The Archaeological Museum in Lemesos (Limassol) was founded in 1948 and was initially housed in a section of the Lemesos Castle. During the conflicts of 1964 it remained closed as it was handed over to the National Guard. Construction activities for the new modern Museum began in 1972. The new exhibition was organised in March 1975, under extremely difficult circumstances related to the recent Turkish invasion of the island.
The Museum houses antiquities that cover the development of civilisation on the island from the 9th millennium to the end of the Roman period. The finds are the result of systematic and rescue excavations of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus and of the foreign Archaeological Missions in the city and the district of Lemesos as well. The building consists of two long rooms joined together by two transversal spaces. Artifacts that date from the earlier phases of the history of Cyprus such as the pygmy elephant and pygmy hippopotamus found at the Pre-neolithic site of Akrotiri-Aetokremmos are on display in the first part of the left Room.
Finds are also on display which date from the Aceramic Neolithic I period up to the Late Bronze Age. These objects were unearthed from some very important sites such as Chillourokampos in Parekklisia, Sotira, Erimi-Pampoula but also from the city of Lemesos and its neighbouring villages. From the Late Bronze Age onwards the commercial contacts and the establishment in Cyprus of settlers from the Aegean contributed to the close contacts between the island and the Mediterranean world. These close contacts can be acknowledged with the imported Mycenaean vessels, which are exhibited in the Museum alongside the locally produced vessels.
Address: Corner of Byron and Anastasi Sioukri Street, Lemesos (Limassol)
Tuesday,Thursday, Friday: 8.00-15.00
Wednesday: 8.00 -17:00
Saturday: 9.00 - 15.00
Sunday, Monday: Closed
Admission: € 1,70
Non wheelchair accessibility.