautiful pots such as bowls, urns, etc.

Annex 9. One could see and admire several finds from the Geometric period as well as the Archaic period which were found during the recent excavations, such as some Corinthian items of an Eubean origin, geometric items representing horses, marvellous exhibits with a great decoration, a band made of amber (a mixture of gold and silver), several buckles and necklaces as well as several pots made of faience.

Annex 10. It includes several pots and other items from the Classic up to the Roman period (5th - 1st century BC) such as a statuette representing a woman from the classic period, a head and a statuette of a child from the Hellenistic period, some ceramics from the Hellenistic period, a plastic pot having the shape of an animal, a headless statuette of Kyveli. The sculptures are very interesting: the sculpture of a girl from the Archaic period (exhibit No. 475), the burial headstone (exhibit No 482) (480 BC) which was carved again during the Roman times on the back side, a fragment of the head of a girl (exhibit No. 491) and a statue representing probably Apollo (exhibit No. 473).

In the courtyard, the visitor could see several architectural parts and sculptures of various periods and a number of sarcophaguses from the period before the Geometric period as well as from the Geometric period.

Near the room No.2, it's the folklore wing of the museum, where the visitor could see the representation of the traditional house of Skyros with all its accessories (furniture of all kinds, ceramics, needlework, etc.). The exhibits of the house is an offer of Mrs. Litsa Kostiris, sister of the archaelogist from Skyros, Mr. Ioannis Papademetriou.

The Faltaits Historical - Folklore Museum

According to several friends and visitors of Skyros, the Museum of Manos Faltaits has a special place among the cultural institutions of Skyros; this museum is met with general acceptance by friends and visitors of Skyros.

It is said to be one of the oldest, most beautiful and richest historical-folklore museums of Greece and it has an international reputation for decades.

The entire culture and history of Skyros are exhibited in this museum which is the Centre of the cultural activities of the island.

It was the Museum - pilot for organising and operating many historical-folklore museums of Greece thanks to the outstanding personalities of Manos and Anastasia Faltaits.