The Aegean Maritime Museum is a unique attraction on the beautiful island of Mykonos in the Greek Islands. Located on the eastern part of the island in the town of Chora, the museum offers a fascinating insight into the maritime history of the region.
The museum is housed in the Cavos mansion, a classic example of the 19th century Cycladic architectural style. Inside, guests are greeted with a stunning collection of artefacts across eight main galleries with displays of archaeological finds, traditional boats, models and ancient maps. The exhibition also features visual and audio displays, scientific exhibitions and temporary exhibitions.
The museum’s collection includes a wide range of fascinating items from around the Aegean; from amphorae (ceramic jars) to traditional fishing boats and fascinating archaeological finds. Guests can view a variety of ancient items including the tools used to build ships and trade in the area, traditional clothing, tools and implements made by the locals, as well as models of the original ships that sailed across the seas.
The museum is full of rare and valuable objects including a reproduction of a vessel used during the discovery of the wreck of the “Nostromo”, a Greek cargo ship that sank near the coast of Mykonos in 1876. Other rare exhibits include the 15th century map by Piranesi, artistic renderings of the area by well-known artists such as Le Brun and Canaletto, and a collection of 18th century decorative arts pieces.
Visitors can also find out about the rich maritime history of Mykonos and the wider Aegean region, from the prehistoric days to modern times. The museum’s library holds a number of rare books which visitors can take out with them or browse through in the museum itself. There’s also a hand-picked selection of gifts, books and prints available in the gift shop.
The Aegean Maritime Museum provides a fascinating insight into the maritime and cultural history of the region and is a must-visit for everyone visiting Mykonos. Its friendly and knowledgeable staff offer guided tours, special events and hands-on activities throughout the year, received rave reviews from everyone who’s visited. So, if you want to learn something new and explore a unique and fascinating part of Greek culture, don’t forget to make a stop at the Aegean Maritime Museum during your stay on Mykonos.