Wonderful news for all planning to visit Cyprus and Limassol!
The Cabinet has approved the ‘Museums for All’ proposal submitted by the Ministry of Transportation, Communication and Works and decided to grant free of charge access to all twelve museums under the jurisdiction of the Antiquities Department, namely:
- Cyprus Museum, Nicosia;
- Ethnological Museum, House of Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios, Nicosia;
- Museum of Traditional Embroidery and Silversmith-work, Lefkara;
- Ethnological Museum of Fikardou;
- Archaeological Museum of Larnaca District;
- Archaeological Museum of Limassol District;
- Archaeological Museum of Paphos District;
- Local Archaeological Museum of Kourion, Episkopi;
- Local Archaeological Museum of Marion-Arsinois, Polis Chrysochous;
- Local Archaeological Museum of Ancient Idalion;
- Geroskipou Folk Art Museum;
- Cyprus Railway Museum, Evrychou;
The new policy is expected to boost the number of visitors to the museums and revitalise the interest of the public in the exhibits.
The ‘Museums for All’ proposal involved other long-awaited changes too, including adjustments to visiting hours (e. g., museums will be open at weekends too), and the use of the museums and several sites of historical interest for civil weddings. This has been a constant request by various tourism boards, as they believe that it will offer a great advantage, upgrading the position of Cyprus as a quality wedding destination.
This new policy has spread joy among the locals and the unions of companies for the Development and Promotion of Tourism, which have been persistently asking for these changes for more than a decade. Aiming at increasing visitors to the museums and the archaeological sites across the country, promoting the uniquely rich history and culture of the island, as well as improving the overall experience for both locals and foreign visitors, they have warmly welcomed the new measures and hope that they will soon be extended to other important historical sites and monuments.
It should be stressed that international organisations, such as UNESCO, had also expressed their endorsement of this new policy. According to recent data from other European countries that have implemented a similar policy, free admission has led to an increase in visitors of more than 50%.
Other provisions of the ‘Museum for All’ scheme include the development of interactive applications at museums, monuments and archaeological sites that will allow the visitor to perceive and experience Cyprus’ rich history and culture through modern technology.
So, if you’re considering a visit to the most beautiful island in the Mediterranean, now you have even more reasons to do it!
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