Corfu Museum of Asian Art

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Key Info

Palea Anaktora

Price & Hours

6 euros (about $7.50)
Tues-Sun 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Details

Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.7scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 2.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The Corfu Museum of Asian Art is a favorite among visitors and locals alike. Founded in 1928, the museum is the only in Greece to be solely dedicated to Asian art. The collection includes about 15,000 pieces of art from throughout the continent. You'll find Chinese pottery, Japanese anitquities, Buddhist sculptures, Central Asian textiles and more. Recent visitors said the museum offers an impressive collection that you wouldn't expect to find on the European island. 

The museum resides in the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, a British structure built in the early 1800s. Throughout its history, the structure has been home to the British High Commissioner, the Ionian Senate and the Ionian Parliament. The museum is located in the Old Town, northwest of the Old Fortress. The Museum of Asian Art is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with some exhibits closing at 1:30 p.m. Admission costs 6 euros (around $7.50). If you're visiting between Nov. 1 and March 31, you can enjoy a discount admission of 3 euros (about $3.75). The museum also offers free admission during special Greek holidays; check the website for more details. If you don't have your own set of wheels, you can reach the museum via the No. 2 blue city bus.

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With more than 130 miles of coastline, Corfu offers a bounty of beaches for travelers to choose from. These shores range from sandy to pebbly and quiet to rowdy. All beaches offer the gorgeous backdrop of aquamarine waters and stunning cliffs and rock formations.

The most popular village for beachgoers is Paleokastritsa. Located on the western side of the island about 20 miles from Corfu Town, the village is home to six individual beaches that offer a variety of amenities, such as restaurants and water sports rentals. Some beaches include umbrella and sun bed rentals as well as marinas for docking boats.

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