Museums

AGIOS ANDREAS ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE & MUSEUM EXHIBIT

This is the newest and most modern museum of the island (open to the public since 2010). On display are a variety of selected findings from excavations in the region, and a wealth of print and visual material pertaining to both the Acropolis of Agios Andreas and the rest of the island (Ancient ‘Asty’ Kastro, the Sifnos mine, the ancient ‘fryktories’ (beacon towers) from prehistoric times to later antiquity. In 2012 the site was awarded the NOSTRA EUROPA prize, as an excellent example of conservation and the enhancement of cultural heritage.

It is open to the public all year round on a daily basis, except for Mondays and public holidays, from 8:30 am to 15:00 pm. (Tel. 2284031488)

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF SIFNOS IN KASTRO

The two-storey building in the village was constructed by the Archaeological Service in the 1970s, on a plot of land donated by Professor Georgios Maridakis. It was renovated by the Ministry of Culture in the early 1980s, and has been in regular operation since 1986. Its collections include finds from various sites on the island including: Sculptures (tombstones, statues, architectural elements etc.) from the Archaic to the Roman era (6th century BC - 1st century BC), ceramics from Kastro from the Geometric to the Hellenistic period (8th century BC - 2nd century BC), and coins. The most important exhibits are a floral-crowned marble headstone (4th century BC), the head of a marble female statue (4th century BC) The head of a marble kouros (mid 6th century BC), an Ionic order column capital (6th century BC), and a marble headstone (Hellenistic period).

It is open to the public every day except Mondays and public holidays. Information: Tel. 22840 31022

FOLKLORE MUSEUM (APOLLONIA)

The collection is housed in a building on the main square in Apollonia (Plateia Iroon). The museum is owned by the Sifnian Association and includes exhibits relating to the traditional daily life of the island, including agricultural tools, household items, and local costumes, among other things. The main exhibits are a collection of swords and rifles, and the collections of old traditional costumes, woodcarvings and trunks, embroidery and lace, household items (among them cutlery from Constantinople), agricultural tools, woven basketwork items (such as the famous Sifnian window blinds), beekeeping equipment and pottery, statues of famous Sifnian personages, and Sifnos newspaper archives.

The museum was inspired and organised by the Sifnian teacher, writer and ethnologist Antonis Troullos.

It is open to the public during the summer season. Information: Tel. 22840 33730

‘US IN OUR HOMES IN THE OLD DAYS’ - IOANNIS ATSONIOS FOLK ARTS & CRAFTS EXHIBITION IN ARTEMONAS

This is an old house built in the traditional Sifnos architectural style and is laid out and decorated in the manner of most Sifnian homes in bygone days, with traditional furniture, hand-crafted items, framed photographs, engravings, and lithographs, mirrors, opaline oil lamps, pottery, old hand sewing machine, a gramophone from the 1900s, a cradle dating from 1880 brought from Constantinople, wooden shelves from 1880, formal dress clothes hand embroidered in gold, old records, traditional costumes, a radio from the era between the wars, old newspapers, and nuptial agreements, among other items of interest from daily life in former times. Also on display are the personal and official service documents of the Artemonas poet Ioannis Gryparis, as well as a couch belonging to the poet.

The exhibition is under the management of the Cultural Association of Sifnos and has been in operation since 2008.

It is open to the public from July 15th to September 15th in the evenings (19:00-23:00)

ECCLESIASTICAL ART MUSEUM AT THE MONASTERY OF VRISIS IN EXAMBELA

This represents the ‘Study of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Sifnos’ housed in the Monastery of Vrisis or Vrissiani (Our Lady of the Fountain). Here manuscripts, codified parchments, copies of old printed editions, a New Testament from 1796, reliquaries, metal disks depicting cherubims, ceremonial chalices, vestments, icons, an embroidered ‘feloni’ (ceremonial cape) from Kassiani, among other things.

Information: Tel. 22840 31937