The Thalassa museum is a major Cyprus attraction located in Agia Napa.The museum is dedicated to the marine heritage of Cyprus and displays marine artefacts from prehistoric times to the present and also hosts cultural events but its main goal is to promote interest in Cyprus’ rich marine history. The main exhibit of the Thalassa museum is the ancient wreck of the “Kyrenia II” which was discovered in 1963. A replica was built in 1982 using traditional methods and after sailing the world it is now to be seen here.
Another main attraction is the replica of an ancient Mesolithic raft ( 9200 B.C. ) which would have been used to transport obsidians to the Greek Islands from the mainland. The museum also houses statues, idols and vases that stretch back into the long history of Cyprus.The museum is also used as a venue for concerts, events, art exhibitions and educational programmes.
Thalassa museum has been designed to be as interactive as possible. Laid out over six levels, the first level gives the visitor an audio visual introduction to the history of Cyprus. The other levels display Cypriot antiquities, including a vase from the Bronze Age. The fifth level has fossils of fishes, shells and corals from the Cretaceous period ( 130 to 65 million years ago ). It also exhibits the marine fauna of the Mediterranean which is helping to record the natural history of this beautiful Island.
The museum is open in the summer from 9.00 hours to 13.00 hours and then again from 18.00 hours to 22.00 hours Tuesday to Sunday. On Saturday it is open 9.00 hours to 13.00 hours. During winter the museum is closed on Sunday.Tuesday to Saturday it is open 9.00 hours to 17.00 hours and on Monday 9.00 hours to 13.00 hours.