The museums of Syros are a timeline of the island’s fascinating history. The Archaeological Museum of Syros in Ermoupoli is one of the oldest museums in Greece and, together with the Cycladic Art Replicas Exhibition, teleports you back to the Early Cycladic Period. Among the exhibits are artifacts dating from 2200-2700 BC, unearthed in the prehistoric settlements of Kastri and Chalandriani in the Apano Meria region of northern Syros.
In the Ecclesiastical Museum of Ermoupoli, the religious heritage of Syros is revealed through relics from the 18th and 19th centuries. And the Industrial Museum and Textile Museum in Ermoupoli and the Exhibition of Traditional Professions in Ano Syros take you back to the 19th-century commercial heyday of Syros, when the island was an industrial and artistic center not only for the region but for Greece as a whole.
Other museums in Syros focus on the island’s 20th century personalities. Renowned rebetiko (Greek folk music) singer and composer Markos Vamvakaris was born in Ano Syros, where there is museum dedicated to his life and work. Likewise, the Kyveli Institute (established to preserve and research the heritage of 20th-century Greek and European theatre), is based in Syros, as it was here – at the Apollo Theater – that the legendary Greek actress first performed.