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Athens has several world-class museums, including the National Museum and the new Acropolis Museum, where much of the country’s treasures are on display.

The Archaeological Museum in Argostoli, Kefalonia, is far more modest but contains some interesting finds, including Mycenaean finds from tholos tomb at Tzanata, Poros and the cemetary at Lakithra. Open from 09:00-15:00, Sunday- Friday. Due to earthquake damage the museum may be closed summer 2104.
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The nearby Koryialenios Library, behind the Kefalos Theatre, is reputed to be the third ‘richest’ in Greece, the basement contains the Historical & Folklore Museum which captures the essence of island life before the devastating earthquake. Especially impressive is the reconstructed and richly decorated chapel. Open from 09:00-14:00, Monday-Saturday. Due to public spending cuts the library and museum may not be open.

Kefalonia also hosts some small but interesting specialist museums: near the archaeological museum in Argostoli is the Kosmetatos Museum with old coins and manuscripts in a neo-classical 'mansion'; the Divisione Acqui Museum, next to the Catholic church on Lithostrotou, commemorates the Italian soldiers massacred on Kefalonia during the last war; the Monastery of Agios Andreas, near Peratata, hosts the Ecclesiastical Byzantine Museum; the Natural History Museum at Davgata contains some interesting natural finds from the island; over on Paliki there’s the Museum of Lixouri and Iakovateios Library, also the Petritseios National Library, Damodos ; one of the traditional old mansions in Fiskardo accommodates a maritime museum while there’s also a maritime museum in Farsa; 
at Karavomylos, near Sami, is the Ionian Intercultural Centre while in Makriotika, between Agia Efimia and Myrtos, is an old olive press in a renovated building, the Olive Story Museum, open 11:00 – 13:00 and maybe evenings 19:00 – 21:00.



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