Museums in Lesvos

    Archaeological Museum (old building)

    Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Μυτιλήνης (Παλιό κτίριο)

    Ωρες λειτουργίας: Τρίτη – Κυριακή 08:30-15:00* (Δευτέρα κλειστό)
    Είσοδος: Oλόκληρο €3, Μειωμένο €2

    It is near the southern port, at the area of the Statue of Liberty. It is housed in a wonderful -from an architectural point of view – mansion, built in the year 1912 with an eclecticism style, and has been declared as a scheduled building by the Greek State. Inside the central building statuettes, ceramics and jewels are exhibited belonging to the long period of Prehistoric – Roman times. At a secondary building and inside the yard, heavy archaeological finds have been exhibited like the unique Aeolian capitals from Klopedi’s ancient temples, the most significant inscriptions, tombstones, bas-relieves, statues and coins from the Archaec to the Roman years. Also, the Museum holds the following collections : finds from the excavations that have been made by the 20th Greek Supervising Service of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities at the island of Lesvos, finds from the excavation that took place at the cave of Ayios Vartholomeus and exhibits that have been donated to the Museum by Lesvians : collection of Simantiri, Grimani, Alatza, Lagou and Binou.Τel:(+30) 22510 28032 Fax: 22510 20745
    Email: protocol@kepka.culture.gr
    e-links: http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/1/gh151.jsp?obj_id=3484&theme_id=21


    Archaeological Museum (modern building)

    Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Μυτιλήνης (Νέο κτίριο)

    Ώρες λειτουργίας: Τρίτη-Κυριακή: 08:30-15:00* (Δευτέρα κλειστό )
    Είσοδος: Ολόκληρο €3, Μειωμένο €2

    It is near the southern port, at the area of the Statue of Liberty. It is housed in a wonderful -from an architectural point of view – mansion, built in the year 1912 with an eclecticism style, and has been declared as a scheduled building by the Greek State. Inside the central building statuettes, ceramics and jewels are exhibited belonging to the long period of Prehistoric – Roman times. At a secondary building and inside the yard, heavy archaeological finds have been exhibited like the unique Aeolian capitals from Klopedi’s ancient temples, the most significant inscriptions, tombstones, bas-relieves, statues and coins from the Archaec to the Roman years. Also, the Museum holds the following collections : finds from the excavations that have been made by the 20th Greek Supervising Service of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities at the island of Lesvos, finds from the excavation that took place at the cave of Ayios Vartholomeus and exhibits that have been donated to the Museum by Lesvians : collection of Simantiri, Grimani, Alatza, Lagou and Binou.Τel:(+30) 22510 28032 Fax: 22510 20745
    Email: protocol@kepka.culture.gr
    e-links: http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/1/gh151.jsp?obj_id=3484&theme_id=21


    Museum of the folk painter Theophilos

    Μουσείο Έργων Θεοφίλου

    Ώρες λειτουργίας: Χειμερινό 08:30-15:00, Θερινό Τρίτη-Κυριακή 08:30-15:00 (Δευτέρα κλειστό)
    Είσοδος: Ολόκληρο €2, Μειωμένο €1

    It is at the area of Varea – suburb of Mytilene – housed in a building of austere architectural structure and which has been built in 1965, inside a bright green olive grove. It houses 86 paintings of the famous folk painter Theophilos Chatzimichael. Theophilos ( 1873-1934 ) was born and lived the first years of his childhood at this picturesque area – of Varea- feeling that generously imparted to his paintings. He toured – restless and dreamy as he was – from Smyrne to Pilion and Larissa and eventually he returns definitely to Mytilene in 1926 where he was discovered by the eminent Lesvian art-critic and editor Elephteriadis -Teriade.

    Teriade made Theophilos famous as he organized his first exhibition in Paris and afterwards he organized a permanent exhibition with some of Theophilos’ paintings at the Museum of Louvre. These particular works of folk art belong to the mature period of Theophilos’ painting and are distinguished by authentic chromatic harmony, realistic authenticity of the represented figures, the vividness and the effortless impulsiveness of the painter. The building that houses the homonymous Museum has donated ( 1964 ) by Terriade to the Municipality of Mytilene.

