The Archaeological Museum Kissamos is located in the former Venetian-Turkish Government Buildings; this imposing two-story stone building is beautifully restored and decorates the traditional heart of the city, located on the site of ancient Kissamos.
The Archaeological Museum Kissamos is located in the Venetian residential area, outside the wall of the Venetian castle “Castel Chissamos”, from which the previous name of the town, Kastelli, derives.
During the Turkish occupation of the island, the castle was enlarged and the building was enclosed inside the fortification walls. Over time, the monument was remodeled many times, the last time being its recent transformation into this museum in 2000! The exhibits present the history of the Kissamos district, from the prehistoric period through late antiquity.
This very well maintained Archaeological Museum Kissamos houses three exhibition rooms on the ground floor and another 4 on the 1st floor. The upper floor is devoted exclusively to the finds from excavations of the city of Kissamos.T he largest room of the museum shows life in the urban villas of the Greco-Roman Kissamos. Here are two fantastic mosaic floors on display (partially Opus sectile).
Noteworthy are also the sundial, some man-sized Roman marble statues found in Polyrinia or the large numismatic collection.