Pierides Museum - Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation

Pierides Museum - Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation

Pierides Museum - Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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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.
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rod884
Tumon, Mariana Islands22 contributions
Feb 2023
A small privately run museum near the main Post Office and Finikoudes Beach. Although a bit disorganized, the pottery pieces on display are fabulous. We visited several of the big museums in Athens just a few months ago, we didn't see anything like these pieces. Unique and intact, we were told that most of their items were recovered from tombs and grave sites. Doesn't take more than an hour to view the whole collection.
Written February 25, 2023
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Peter A
United Kingdom154 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
Private collection of antiques collected by the Pierides family. Now on exhibition well displade with loads of information. For the 3 euro entrance fee, well worth it. 2500 Cypriot antiquities 9000 years of culture from the Neolithic to the Medieval period. The Roman glassware so delicate and fragile it's amazing that thay have survived. Ceramics textile and stone carvings if you like history and the past I would recommend. It is a small museum but you can easily Pass a couple of hours there. You are allowed to take photos so get your camera ready
Written November 3, 2020
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Dear Visitor, thank you very much for your lovely comments. We are so happy you enjoyed our collections and your visit. Hope we will have the honor of your visit again. Best regards, Peter Ashdjian Director
Written July 3, 2022
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katielittlered87
Eastbourne, UK426 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
What a little gem this private collection is. I think the way it has been displayed through the ages as you walk round gives you a idea of how important and rare the items are. The glass exhibit is amazing that they have survived so many hundreds of years. Although not massive in size as its only one floor of a private residency it has been well thought out. Worth every bit of the 3€ entrance fee.
Written November 16, 2020
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Dear Visitor, It gives us great pleaser that you liked our museum. Thank you for your visit and your comments. Hope to see you again, Peter Ashdjian Director
Written July 3, 2022
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Brenda M
Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates59 contributions
Dec 2021 • Solo
I thought this was a perfect museum. The artifacts spans about 10000 years. They are in excellent condition. It is great to learn about the history of the country. There is enough to see but not so much you feel overwhelmed. For me the amount of detail was great. Not too much to read but enough to get a good feel for the history. Only 3 Euro. I would say a must see. Plan to spend 40-60 minutes.
Written December 5, 2021
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Dear Visitor, Thank you so much for visiting our museum and for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate it a lot. We are so happy you enjoyed our collection and hope to see you again. Warmest regards? Peter Ashdjian
Written December 5, 2021
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frankie104
Mazotos, Cyprus85 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
I love my museums but struggled with this one. 4 rooms in a house that have been made accessible to the public. Information about the exhibits is very limited so understanding about what you are looking at limits enjoyment and benefit. No other literature available unless you want a book. 30 mins tops to cover pretty much everything which consists of mostly small items, pottery and figurines.

Kids will hate it.
Written May 19, 2018
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Malathy G
Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates29 contributions
Apr 2017 • Solo
My visit to this museum was totally unplanned. Due to a missed bus and time to kill, I went here. Small museum but a great collection spanning thousands of years. The icing on the cake is the tiny outlet that sells authentic keepsakes. Was able to buy a print of Ptolemy's Geographia that depicts Cyprus that now occupies pride of place in my living room!
Written May 17, 2017
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Dear visitor, Thank you very much for visiting our museum and for your comments.I am so happy that you enjoyed your visit. I hope when you look at the map it will bring good memories of Cyprus and our museum. My best and warmest regards, Peter Ashdjian
Written May 18, 2017
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GSene
Tervuren, Belgium24 contributions
Sep 2014 • Family
I've been to most of the archaeological museums in Cyprus, but continue to rave about Pierides. It is contained on the ground floor of the Pierides family home, just a block or so off the waterfront. While the collection is not massive, it is so very impressive and important. The Pierides family, originally from Venetian aristocracy, noticed that as the Cypriot archaeological sites were being discovered, uncovered and documented by "looters", I mean "foreign archaeologists", the treasures were leaving Cyprus. Rather than watch their country's treasures leave and end up on the black market or in a foreign museum, the family used its personal wealth to buy them back. This means that the Pierides museum has the best quality artifacts available. The national museums were left to display what the looters left behind. The Pierides collection has Neolithic pieces, a room full of the heads which had been knocked off the statues (easier for looters to carry than the whole body), a cabinet of pristine glassware from 0-30 AD and before, which I'm sure could still hold water today if someone tried, and many more treasures. It's a small museum and easy to see in an hour or two, but so very worth the visit.
Written May 10, 2015
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Thank you very much for your nice comments. I am very happy that you enjoyed your visit to our museum. I hope next time you will be in our museum I will have the opportunity to meet you and show you around! Hope to see you soon!
Written May 12, 2015
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greekcypriot2009
Athens, Greece9,354 contributions
Apr 2015 • Solo
Taking you back through the centuries, a vast archaeological collection is hosted at the Pierides Family house in Larnaca; a building which dates back to 1825.

Visitors can get to grips with 9000 years of Cypriot civilization, starting from the Neolithic period.

Aside from the archeological location, the Museum houses an exemplary collection of old maps of Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as a marvelous collection of Hellenistic and Roman glass vases.

Opening Hours:
Monday-Thursday 09:00–16:00
Friday-Saturday 09:00–13:00

Entrance Fee: €3.00 (Adults), €1.00 (Children/Students), €2,00 (groups over 10 +)

ADDRESS: 4 Zinonos Kitieos Str.
Tel: 24 651345
Written April 29, 2015
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Thank you for visiting our museum. We are ready happy that you enjoyed your visit. Hope we will have you again soon. Regards, Peter Ashdjian
Written May 12, 2015
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Maureen P
Larnaca, Cyprus12 contributions
Jul 2013 • Solo
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
Written July 30, 2013
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djude1148
USA134 contributions
Jun 2013 • Friends
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.
Written June 16, 2013
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