    Τel:(+30) 22510 41644
    e-links: http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/1/gh151.jsp?obj_id=3435


    Museum of Modern Art – Library of Elephteriadi – Teriade

    Μουσείο-Βιβλιοθήκη Τεριάντ

    Ώρες λειτουργίας: Θερινό καθημερινά 09:00 -14:00 & 17:00- 20:00,
    Χειμερινό καθημερινά 09:00-17:00
    Είσοδος: 2€

    It is next to the building that houses the Museum of Theophilos at the suburb Varea. At the 16 of its 20 rooms, 29 Teriade’s books are performed with the illustrations of famous artists as Picasso, Chagall, Laurence, Vyon, Lezeau, Matisse, Le Corbusier, Giacometti etc. The idea of the illustrated books that had Teriade results from his editorial  experience and his deep  knowledge with the art of painting and medieval manuscripts. In every room of the Museum there is exhibited in a showcase the original of every book, while most of its pictures and pages are exhibited on the walls. Also among the others there are 40 paintings of Theophilos Chatzimichael and works of art belonging to the equally eminent Greek painter Tsarouchi.

    Τel.: (+30) 22510 23372 Fax: 22510 42855
    e-links: http://odysseus.gr/h/1/gh151.jsp?obj id=3513
    http://www.aegean.gr/culturaltec//teriade/


    Museum of Natural History-Fossilized Forest

    Μουσείο Φυσικής Ιστορίας Απολιθωμένου Δάσους Λέσβου

    Ώρες λειτουργίας: Χειμερινό 1/10 έως 30/6 Τρίτη-Παρασκευή 08:30-16:30, Σάββατο-Κυριακή 09:00-17:00,
    Θερινό 1/7 έως 14/9 Δευτέρα-Πέμπτη 08:30-20:00, Παρασκευή 08:30-22:00, Σαββάτο-Κυριακή 08:30-20:00, 15/9 έως 30/9 Δευτέρα-Παρασκευή 08:30-19:00, Σαββάτο-Κυριακή 08:30-19:00
    Τel: (+30) 22510 47033, 22530 54434, Fax: 22510 47033
    Email: lesvospf@otenet.gr
    e-links: http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/1/gh151.jsp?obj_id=3286
    http://www.lesvosmuseum.gr/site/home/ws.csp?loc=el_GR

    At the western part of Lesvos, at the area that exists between Antissa and Eressos, we find the Fossilized Forest, a unique – internationally – monument of Nature, with fabulous palaeontological and environmental significance. Relative researches proved that 20 millions of years ago, the volcanoes’ activity at the Northeastern Aegean Sea, had caused the intensive movement of volcanoes’ materials. These materials covered the existing forest, while afterwards the vegetable tissues were cut off from the surfacial conditions due to the hydrothermal circulation of hot liquids containing silicon dioxide. At last this process resulted in the total fossilization of the area’s flora. Today, through the erosion of the volcanic rocks, impressive trunks of trees ( erect and lying down ) are revealed, with length that approaches the 20m., while their diameter reaches 3m. The systematic excavations that are taking place are the result of the co-operation between the Museum of Natural History (established in 1997 ) the Local Forest Service. This scientific activity reveals finds with special scientific value and  among them the biggest trunk of a fossilized tree (height 7.02m. and perimeter 8.58m. ) is  included. In the year 1985 the Greek State with a legislative decree declared the Fossilized Forest as a preservable natural monument with direct aim its rational management and protection. In 1994 a modern Museum was built, with the upper aim the Forest’s systematic and scientific study, research, promotion and conservation. The building that houses the Museum has been constructed with absolute respect to the natural environment of the surrounding area. It is one-storeyed with gray lava masonry, basic material of the area and it included rooms for exhibitions and lectures, library, scientific workshops, store-houses etc.


    The Natural History Collection at Vrissa

    Συλλογή Φυσικής Ιστορίας Βρίσας

    Ώρες λειτουργίας: Οκτώβριος-Απρίλιος Τρίτη-Κυριακή 09:30-17:00, Μάιος-20 Ιουνίου καθημερινά 09:30-15:30, 21 Ιουνίου-Σεπτέμβριος 09:30-15:00 και 16:00-20:00
    Τηλ: 22520 54434, 22520 61890
    e-links: http://vrisa.geol.uoa.gr/

    The Natural History Collection at Vrissa: Vrissa is at the southern part of Lesvos, 51 km away from Mytilene. In the beautiful the village, the history of which goes far back in ancient times there is the very interesting Natural History Collection which includes paleontologic finds, discovered in clay deposits in and around lakes and streams. The finds include fossilized parts of rare land and sea animals and fossilized flora with an average age of two million years. The most important animal fossils discovered are: the jawbone and other parts of the skeleton of two proboscides –  ancestors of today’s elephant – and in various locations fossilized horse bones of various sizes,  bones  and jawbones of the carnivorous Nyctereutes megamastoides – a relative of today’s nyctereutes- bones of giraffes, deer, antelopes, gazelles, bovines and bones of tortoises (one of the most impressive finds are the bones of a giant tortoise 2.5 m. long). However  the most amazing among the finds is an extremely rare family of giant apes, belonging to the species of Paradolipithecus, the earliest representative of the species in Europe. The discovery of the above finds resulted in the creation of the Natural History Collection, which is housed for the time being in the building of Vrissa’s school.


