The Archaeological and other museums of Lefkada


The Archaeological Museum of Lefkada operates since 1999 and is housed in the building of the cultural centre of Lefkada Town. Its four rooms include findings from the Paleolithic Age until Roman times. In the first room there are exhibits from the private and public life of the locals in the past. The exhibition consists of four modules: the household, the preparation and consumption of basic food in ancient Greece, minting and fishing. Findings related to music, such as the cluster of Nymphs from the 6th century BC, commerce and textiles from homes of the Classical and the Hellenistic period, are also exhibited here.

In the second room, there are findings from the Geometric period as double axes, and from the Classical period, such as the miniature bronze crest from the 6th century BC. This room is dedicated to the deities of Lefkada. In the third hall there are exhibitions concerning the burial customs of the island such as urns, sepulchral columns and findings from the two ancient cemeteries on the island. In the fourth hall, there are Paleolithic tools, vessels, jewels from the Bronze Age and more. It is dedicated to the archaeologist William Dorpfeld who brought to light the majority of these findings in the excavations he performed on the island. He is buried in Lefkada and there are monuments in his honour in other areas of the island as well.

The ecclesiastic museum is located inside the Convent of Faneromeni, 4kilometres from Lefkada Town. Works of art from other convents, monasteries and churches are exhibited here ranging from the period of the Turkish occupation till 1864, when Lefkada reunited with the mainland Greece.

Rare paintings of renowned Eptanese artists are found in this museum as well as valuable ecclesiastical manuscripts and antique prints. Exquisite works of art made of silver, such as crosses, grails, trays, icon frames and gospel covers are some of the exhibits you can admire here. The museum is proud of its collection of canonicals and cloths as old as 300 years.

Apart from these two main museums, there are also two smaller private museums, the museum of embroidery and the museum of phonographs. In the first one, works of folk art based on the patterns of local embroidery are shown. In the second, items from private collections such as models of old phonographs, gramophones and radios are found. For those of you who love vintage, in this museum there are a lot of old newspapers, old postcards, coins and pieces of jewellery from 1880-1950.