Kytherian Museum

The Kytherian museum has been closed for 6 years now. Without your help it may never reopen.

A specific Kytherian Museum website has been established here, to provide up-to-date information about what’s happening regarding the quest to reopen a venue that showcases the island’s history over the last 7000+ years.

The museum has been closed for 6 years now, we need your help to implement a solution. Doing nothing makes us as guilty as those who are responsible for it being closed.

This 7,200 year‐old Neolithic bowl is an object that extended known Kytherian human history by an additional 2,000 years than previously known. What were these Kytherians like over seven millennia ago? It’s a question relating to humanity, rather than just archaeology. It's now locked away in the 'closed' Kytherian museum - not available for those making a pilgrimage to the island at least once in their lifetime, to see.

This 2,300 year‐old clay writing tablet was used by a Greek student (a bit like paper) when learning how to write the Hellenic language in Kythera approximately 2,300 years ago. Some might ask how Kytherians can prove that they’re Hellenes. Here is hard proof of the language being used in Kythera more than 2,000 years ago.

2,600 year‐old Laconian Lion Statue... An icon representing power, that was either brought to Kythera from Laconia (Sparta) or carved on the island, in approximately 600BC. The most famous Spartan of all time, Leonidas had a name that meant lion‐like or lion's son in Greek, perhaps being born near a similar shrine. This Laconian lion has an interesting past. It is thought to have originally stood in the ancient capital of Kythera at Paleocastro, then was taken to the Kastro in Chora by the Venetians, was stolen by the Germans in WWII and taken to Germany... Then was refound in a store room in Germany by Prof George Kassimatis and brought back to Athens ‐ then eventually repatriated back to Kythera, some time later. Unfortunately it's not on public display because the National Kytherian Museum has been closed for nearly 5 years. It might have been better left in Athens – so that those of Kytherian descent can walk up to it and be awe‐struck.

Here’s a number of other objects that are locked away, perhaps never to be seen up close by this and future generations…

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