    Digital art museum ηφιακό Μουσείο «Georgios Iakovidis»

    Ψηφιακό Μουσείο «Γεώργιος Ιακωβίδης»

    Ώρες Λειτουργίας: Σεπτέμβριος-Ιούνιος καθημερινά 09:00-17:00, Ιούλιος-Αύγουστος 09:00-19:00
    Είσοδος: 2€, μειωμένο 1€

    ηλ.: 22530 51128, 51195
    Email: info@jakobides-digital-museum.gr
    e-links: http://www.jakobides-digital-museum.gr/

    The first digital art museum in Greece, located at Chidira, a mountainous village on th eisland of Lesbos.
    The Georgios Iakovidis Digital Museum, located at the painter’s birthplace, the village of Chidira on the island of Lesbos, is the first fully digital museum of art in Greece. Organized according to a special museological study based on new technologies, it presents the life and work of the renowned Greek painter through a variety of digital means. The Georgios Iakovidis Digital Museum was created on the initiative of the N. G. Papadimitriou Educational and Cultural Foundation. It is intended to function as a meeting place for Technology and Art, offering visitors of all ages a visual experience that combines both pleasure and knowledge. The ground floor offers an insight of Iakovidis’s personality and the major milestones of his life (1853-1932), through digital applications using archive material illustrating family events, his professional accomplishments and his social circle. Also on this floor, the “Georgios Iakovidis, His Life and Work” application offers visitors an alternative way of further exploring the distinguished artist’s life and work. The first floor is devoted to Georgios Iakovidis’s multifaceted oeuvre, from his early years of study under his teacher Nikiforos Lytras and the works he created in his mature years in Munich, to the portraits of his grandchildren painted at the end of his life. Mythological subjects, scenes of childhood, landscapes, portraits, still life, flower compositions, come alive through a variety of digital means, such as TFT screens, touch screens, bilingual text panels with duratrance images, holoscreens. Various tricks, like the magnifying lens pointing out details on a painting, the illustration of significant elements through interesting graphics and their comparison to other works of Iakovidis himself, his teacher Nikiforos Lytras and major German painters, are but some of the media the Digital Museum uses to enhance the ‘educational’ aspect of art. At the lower level, visitors can watch a video on Iakovidis artistic career. The same space is also used for educational activities. The Georgios Iakovidis Digital Museum organizes educational programs for groups of all school levels, as well as guided tours for adults. The CD-Rom “Inside Georgios Iakovidis Studio”, designed especially for children, presents the painter’s works accompanied by interpretive texts and games. All programmes aim at getting the visitor better acquainted with the painter’s multifaceted oeuvre, as well as at encouraging children’s creativity.


    The Museum of Industrial Olive Oil Production in Lesvos (MBEL)

    Μουσείο Βιομηχανικής Ελαιουργίας

    Ώρες λειτουργίας: Xειμερινό 08:30-15:00
    Είσοδος: Ελεύθερη

    The Museum of Industrial Olive Oil Production in Lesvos (MBEL) in Agia Paraskevi, on the Island of Lesvos, has been founded and designed by the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation (PIOP), which is also responsible for its operation. It is housed in the premises of the old communal oil-mill –the Municipality of Agia Paraskevi having ceded their right of use to the Foundation. The project has been included in the 2000-2006 North Aegean Regional Operational Programme and has been financed by the Third EU Structural and Cohesion Fund. This Museum is part of a network of thematic museums of technology created by the Foundation and is a natural extention of the Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil in Sparta.Τel: (+30) 22530 32300
    e-links: http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/2/gh251.jsp?obj_id=810
    http://www.piop.gr


    The Museum of Lemonos Monastery

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    The Monastery houses a unique folklore art museum with impressive items : icons with gold-coated representations, colorful candlesticks made of glass, wooden chests etc. Also it’s worth visiting the Monastery’s Library : over 2.500 books and 450 manuscripts, 3.000 patriarchic documents etc.One of the most impressive item is a holy Gospel written during the 18th century with golden ink.


    The traditional Lesbian house

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    The traditional Lesbian house: The Lesbian house of the last century has been organized with the initiative of a skillful lady, called Marika Vlachou-Molynou, at the ground floor of her traditional house near the area of the Metropolis church in Mytilene. Many characteristic items compose the old Lesbian house : the wooden jar-stand, the spinning wheel, the hand-mill, the clay pots, the delicate embroideries, and many other. It is a successful detailed revival of 1800-1900 Lesbian house, a fantastic world of folklore artistry and simplicity.