ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF ARGOSTOLI
The Archaeological Museum of Argostoli, Kefalonia’s capital, is hosting many important findings from different historic periods. It is roofed under a building of 1960, since the building that hosted it previously was ruined by the 1953 earthquakes.
You will see findings from excavations in various areas. These exhibits are mostly from prehistoric to roman times, while highly important is the collection with findings from mycanaec period. Worth seeing are the ancient golden coins, the copper swords, the cachets and the precious stones. Really interesting are the tools from Paleolithic age and the creations of pottery art from archaic times.
The museum operates since 1966 and it is roofed under the first floor of the imposing building of Korgialenios Library. It is a highly organized spiritual institution. Through its material is presented the island’s history from the beginnings of the 15th century to 1848. Here are collected many historic documents, portraitures, collections of personal material from historic personalities in Kefalonia, etc.
The museum is also hosting a remarkable folkloric collection. Among others you will see needlework, silverware, porcelains, domestic and agricultural tools, a traditional type bedroom, and about 3000 photos.
The museum aims to keep tradition alive as and the cultural inheritance of Kefalonia.
MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
The Museum of Natural History is located in Davgata. It was established by the Nature Protection Company of Kefalonia and Ithaki. During your tour around the museum you will see the marine and ground wealth of the island. A variety of rare animal and vegetal species are shown through the museum’s exhibits. It aims to present the total picture of these two islands (Kefalonia and Ithaki), to inform and sensitize public in protecting the environment matters.
It is located in Lixouri, in the renovated mansion of Tipaldes – Iakovates. This imposing mansion house has 14 rooms, decorated with coffers in the ceiling.
It has a library with 30.000 tomes of books, 1/5 of which are from 16th, 17th and 18th century.
Really interesting is the Library Museum on the first floor. It has a remarkable collection of manuscripts from brothers Iakovati, ecclesiastic heirlooms and old furniture.
Among the exhibits distinguish: the 36 icons (two of which are portable, the “Assembly of Taxiarhs” by Filotheos Skoufos, and the “Miracle in Hones” by Michael Damaskinos, 3 manuscript Gospels made of parchment of the 10th, 14th and 15th century on animal skin written by hand, as and the Omnibus Book of Platen in a rare edition of 1556.
The ecclesiastic museum is roofed under the old catholic of Saint Apostle Andreas of Milapidias’ church. It is the only building saved by the 1953 earthquakes. Among its exhibits distinguish: the epitrahilio of Saint Nektarios and the shirt of Saint Panagis or papa – Basias. Also two manuscript letters of Saint Kosmas Etolos from 1777 and the Archbishop of Kefalonia Sakos.
In the main Temple, which is saved complete distinguishes the chancel screen, from the 17th century.