The Archaeological Museum
In the two rooms of the Museum, finds from archaeological sites on the island are exhibited and date from the Proto-Hellenic period (2800-1900 BC) to the Roman years (1st century AD).
Addition 1. Pottery of the Proto-Hellenic period (2800-1900 BC) from the city of Skyros, Palamari, etc. The relief Cycladic cap from Papalagoudis and the Trojan “depas” from Palamari are important. Cycladic color cases and obsidian tools are also on display.
Addition 2. Ceramics of the Mycenaean period (1600-1100 BC) from various places on the island: asci, false-mouthed amphorae, alabaster, skyphos, etc. The two vases are extremely interesting, one with a representation of a ship and the other of fish.
Addition 3. Protogeometric ceramics (11th – 9th centuries BC) from the coastal cemeteries at Magazia. Scyphos, decanters, single tall glasses, fine wine decanters, trefoil-shaped miniature vases, but also jewelry such as gold leaf and hairpins, and faience necklaces are characteristic of the wealth of the period.
Additions 4-5. Finds of the proto-geometric and geometric period (900-800 BC) Interesting are the krater with the theme of the wheel (pro. 4), the bronze bracelets (pro. 4), the local coarse vessels (pro. 5), the proto-geometric plate no. 353 (prev. 5)
Addendum 6. Includes protogeometric and geometric pottery from Magazia and Themi. Outstanding exhibits are the ring-shaped vessel with the birds and the Attic-Cycladic type compass on the lower shelf. (no. 184)
Addition 7. Characteristic vessels of this addition are the flask of Cypriot origin, the Attic geometric compass with hologlyphs of a hippopotamus on the lid, and the animal-shaped ryto (ritual vessel) in the shape of a horse.
Addition 8. Mainly proto-geometric pottery from the site of St Anna and the Magazias: a flask, a gold flask, earrings, two neurotic dolls, bronze bracelets, and a series of fine vessels: spouts, cups, hydria, etc.
Addition 9. Finds of the Geometric and Archaic period from more recent excavations: Corinthian aryballos of Euboean origin, geometrical pediments with representations of horses, magnificent skyphos with rich ornamentation, a band of electrum (a mixture of gold and silver) buckles and necklaces as well as imported faience vases.
Addition 10. Includes vases and other objects from the Classical to the Roman period (5th-1st century BC) Classical period female figurine, Hellenistic head and child figurine, Hellenistic period pottery, plastic animal vase, headless Cybele figurine. Of interest are the sculptures: daughter of the Archaic period (no. 475), burial stele no. 482 (480 BC) resculpted in Roman times on the reverse, a fragment of a daughter’s head (no. 491) and a statue perhaps of Apollo (no. 473). Architectural members and sculptures from various periods as well as sarcophagi from the Proto-Geometric and Geometric periods are exhibited in the courtyard.
Next to room two, there is the folklore section of the museum, where the interested party can see the traditional Skyrian house with all its accessories (permanent and movable furniture, ceramics, embroidery, etc.). The exhibits in the Skyrian house come from a donation of Litsa Kostiri, sister of the Skyrian archaeologist Ioannis Papadimitriou.
Faltaits Historical – Folklore Museum
Among the cultural institutions of Skyros, a special place, as friends and visitors of Skyros will admit, is occupied by the Museum of Manos Faltaits. It is one of the oldest, most beautiful, and richest historical-folklore museums in Greece with an international reputation for decades. In it, the entire culture and history of Skyros are represented, in the best way, and it is the Center of cultural activity of the island. It was the pre-eminent Museum-Pilot on which the way of organization and operation of many historical-folklore museums of Greece was based. All this, of course, is due to the special personality of Manos and Anastasia Faltaits.