BYZANTINE MUSEUM OF ZAKYNTHOS
The Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos is roofed under a neoclassic building, constructed after the catastrophic 1953 earthquakes, in order to host all the important findings of the island’s cultural inheritance. In its two floors is exhibited a rare collection of icons. You will see unique pieces of ecclesiastic painting from byzantine and after-byzantine times. In the museum are also exhibited about one thousand saint icons of afterbyzantine ionian art. Among them distinguish pieces of Damaskinos, Koutouzis, Kallergis, Zanes, Tsonis and Doxaras. Although the older works are representative of the byzantine art, the pieces of Panagiotis Doxaras (1622 – 1700) are of great art interest, as they are naturalistic and belong to the ionian style. The son of Doxaras, Nikolaos, continued the west tradition. His oil paintings are exhibited in the museum. Also in the museum you will see icons of Nikolaos Koutouzis whose works adorn the church of Saint Dionysios.
In the museum are also hosted the chancel screen of Pantokratoras church and the church of Saint Demetrios. Highly impressive are the murals made by Cretan painters of the 15th, 16th and 17th century.
The museum gives visitors the opportunity to understand the evolution of byzantine, afterbyzantine and latest greek art, as through its exhibits reveals a full picture of ionian art.
SOLOMON MUSEUM AND OF EMINENT ZAKYNTHIANS
Solomon museum was established in 1959 by a group of artistic Zakynthians.
It is located in the square of Agios Markos, one of the most central and crowded spots of the town. In the ground floor you will see the graves of Dionysios Solomos (1798 – 1857) and of Andreas Kalvos (1792 – 1869). Here are also kept the bones of our great poets of latest history.
In the building’s entrance you will see part of pournari tree, on the hill of Stranis, where Solomon inspired the “Hymn to Freedom”.
In the rest of the rooms are exhibited personal stuff of our National Poet, of other eminent Zakynthian poets and literary men. Among them distinguish the manuscripts of Dionysios Solomos, Gregory’s Xenopoulos, Paul Karrer, etc.
You will also see a remarkable collection of portraits from historic features of Zakynthos, but and collections of religious works and secular painting of the 18th and 19th century, ceramics, wood carving and musical instruments.
Highly impressive are the blazons of important families from the last century, as donations to the museum.
GREGORY XENOPOULOS MUSEUM
The museum of Gregory Xenopoulos is in the region of Faneromeni, where the famous poet spent his childhood.
In the museum you will see personal items of Xenopoulos, as and the file with numbers of the magazine “Children’s’ Moulding”, in which he was the manager. The museum also hosts a rare collection of unpublished photos of the author.
On the second floor you will see furniture of that time as and apparatus of Xenopoulos house.
AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM – VERZAGIO
The Agricultural museum is located in Pigadakia village, close to the municipality of Alykes. It operates since 1998 and shows the cultural and agricultural history of a traditional Zakynthian village. You will see rare items from the island’s agricultural life, some of which are dated from the 16th century. Tools, apparatus, furniture and pieces of art are included in the collection.
NAVAL IONIAN MUSEUM
The Naval Museum is situated in Bohali, one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Zakynthos. It is hosted in a neoclassic building and shows the evolution of Ionian islands’ naval history through centuries. It includes a remarkable collection of art pictures of the sea and naval tradition, miniatures of ships and marine implements.
MILANIO NAVAL MUSEUM
The museum is located in Tsivili and it is unique at its kind in Greece. It includes aquarelles showing the Naval History of Greek Nation, which are presented only in that museum. It is a unique historic transcription. Also marine implements of famous ships and photos are exhibited for the first time. It is worth seeing them.