Museums and Galleries Tour (Self Guided), Rhodes

There are many interesting museums located in Rhodes. The Archaeological Museum, the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights and the Museum of Modern Greek Arts are the most famous and are a must visit while in Rhodes. Also be sure to take note of the impressive historical buildings that house the city's museums. Take this tour to spend a few hours discovering the museums and galleries of Rhodes.
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Museums and Galleries Tour Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries Tour
Guide Location: Greece » Rhodes (See other walking tours in Rhodes)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Author: rose
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Byzantine Museum
  • Archaeological Museum of Rhodes
  • Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes
  • Center of Modern Art
  • Jewish Museum of Rhodes
Byzantine Museum

1) Byzantine Museum

The Byzantine Museum is housed in the old Cathedral of the Knights, which was originally a Byzantine shrine known as Panayia Kastrou. The museum is located at the beginning of the Knights Street, which is considered one of the most important parts of Rhodes’ Old City. The church was constructed in the 11th century and features a cross shaped base and dome. When you enter the museum, you will find a wide range of Byzantine era tapestries, frescoes and artifacts that were rescued from other churches destroyed at some point during the Knights conquest or by the conquering Ottoman Empire. Some of the paintings and murals on display have come from the Church of the Archangel Michael at Tharri and Ayios Zacharias at Chalki.

In addition to the opulent textiles that you find adorning the walls of the museum, there are fascinating ceramics, documents, coins, sculptures, crosses and jewelry inlaid with precious gems on display. The museum is open between 9am and 5pm Tuesday to Sunday. Exploring the Byzantine Museum is an excellent way to learn more about this fascinating era and its artworks not only on Rhodes, but within the region in general.
Archaeological Museum of Rhodes

2) Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (must see)

The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes is located within the Old City in one of the buildings formerly occupied by the Knights Hospitaller. The building dates from 1440, when it was constructed by the Grand Master D’Aubusson. Rhodes has a long and fascinating history that stretches all the way back to classical times when the Colossus of Rhodes greeted visitors to the city. Here at the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes you will find many of the ancient artifacts that have been uncovered during excavations on the island.

One of the best known items from the museum’s collection is an amphora of Fikellura style dating from the 6th century B.C and featuring depictions of animals below the handles. An attic amphora shows the departure of a warrior, which reflects the constant conflicts of the period around the 6th century B.C. A grave stele of Krito and Timarista that has been dated to between 420 and 410 B.C shows two female figures wearing traditional clothing and embracing. A stone head of the god Helios, provides interesting information about Rhodes’ Hellenistic period. There are several rooms in the museum that are dedicated to specific sites on the island and feature fine statues and mosaics.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 8 am - 8 pm.
Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes

3) Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes (must see)

The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes is a palace that was built in the 14th century by the Knights of Rhodes, who occupied Rhodes from 1309 to 1522. After the island was captured by the Ottoman Empire, the palace was used as a fortress. The original palace was largely destroyed by an ammunition explosion in 1856. When the Kingdom of Italy occupied Rhodes in 1912, the Italians rebuilt the palace in a grandiose pseudo-medieval style as a holiday residence for Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and later for Benito Mussolini, whose name can still be seen on a large plaque near the entrance. On February 10, 1947, the Treaty of Peace with Italy, one of the Paris Peace Treaties, determined that the recently-established Italian Republic would transfer the Dodecanese to the Kingdom of Greece. In 1948, Rhodes and the rest of the Dodecanese were transferred as previously agreed. The Greeks converted the palace to a museum.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Center of Modern Art

4) Center of Modern Art

The Center of Modern Art is located on Socratous Street and is a part of Museum of Modern Greek Art. The center's mission is to organize art exhibitions, mostly of work by young artists from all over Greece. It showcases a variety of pieces, including paintings, sculptures, digital art, photography and more.
Jewish Museum of Rhodes

5) Jewish Museum of Rhodes (must see)

The Jewish Museum is adjacent to the Kahal Shalom Synagogue in Rhodes. It was opened by Aron Hasson in 1997. It displays various items such as costumes and family photos that help paint a picture of Jewish history and culture in Rhodes. The museum's archives contain such unique artifacts as a silver “Kucharera,” a “talit” bag, a 1925 medal of honor and more.

Operation hours: April 15 - November 15: Sunday - Friday: 10 am - 3 pm

Walking Tours in Rhodes, Greece

Create Your Own Walk in Rhodes

Create Your Own Walk in Rhodes

Creating your own self-guided walk in Rhodes is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Medieval Town Landmarks Tour

Medieval Town Landmarks Tour

The medieval town of Rhodes is a world cultural heritage site. It is like an open air museum, as every street, square or building evokes a story about the city's ancient times. It is one of the best-preserved medieval walled cities in Europe and has 6,000 inhabitants. Take this tour of Old Town and visit the area's most notable landmarks.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Gates and Walls Tour

Gates and Walls Tour

The medieval walled city of Rhodes has been on UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites since 1988. Encircled by huge medieval walls, when you enter the city, you find yourself in a completely different world. Access to the city is provided by eleven gates, although not all of them are open to the public. Take this tour to explore the historical gates, towers, and walls of Rhodes, one of the...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Historical Religious Buildings

Historical Religious Buildings

Rhodes has a great variety of religious buildings, many of which date back centuries. Mosques, Catholic churches, synagogues-- these places of worship have beautiful architecture and historic significance, in addition of offering religious services. Because of the close proximity to Turkey (18km), Rhodes is home to many mosques; fourteen of them are located in the old part of the city. Take this...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Rhodes Introduction Walking Tour

Rhodes Introduction Walking Tour

The city of Rhodes, capital of the eponymous island of Rhodes, the biggest island of the Dodecanese archipelago, went down in history a long time ago as the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, the Colossus of Rhodes. To find the place where the famous Colossus once stood, as well as to discover other notable sights of ancient Rhodes, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
New Town Tour

New Town Tour

New Town Rhodes dates back to the sixteenth century and is quite different from the medieval section of the city. Upper New Town boasts some great attractions, including some fine examples of the “Neo-Imperial” architectural style, such as the Prefecture of Rhodes building (Nomarhia). Follow this tour to discover the best Upper New Town has to offer!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Mandraki Harbor Tour

Mandraki Harbor Tour

Mandraki is one of the three harbors in Rhodes. It is famous, because it is believed that the great statue of Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, once stood at the harbor entrance. Today the deer sculptures at the entrance, the St. Nicholas Fortress and a number of medieval windmills create a charming view of the harbor. Many boat trips to other nearby islands leave from here....  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles