The Cyprus Museum is the island’s main and largest archaeological museum, and charts the development of Cyprus’ civilisation from the Neolithic Age to the Early Byzantine period (7th century).
The museum’s collections are comprised of finds from extensive excavations from all over the island that have helped the development of Cyprus’ archaeology, as well as its research into the cultural heritage of the Mediterranean.
The collections consist of pottery, jewellery, sculpture, coins, copper objects, and other artefacts, all exhibited in chronological order in the various museum galleries. Pieces typical of Cypriot culture – and of particularly important artistic, archaeological and historical value – include the cross-shaped idol of the Chalcolithic period, Early Bronze Age pottery from Vouni, Late Bronze Age golden jewellery from Egkomi, and the 1st century BC statue of Aphrodite of Soloi.
The museum building itself is also historic, and work on it commenced in 1908 and was completed in 1924, when Cyprus was still a British colony. Several extensions were later added for the museum to become the building it is today.
The museum is linked with the Aphrodite Cultural Route.
Region: Lefkosia (Nicosia)
Address: Mouseiou, 1
GPS coordinates: Lat: 35.17198 Lon: 33.355569
Contact No: Tel: +357 22 865 854 / +357 22 865 888, Fax: +357 22 303 148
Operating Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 08:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 09:00 – 17:00
Sunday: 10:00 – 13:00
Closed on Monday
Public Holidays: 10:30 – 13:00 (except those listed below)
Please note that every first Wednesday of the month the opening hours of the museum are from 08:00 – 20:00.
Operating Period: All year round.
Closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday (Greek Orthodox).
Entrance Fee: €4,50
For organised groups consisting of more than 10 persons there is a 20% reduction on the entry fees.
The Department of Antiquities can issue special entry cards for all its museums and ancient monuments: One (1) day entry cards – €8,50, three (3) day entry cards – €17,00, seven (7) day entry cards – €25,00.
Disabled Access: Entrance ramp, chair lifts for rooms and disabled toilets
Courtesy of the CTO