- FOLK MUSEUM COLLECTION (CHORA) TEL.: +30 22850 25531
Entering into the Museum the first room introduces Naxos through the Ages giving a brief history from antiquity up until 20th century.
A life-sized photo by Boissannas, a Swiss photographer (1886-1946) captures an Apeirathian family in their single roomed home.
Costumes, musical instruments, a raki still and many other objects surround them indicating the traditions and life style they typically experienced.
- ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM (CHORA) TEL.: +30 22850 22725
This is undoubtedly a museum of special interest, with exhibits whispering stories going back thousands of years. It is housed in an old, five-storey mansion –the old School of Commerce- in Chora’s medieval citadel (Kastro) and displays finds from Naxos and the neighboring islands of Keros, Donoussa and Koufonissia dating from the late Neolithic Age (4th millennium) to the early Christian era (6th century).
Besides excellent specimens of Proto-Cycladic marble idols that rival those in the Archaeological Museum of Athens, the Naxos collections also include important ceramic finds belonging to the late Mycenean era, funerary offerings made of gold, silver and copper, glass objects of the Roman period, parts of statues and sarcophagi, as well as bronze weapons and tools.
An impressive mosaic floor depicting a half-naked woman riding a sea monster is exhibited on the ambient roof of the posterior part of the building.
The Naxos Historical Archive is housed in a separate part of the mansion.
- TOWER DELLA ROCCA-BAROZZI VENETIAN MUSEUM
Housed in one of the most impressive mansions of the Naxos citadel, the Della Rocca-Barozzi tower, this privately-run museum, that served both as Venetian military headquarters and consulate under Ottoman rule, comprises an excellent display of objects dating to a variety of periods.
The mansion has belonged to the Della Rocca-Barozzi family since 1704. Today, a member of the family, Nikos Karavias, guides visitors in his own exuberant style around the collections of furniture, garments, utensils and paintings reflecting the lifestyle of the nobility in centuries past.
The museum also holds a wide variety of musical events in the courtyard in the evenings, from April through October.
- METROPOLIS SITE MUSEUM (CHORA) TEL.: +30 22850 24151
In the square of the Metropolitan Cathedral on the left side from the port you will meet the Metropolis Site Museum that owes its name to the place where it is located while it is considered to be the first one of this type in Greece. It displays a rich collection of finds from the ancient town of the island in the exact place where they were found, revealing important facts of the ancient Naxian people’s life.
The collection is divided into chronological periods. From the Mycenaean period, you can see a part of the town’s walls where there are also some pottery workshops. From the Geometric period, you will see an altar as well as the earthen tomb that paid tribute to the ancient graves.
The general structure of the museum along with the explanatory visual means give the chance to the visitor to get to know better the way of life of the ancient residents as well as the historical development of the periods. The museum functions since 1999 and it is daily open to the public from 8:30 to 15:00, except for Monday.
- ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM (APERATHOU) TEL.: +30 22850 61725
A modest establishment in Apiranthos’s main street hosts the most important archaeological finds of the area.
The Apiranthos Archaeological Museum was founded by a local initiative in 1960, initially hosting the collection of Michalis Bogdanis. It was later enriched with the discoveries of excavations in the area and the finds of local farmers while they tilled their land. The exhibits include oil lamps and small receptacles of the Proto-Cycladic period (3000-2700 BC), Cycladic idols and vessels, sculptures, parts of marble architectural structures, tools, weapons etc.
The most important exhibits, due to their rarity, are considered the 10 stone slabs with rock drawings of scenes of everyday life, found at Korfi t’Aroniou –a hill overlooking the eastern coast of Naxos, where archaeologists believe that there was a small sanctuary and a watch tower.
- GEOLOGICAL MUSEUM (APERATHOU PRIMARY SCHOO) TEL.: +30 22850 61361
This small but impressive museum, housed in the building of the Apiranthos primary school, displays more than 2,000 samples of rock, minerals, ores and fossils from Naxos and beyond, and is considered one of richest of its kind in Greece. Part of the collection has been donated by former mayor Manolis Glezos (see Personalities section), at whose initiative the museum was reopened on a comprehensive basis in 1987 after some 20 years.
Emery, a dark rock used extensively in tools for the processing of stone since antiquity and quarried locally near Apiranthos, takes center stage among the exhibits, occupying one of seven sections. In the other sections, the museum also presents a wide array of samples of minerals from the Cyclades, the rest of Greece and other countries. They include marble samples from Naxos and Paros, obsidian blades from Milos, pumice stone from Santorini, volcanic stone from Mt. Aetna and Mt. Vezuvius, bauxite and kyantite from Brazil as well as pieces of meteorites.
The fossils display includes the bones of a dwarf elephant that lived on Naxos some 70,000 years ago.
A highlight is a ray-emitting apparatus which reveals colors of rocks normally invisible by the naked eye. The museum shop sells a wide array of souvenirs at reasonable prices, such as worry-bead sets, jewelry and various decorative items.
- FOLKLORE MUSEUM (APERATHOU) TEL.: +30 22850 61361
Located at Apiranthos’s main square, Platsa, the Apiranthos Folklore Museum possesses over 1,200 items of popular art –all donated by locals. The exhibits include a wide array of equipment used in the cultivation, collection and threshing of crops, as well as in bread making. Other items on show include furniture, domestic utensils, musical instruments –such as the dubaki, a percussion instrument, tsabouna, a traditional bagpipe, and souvliari, a wind instrument, traditional costumes, as well as woven fabrics that highlight the skills of local women. Various ceramic pieces, books, paintings as well as traditional music CD’s –all rendered by local artists- are on sale at the museum, helping maintain it.
- MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY (APERATHOU) TEL.: +30 22850 61361
The Natural History Museum of Apiranthos, set up in 1966, displays a wide array of samples of the area’s flora and fauna. It is divided into two sections, one focused on the sea, the other on the land. It includes an aquarium, an exceptional collection of shells, dolphin skeletons, whale bones, as well as an impressively large flora collection –the result of extensive research at the water basin of Perachoritis torrent.
The museum has also developed important educational activities, organizing and hosting conferences and events with themes focused on flora, fauna and ecology.
- MUSEUM OF FIGURATIVE ARTS (APERATHOU) TEL.: +30 22850 61361
The Visual Arts Museum of Apiranthos, housed at the culture center’s ground level, is located on the main road prior to the village entrance. It was founded in 2008 by the Friends of Museums and the N.N. Glezos Library Society and features works (paintings, sculptures, engravings) by Naxos-based artists.
- MELANES COLLECTIONS OF FINDS (KOUROUNOCHORI)
The Melanes Museum Collection comprises exhibits found during the excavation of the ancient sanctuary at the Flerio water spring and research in the ancient Naxos aqueduct. They come in five units. The first includes votive offerings of the quarriers visiting the sanctuary to the worshipped twin mythical giants, Otus and Ephialtes, sons of Aloeus: votive columns, pedestals, fountain basins, sections of Kouroi –the freestanding stone figures of unclothed young men and oil lamps –all marble and most of them half-finished, deficient or mere experimental works of apprentices. An early (7th century) incomplete Sphinx stands out. The second unit comprises other offerings to the twin giant deities (quarriers’ equipment, such as emery pestles) and to the female deity of nature (whorls, loom weights and clay female figurines). Also on show are a characteristic sample of ceramic objects belonging to various periods found at the site, and marble architectural elements (underlying and covering roof tiles, gutter, door sockets). Finally, another unit includes clay pipes of the ancient aqueduct. The exhibits are accompanied by plentiful information material.