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Samos museums - The Archeological Museum in Vathy (Samos Town)
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The Archeological Museum in Vathy (Samos Town) - This interesting museum is situated near the harbour of Vathy / Vathi, close to the townhall and the central park of the village. It consists of an old and a new building. There are several finds on display dating from different periods. Famous is the statue of the Kouros that dates from the 6th century BC, and is the largest of its kind. The torso of the 4,8 meter high statue was found in 1980 on the place where they wanted to build a hotel and the head was found 4 years later,in 1984. To accommodate the statue the museum had to be enlarged several times. The old Greek word for kouros meant young man, and was used by Homerus for young soldiers. The museum is opened every day from 8.30 t0 15.00 o'clock except for mondays when it is closed.

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In the new building of the museum behind the entrance where you have to buy your ticket (3 euro in 2010) are mainly remnants of marble statues. You will also find the huge kouros here. The nice thing is that here in this museum, in contrast to the museum in Pythagorion, you can make pictures. Also exposed is a sculpture group that originally consisted of six persons, known as the Geneleo group, named after the creator Geneleos. It dates from around 560 BC and originally consisted of father, mother and four children. Two of the statues are headless, two are still there in a smaller part and two are missing entirely. One of these statues can be found in Berlin. On many of the exhibited statues for some obscure reason the head is missing. When you walk out of building one make sure you still have your entrance ticket so you can enter building two with the interesting collection of small objects that were found in the Temple of Hera in Ireon.

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The finds that are displayed in the old building date from different periods and most of the objects come from the excavation of the Temple of Hera. The objects that were found in this temple were not all made in Greece, but some come from for instance Iran, Egypt, Armenia, Assyria, Cyprus or Babylon and they prove that the temple was very famous. There are miniatures in ceramic, bronze and ivory from warriors, gods and goddesses and from animals. Also on display are a helmet, weaponry, parts of furniture, urns, coins, glass and jewelry. The most unique are the objects that are made of wood that have stood the test of time. There are figurines and objects that were actually used, like for instance part of a door.

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Samos museums - The Archeological Museum in Pythagorion

The Archeological Museum in Pythagorion - This museum is situated in the townhall of Pythagorion and has a small display of gravestones, sculptures and inscriptions from the Roman and from other periods. Here you can not take pictures (why not? In the museum in Samos Town they found this very strange). Admission to the museum was free (2010) but it is approximately three times smaller than the previously described Archaeological Museum in Vathi. There are also many more people working here. I estimate that for almost every visitor there is an attendant that will walk with you and anxiously looks over your shoulder as if you are going to put a marble statue in your pocket or take a picture. The atmosphere was not really relaxed. However, there are some nice things to see in the museum, which itself is located next to an excavation (there is no sign to tell what it is and you cannot get in). There are large vases, small statues made of ceramic and some jewelry. On the first floor there are large marble statues and busts of Roman emperors and Greek gods, glass bottles and a sarcophagus. Interesting is the gold coin treasure that was found by a Dutch scholar archeologist in 1983.

The Fosile Museum in Mytilini - Supposedly this is the only paleontological museum in Greece, but there is another one in Vrisa on Lesvos / Lesbos. It and displays fossils and the remains of prehistoric animals such as the small horse of Samos which has three toes and is 13 millions years old.

N. Dimitriou Folklore Museum in Pythagorion - Life in Samos before 1940 with agricultural tools, and a look at the life of barbers, blacksmiths, bakers, plus amongst other things furniture from the thirties.

The Byzantine Museum in Vathy - In this museum there are beautiful icons, crosses and old manuscripts on display.

The Wine Museum in Malagari, about 1 km from Vathy - If you want to know about the wine of Samos you go here.

The Folklore Museum in Karlovassi - Museum for textiles, agricultural tools, porcelain decorative objects of great value, carved mirrors, couches and impressive outfits that the ladies of the upper class used to wear.


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