The Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia was established in April 1989, and it resides in a complex of three historic buildings that have been meticulously restored and modernized to meet contemporary museological standards. The aim is to offer visitors a welcoming and enjoyable space to explore its rich Collections.
Dedicated to presenting the history of Nicosia, the last divided capital of Europe, the Museum takes visitors on a journey through time, covering the city's past from prehistoric ages to the present day. Its exceptional Collections, comprising over 10,000 objects such as maps, documents, paintings, engravings, and costumes, eloquently narrate the story of Nicosia. The permanent exhibition galleries on three floors guide visitors through the chronological evolution of the city, spanning Ancient Nicosia, the Byzantine and medieval Frankish and Venetian periods, the Ottoman period, the British era, and concluding with the Republic of Cyprus and present-day Nicosia.
The Museum is also home to two private collections of great significance: the Leto and Costakis Severis Collection, along with the Chris Phylactou Collection, showcasing Cypriot and medieval antiquities. Moreover, the Museum's archives boast an extensive photographic collection primarily focused on the city and its inhabitants.
Just two years after its inauguration, in 1991, the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia was honored with the prestigious European Museum of the Year Award. Today, it is widely recognized as one of the foremost history museums in Europe and beyond.
The Museum offers a multifaceted experience, allowing today's visitors to engage with the capital's history in various ways. To cater to people of all ages and backgrounds, the Museum hosts a diverse array of activities and events. These include temporary exhibitions, guided tours, lectures, talks, evening events, and educational activities, all thoughtfully designed to connect with the Museum's Collections and shed light on the history and social development of Nicosia.
The Classic Motorcycle Museum stands as the remarkable achievement of motorcycle enthusiast Andreas Nicolaou, who dedicated two decades of passion and effort to its creation. Presently, the collection boasts over 150 pieces, showcasing motorcycles spanning the years 1914 to 1983. Among the renowned brands on display are AJS, MV Agusta, Matchless, Norton, BSA, Triumph, Ariel, BMW, James, Moto Guzzi, Royal Enfield, and numerous others.
The Cyprus Handicraft Centre serves as a hub for creating and selling authentic folk art and crafts deeply rooted in tradition. At this unique establishment, visitors have the opportunity to witness skilled artisans in action at their respective workshops, practicing various time-honored crafts like embroidery, lace making, tapestry, weaving, basketry, woodcarving, pottery, metalwork (including copperware and silver), as well as leather and garment making.
The museum's inception dates back to 1933 when it was established as the Criminal Museum under British colonial rule, led by the British Chief of Police under the colonial government. A significant section of the museum is devoted to chronicling the history of the Cyprus Police Force, spanning from the British colonial era to the contemporary times.
Situated within the walled city of Nicosia, the Cyprus Postal Museum occupies the ground floor of a venerable two-story mansion. Established in 1981, its primary purpose is to showcase the extensive and diverse postal history of the island, tracing back to the 15th century when the Venetian period saw the organization of postal communications to and from Cyprus.
The Agia Varvara early industrial workshop presents a captivating museum, seamlessly integrating a traditional residence with a working space. This unique exhibit offers a glimpse into the bygone daily life on the island. At the heart of the workshop lies primitive equipment dating back to the 1920s, including a flour mill, crushed wheat mill, barley mill, and oil mill.
Founded in 1995, the Museum on the History of Cypriot Coinage traces the evolution of coinage on the island, spanning from the earliest coins minted in the 6th century BC to the modern era. The collection boasts more than 500 coins, providing a comprehensive overview of Cyprus' tumultuous history over a period of 2,600 years. Divided into nine distinct time periods, showcased across 23 exhibits, these coins serve as a valuable source of information on the numismatic heritage of Cyprus.