Rhodes is home to many fine museums, and the Greeks take their history very seriously… they have a lot of it after all. From the ancient to the medieval to the modern, this island has been home to a lot of different civilizations and empires, and each brought their own unique culture with them.

To get a sense of the ancient past head to the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes, which is housed in the Hospital of the Kings in the Old City. The collection of statues, sarcophagus, vases, mosaics and ceramics date from the Hellenistic period to the Early Christian times. Among the most famous of pieces at this museum is the 5th century BC statuette of Aphrodite of Rhodes.

The Palace of the Grand Master, which was first built by the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem is located on the site of a 7th century Byzantine fortress. Largely destroyed during the Ottoman occupation, when it was used a powder magazine, in 1856, the palace was restored between 1937 and 1940 under the supervision of Italian architect Vittorio Mesturino. It features a collection of sculptures from the Hellenistic and Roman periods, as well as weapons and other objects dating from the 15th through 19th centuries.

The Municipal Art Gallery, located in the Medieval City, is a beautiful building in its own right. Located on Symis Square it houses a collection of some of the most representative Greek painters of the 20th century including Fassianos, Moralis and Maleas.