Kos Museums and Art Galleries

(Kos, Dodecanese, Greece)

Asklipieion photoThe main reason that so many tourists flock to Kos during the summer months is not because of the island's museums. Many choose to stay on the beaches for the majority of their holiday, although if you have the time, there are a couple of good museums on Kos, well worth a look.

The Archaeological Museum is one attraction not to be missed and is easy to find, residing in Kos Town and on the centrally located Eleftherios Square (Plateia Eleftherias), and home to a very famous statue of Hippocrates.

Archaeological Museum

Address: Plateia Eleftherias, Kos Town, Kos, Greece, GR
Tel: +30 22420 28326
The exhibits here and both plentiful and varied, ranging from the well-preserved mosaic in the vestibule, which dates back as far as the 3rd-century, to an acclaimed statue of Hippocrates (460 BC - 370 BC), who is widely regarded as nothing short of the 'father of medicine' due to his remarkable contributions in this field. There are also countless displays of pottery, and further statues and mosaics, relating to both the Roman and the Hellenistic times, as well as the archaic era.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 08:00 to 14:30
Admission: charge, discounts for students and children

Kos Folk Museum

Address: Kefalos, Kos, Greece, GR
Situated in the town of Kefalos and approximately 40 km / 25 miles for Kos Town itself, the Folk Museum resides within a traditional building and records the history of agricultural life on the island. The collection is extremely extensive and quite varied, offering a true glimpse into the past. The various artefacts exhibited relate to the different generations of Greek farming, as well as beautiful hand-woven tapestries and elaborate embroideries.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - hours vary
Admission: charge