KOS - MUSEUMS
The cultural center Ancient House Hippocrates Garden is located in Mastichari. It is an exact replica of an Ancient Greek Settlement in the 5th century BC. It specializes in the revival of the ancient Greek way of life at the time when the great Greek doctor lived. It consists of an Oikos, an ancient Greek house an exact replica of a house of this period, a Philosopher`s Arcade and a Stone Built Theater: Dancing Satyrs Theater. All areas are open to visitors, so that guests can participate in our cultural center`s happenings. Besides attending the seminars, visitors can stroll in the gardens where herbs, wild cedar trees, vineyards, fruit bearing trees coexist in harmony. One can occupy oneself in botany, grape – growing and biological agriculture issues or can simply take a rest in the almost virgin surroundings. The land around the Center is a wildlife refuge. The center is dedicated to the brilliance of the ancient Greek philosophers. Our aim is to discover, through their teaching, modern ways into the meaning of life and the realization of the necessity of preserving nature. Seminars on a daily basis are dedicated to this cause. Greek nights also take place where visitors can enjoy traditional Greek music, dancing, food, and wine.
The two storey building on Eleftherias Square that houses the Archaeological museum of Kos is a protected monument of the Italian occupation era (1912 - 1943), built in 1935. It is considered a sample of the international style bequeathed by the Italian occupation to the architectural history of Kos, although some view this as a sample of Italian fascist monument architecture. The museum boasts a rich collection of artifacts from antiquity, up until the late Roman era. The most important sculptures and mosaics are on display in the ground floor and in the atrium of the museum. The western hall exhibits statues of the Hellenistic era, most of which were found stored in the arcades of the Odeon. The northern hall hosts the imposing statue of Hippocrates (4th century BC), a late Roman era wall mounted relief portraying a symposium, as well as funerary sculptures of the late archaic and classical eras. Statues of Demetra, Kore and Athena dated from the mid 4th to the mid 3rd centuries BC can be found in the Northern hall of the museum. The Eastern hall exhibits statues of the Roman era, including a sitting Hermes and a statue of Demetra. Finally, one more mosaic of the Hellenistic era from the excavation of the now restored Casa Romana, portraying the bottom of the sea adorns the northern wall of the peristyle.
The folk museum in Antimachia is located in the village square close to the traditional mill. The museum, also known as the `Stone House of Antimachia` is housed in an old stone building, a typical specimen of twentieth century rural architecture in Kos. Its exhibits include various tools, traditional furniture and old appliances. It contains a room with looms and a room for making and baking bread. Outside the house there is a hencoop and a pig pen.