Official opening of Corfu Archaeological Museum with Deputy Minister of Culture
CORFU. Deputy Minister of Culture Kostas Stratis cut the ribbon to officially open the renovated Archaelogical Museum on Sunday afternoon accompanied by the Director of Corfu Antiquities Inspectorate Tenia Rigakou.
Also present at the opening were Regional Governor Theodoros Galiatsatos, Corfu Mayor KostasNikolouzos, Deputy Regional Governor Nikoletta Pandi, the two SYRIZA MPs Fotini Vaki and Kostas Pavlidis, local and regional councillors and many others.
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The museum has been completely renovated with exhibits displayed in a completely new way and is now a true 'jewel'. The space has been divided into historical periods and there are now screens along with hardware. A museum shop will open shortly.
Corfu Archaeological Museum had been closed for renovation for five years before - after many difficulties - reopening at the beginning of November 2018.
The complete renovation was funded by the European Regional Development Fund and was completed in 2017 and a team from the Ministry of Culture came to the Museum to take over the work.
The reopening was delayed by the lack of personnel which affected all the archaeological and historical sites in Corfu (a reminder that the New Fortress remained closed last summer!). The closed Archaeological Museum was a matter of great concern for the local community and tourism professionals and the matter reached the Greek Parliament. The non-operation of this tourist attraction led to a loss of potential income. The official opening had also become a source of contention recently between the two major political parties - SYRIZA and ND - in this election period.