FIND THE BEST MUSEUMS IN ZAKYNTHOS
The Byzantine Museum is located at Solomos Square, and has a rich collection of icons: a panorama of ecclesiastical painting from the Byzantine period up to the 19th century, counting about a thousand hagiographies of post-Byzantine, Ionian and Zakynthian art.
SOLOMOS & KALVOS MUSEUM
The Mausoleum in which the bones of the National Poet of Greece, Dionysios Solomos, the bones of the poet Andreas Kalvos and his wife are kept since 1968. At the entrance of the Mausoleum, there is a piece of the yew under which D. Solomos wrote the National Anthem on the Hill of Strani.
Holy Relics, exhibits and worship artworks are included in the Ecclesiastical Museum of the Monastery of Agios Dionysios in Zakynthos town. In there, the Holy Relics of Agios Dionysios have been transferred from the Monastery of Strofades, which was damaged by the earthquake of 1997. The visitor can also admire paintings, sculptures and weaving works. Among the most prominent exhibits is an icon of the 13th century which was transferred from the Holy Monastery of Strofades. The Ecclesiastical Museum was inaugurated in 2000.
The visitor of the Mansion of Roma has the opportunity to see the history of Zakynthos, as well as of the newest Greece. The Mansion was erected in the 1660s and was bought by the Roma family in 1880. It is a unique sample of a mansion left in Zakynthos after the earthquakes of 1953. Exquisite furniture, a collection of family portraits, paintings, uniforms, weapons and other historical objects are exhibited inside the Mansion, as well as a rich library with over 10,000 titles of books from very old and rare editions, from the 16th century to the present.
Vertzagio Museum is a traditional Zakynthian house where time has stopped for up to 200 years back. In the green area of Pigadakia, the visit to this Agricultural - Folklore Museum will remind you of the harsh routine of our ancestors. A journey in time with newspaper covers, old coins, maps and even school desks. On the outside there are agricultural machines that were used in the past to grind the wheat, press the grapes and melt the olives.
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
In the center of the island, overlooking the town and the bay of Laganas, there is the village of Agia Marina, where the Natural History Museum of Helmis is located, unique in its kind on the island. The museum is housed in a beautiful traditional building and its collections include specimens from the flora and fauna of the Zakynthian nature like rocks and minerals, plant and animal fossils, shells, fishes and birds, as well as educational material for children.