Large collection of archaeology, marine and natural life antiquities.
The museum’s collections are derived from the Cyprus Department of Antiquities, the Pierides-Tornaritis Marine Life Foundation, the Museum Pierides- Laiki Group Cultural Centre, and the Hellenic Institute for the Preservation of Nautical Tradition and the personal collection of Demetrios Z. Pierides.
The main exhibit of the museum is the ‘Kyrenia II’ vessel. A life size exact replica of the ancient ship of Kyrenia of the Classical period (400 B.C.)
The ‘Kyrenia II’ was exhibited in several cities in Greece and worldwide like in New York, Japan’s Nara, Sevilla and Hamburg. It was built in 1985 for scientific experimental purposes by the Hellenic Institute for the Preservation of Nautical Tradition under the supervision of Harry Tzalas and the active support of Michael Katzev, Richard Steffy and Susan Katzev, who they were the leaders of underwater excavations and preservations of the Kerynia old shipwreck.
At the museum is displayed the PAPYRELLA, a replica of a Mesolithic (9200 B.C.) papyrus vessel (experimental Marine Archaeology), which was used for obsidian carrying in the Aegean.
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Cypro-Archaic II period (600- 480 B.C.)
Among the most important Cypriot antiquities that the museum houses are a composite vase with vertical handle of the Red Polished Ware of the Early Bronze Age III (2100-1900 B.C.), a spectacular clay model of a ship with sailors and captain of the Cypro-Archaic II period (600- 480 B.C.), a sarcophagus and four red figured plates decorated with fish of the Classical (475-325 B.C.) and Hellenistic periods (325-30 B.C.).
Late Cretaceous Period
The exhibits of the Tornaritis-Pierides Marine Life Foundation are include fossilised fishes, shells, corals, ammonites, trilobites and rudists of the late Cretaceous period (130 to 65 million years) and marine organism such as shells, barnacles, corals, sea-urchins, starfish, crabs, lobsters, sponges, sea fans, marine plants and others found in various parts of the island.
Moreover it has stuffed fish, mammals, sea turtles of the Cypriot and Greek seas, and an important collection of sea and lake birds in their natural habitat. It must be pointed out that all exhibits were collected after their natural death. It is imperative to mention that not a single specimen was removed alive from own its environment.