The Archaeological Museum of Vathy
This museum hosts exhibits collected from the southern part of the island in the main hall with only a few items from the north. The museum was built in 1960 in the distinctive architectural style of that era.
Visitors to the museum are able to view findings from the Mycenaean through to the Roman period in the building which has, in addition to its reception area, three other chambers.
A Simple Guide
The entrance hall is decorated with columns from uncovered tombs. In the first hall the museum displays clay pots that date from the pre-geometric and geometric periods (1000-700 B.C.) and a good number of these have been made in Ithaca. In addition, there is a collection of copper and ivory decorated objects that were used for votive offerings or everyday utensils.
The second hall is home to exhibits of findings from the 7th century B.C., which include clay pots made locally as well as from overseas. There is also a number of decorated clay pots used in ritual services. A notable exhibit is the collection of fragments from a 7th century B.C. utensil which was used to serve wine. On this is the oldest identified inscription which makes reference to friendship and hospitality written in the dactylic hexameter, characteristic of Homer.
The final, third chamber displays exhibits which are from different periods and locations. A small number of these were uncovered during excavations in the north of the island at the turn of the 20th century. One item that stands out is a microscopic copper bust of a bearded man with conical headwear who must be identified as Odysseus along with a sign from the 6th century B.C. with the inscribed names of the goddesses Athena and Hera.
There is also an interesting collection from the temple of the Nymphs, at Marmarospilia, and silver and bronze Ithacan coins on which we can make out the image of Ulysses and the notation ’Ithakon’. A final important exhibit in hall three is a marble roman bust, of the early period, which is presented as it was found in Vathy.