Source: Wiz Guide
Transport, Communications and Works Minister Yiannis Karousos described the re-opening on Wednesday of the newly upgraded and renovated Archaeological Museum of Larnaca as "significant" after it had been closed for five years due to renovations.
Speaking to the press during the opening ceremony, he said it is a significant day for the town and the Larnaca district but also for the island’s cultural heritage. The Museum has been renovated and completely upgraded and is now re-opened. The museum will offer visitors a unique experience with free admission throughout the week from 10:00-16:30, excluding Mondays.
The museum was ready to reopen in 2020, but with only one wing renovated. For this reason, he added, a decision was taken to carry out a complete renovation, making it also accessible for people with disabilities and complete with all infrastructure and services that modern museums have.
In the two completely renovated wings of the Museum, the exhibits play a central role and enable visitors to enjoy a journey into the history of Larnaca Province.
The aim of the renovation work of the Museum was to satisfy the need for a more modern exhibit.
On the one hand, the renewal of the collection of exhibits is achieved with new findings that came to light from excavations in recent decades and testify to the dynamism of the settlements that were founded and those that flourished in the Province from the 9th millennium BC, and in the periods that followed until the emergence of the metropolis of Kiti.
On the other hand, it was imperative to modernize the exhibition museographically, ie to create a new design that will tell the story of societies that lived in the Province in antiquity. It needed to be done in a simple and direct way so that visitors could easily understand the history.
The exhibits are now filled with descriptions, which have a scientific background but are formatted in simple language, with photographs, rich illustrations, maps and digital surveillance material. In addition to the chronological narrative, the objects are presented in thematic sections such as daily life, personal adornment, administration and the various arts and crafts that have developed over the centuries.
The Archaeological Museum of the Larnaca District is located near the center of town. Inaugurated in 1969, it originally consisted of two exhibition rooms. In 1987 and 1988 the Museum was enriched with new rooms and finds. Today it consists of four galleries where objects follow a chronological succession so that the visitor may have a more complete picture of the historical development of the city of Kition and the District of Larnaca in general.
Kalograion Square, Larnaca
Tuesday through Sunday 9.00-16.30
[With information from CNA]