The Cyprus Museum, Nicosia

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The Cyprus Museum is the oldest and largest archaeological museum in Cyprus.
The museum houses artefacts discovered during numerous excavations on the island. The museum is home to the most extensive collection of Cypriot antiquities in the world and is located on Museum Street in central Nicosia. Its history goes hand in hand with the course of modern archaeology in Cyprus. Of note is that only artefacts discovered on the island are displayed.
As an institution, the Cyprus Museum was founded in 1882 during the British occupation of the island following a petition by the Cypriot people. This makes the museum 131 years old. The petition was delivered to the British administration by a delegation headed by the religious leaders of both the Christian and Muslim populations. A major catapult for this action were several illicit excavations and the smuggling of antiquities off the island. The most extensive of these had been carried out a few years earlier by the United States Ambassador, Luigi Palma di Cesnola, who had smuggled over 35,000 artefacts off the island, most of which were destroyed in transit. Many of the surviving items ended up in the newly formed Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and are currently on display in their own galleries on the second floor.
The initial museum was funded by private donations and was temporarily housed in existing governmental offices. It moved to its own premises in 1889 on Victoria Street within the medieval walls of the city. Construction of the current building began in 1908 and was originally dedicated to the memory of the British monarch, Queen Victoria. It was designed by the architect N. Balanos of the Archaeological Society of Athens and construction was supervised by George H. Everett Jeffery then curator of the museum. In 1961 a second set of galleries, storerooms and offices was completed.
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  • A short walk outside the ancient city walls takes you a great museum highlighting the classical history of Cyprus. Artifacts representing the Phoenician, Persian, Greek and Roman civilizatgions on Cyp...  more »
  • Very nice and polite service! Impressive and rich exhibits! Especially touching environment in children's exhibition in the Basement +
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  • It gives an inclusive overview about Cyprus history. Many beautiful sculptures and artifacts. Best place to visit in heat of summer afternoons. I visited this museum since I had couple of hours until my flight. Learning something new is always better than just wasting time in airport.
  • Nice collection of local artifacts. Definably could use some more signage and information. Fairly cheap. Allot at least an hour and not more than 3 or 4. 15 minute walk from the northern Cyprus border.
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