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Pierides Museum - Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation
Ranked #12 of 65 things to do in Larnaka City
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Owner description: Pierides MuseumOpening Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9:00 - 16:00 Friday - Saturday: 9:00 - 13:00 Sunday: ClosedEntrance fees: Adults: 3,00 EUR Children / Students: 1,00 EUR Group 10+ : 2,00 EUR Description:The Archaeological Collection of the Pierides Museum - Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation is considered as one of the most important collections of Cyprus. The collection was initiated by the enlightened Demetrios Pierides in the 19th century and has been systematically enriched.The Pierides Museum is conveniently located in the commercial center of the city of Larnaka, parallel to the sea front. It can be characterized as one of the most important private museums of Cyprus, since the collection contains a significant and characteristic presentation of the civilization of Cyprus through the centuries. The Archaeological Collection is housed in the former, colonial style, residence of the Pierides family, built in 1825, where the visitor can travel through the ages covering 9000 years of the island's history, beginning from Neolithic times through to the Bronze Age, Geometric, Archaic, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine - Medieval Age.A very important cartography collection of old maps and charts of Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean is also housed in the Museum, as well as the prized collection of Greek and Roman glassware.
London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2013

We visited this museum as it had good reviews on trip advisor.
However it is to be avoided unless you like showcases with labels of mainly pre Roman items.
We were very disappointed.

Visited October 2013
Thank janjan72
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Ashdjian, Manager at Pierides Museum - Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, responded to this review, 30 October 2013
Dear visitor,
Firstly i would like to thank you for visiting our museum. Secondly i would like to inform you that our museum has a very large collection of Roman period Glass artifacts as well as an important collection of medieval pottery. In the museum there is also a collection of folk art embroiderys and woodcarvings. All tree collections are Roman and post Roman and have there labeling acordingly in there showcasese. There is also avalable free of charge a small gude at the entrance of the museum that provides you with a tour of the museum following all the artefacts afiliated to love and fertility covering the roman and medieval period as well. I would like to offer you a personal tour of the museum if you ever visit us again and hope that you will realise that your caracterisetion as to " avoid " our museum is not totaly fair.
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“just about the right size”
Reviewed 16 September 2013

Lovely little museum - the building itself is one of my favourite Cypriot style buildings! It houses some lovely stuff - just enough to keep your interested and not too much that you get bored - so a good filler if you have an hour or so spare - but not perhaps a destination museum!

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Carolyne M
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Larnaka City, Cyprus
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Pierides Museum”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

Worth a quick visit. Display could be more inventive. Many object are the same and young children soon become bored. A good place to escape the sun

Visited July 2013
2 Thank Maureen P
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126 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Small - with a history all it's own”
Reviewed 16 June 2013

This museum proves that size does not make the museum. This small family museum with an interesting past is wonderful. The story of how the family came into the possession of the artifacts alone is worth the visit. Most of these 'recovered' artifacts came as a result of a great deal of searching and funding by this family. The artifacts came from private collections outside Cyprus and were returned to Cyprus. As a result what you see is of the highest quality, and a great deal of it is outside the financial reach of public museums. The 'Screaming Man' alone is worth the visit. Take the time to examine the hand work and technology required to produce these ancient artifacts. Ask the question - how did people so many millennium ago produce products of this quality. The glass exhibit is a sight to behold. This glass looks like it is new - not several millennium old. This is not a museum that you just enter and stroll past multiple rooms filled with bric-a-brac. If you happen to walk outside, take a look at the unrestored Rolls Royce - not a part of the museum but surely part of the family. Tread softly as the Grandfather still resides in this mid 1800s house. Ask the grandson about the family history and the history of Cyprus. This is a wonderful museum well worth the stop.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank djude1148
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Falmouth, Cape Cod
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Worth a detour”
Reviewed 1 June 2013

I wouldn't fly to Cyprus just to see the Pierides museum, but if you're anywhere near Larnaca you should definitely go. The national museum in Nicosia has a better collection, but Pierides definitely ranks second. The history of the family and their museum alone is worth it. The strong sides are the prehistoric collection, the Byzantine stoneware (a/k/a pots and pans), and the maps of Cyprus. The latter contains some pretty rare pieces (originals by Mercator and Ortelius), but suffers from poor labeling. Read the fine print on the maps themselves.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Karl_from_Flanders
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