Museums and Galleries Tour of Rhodes, Rhodes (Self Guided)

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 of Rhodes Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries Tour of Rhodes
Guide Location: Greece » Rhodes (See other walking tours in Rhodes)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Author: rose
Municipal Art Gallery of Rhodes (Museum of Modern Greek Art)

1) Municipal Art Gallery of Rhodes (Museum of Modern Greek Art) (must see)

The Municipal Art Gallery of Rhodes, which is also known as the Museum of Modern Greek Art, houses one of the most significant collections of Modern Greek art. The collection features the work of some of Greece’s best known artists from the 20th century including works by Maleas, Bouzianis, Kontoglou, Theofilos, Vasiliou, Hadzikyriakos and Gikas. There are more than 690 pieces in the permanent collection of the museum, which are rotated on public display. Most of the pieces from the museum’s collection date from 1863 to the 1940s. The installations are divided into four distinct periods – 1863-1881, 1882-1897, 1898-1909, 1923-1940s.

The Municipal Art Gallery of Rhodes was founded in 1948 by Andreas Ioannou, an historian dedicated to Modern Greek art, who was, at the time, the Prefect of Dodecanese. At the time, Modern Greek art was largely ignored by scholars and art experts and Ioannou wished to preserve and expand awareness of this kind of art. The art gallery also hosts regular temporary exhibitions of pieces by Greek artists. The gallery is located in Symi Square in the Old City of Rhodes and is a must for any visitor to the island.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 8 am - 2 pm; Friday: 6 pm - 9 pm
Folklore Museum (Museum of Modern Greek Art)

2) Folklore Museum (Museum of Modern Greek Art)

Editor's note: The Museum is temporarily closed.

The Folklore Museum, which is administered by the Museum of Modern Greek Art, offers a glimpse into the extensive history of the island of Rhodes. The building that houses the collection has an indelible link to the island’s past as it once served as the arsenal of the Knights Hospitaller, who were the medieval custodians of Rhodes until they were ousted by the conquering Ottoman Turks. Inside the building there is a treasure trove of artifacts of Rhodes’ past. One of the museum’s installations features colorful Rhodian ceramics and hand carved vessels that date from the 17th century. There are also many tapestries and needlework from the same period.

The Folklore Museum also features a reconstruction of a medieval home, which provides insight into what everyday life was like on the island hundreds of years ago. The range of traditional clothing and costumes on show is another intriguing aspect of the museum. Many of these costumes come from the island of Symi and make use of rich embroidery that was handed down from mother to daughter. The range of artifacts from Dodecanese past on display at the Folklore Museum appeal to children and adults alike and make it a must see on any Rhodes itinerary.
Byzantine Museum

3) 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 8am and 3pm Tuesday to Sunday during the colder months and until 7pm in the warmer months. 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

4) 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 - 2:40 pm
Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes

5) 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.
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Center of Modern Art

6) 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.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 8 am - 2 pm
Jewish Museum of Rhodes

7) 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
ANAKATA Art Gallery & Cafe

8) ANAKATA Art Gallery & Cafe

The Anakata Art Gallery is located in a half-century-old house in the heart of the medieval area of Rhodes. The house is beautifully decorated with flowers. The gallery displays artwork painted on canvas, wood and ceramics. There is also handmade jewelry made of natural stones on display.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am – 11 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.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Medieval Town Landmarks Tour of Rhodes

Medieval Town Landmarks Tour of Rhodes

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
Tour of The Acropolis of Rhodes

Tour of The Acropolis of Rhodes

The Acropolis is located on Monte Smith in the city of Rhodes. Structures at this site date back to the Hellenistic period (3rd to 2nd century BC). The partially renovated structures at the Acropolis include the Temple of Pythian Apollo, the Stadium, the Odeion and the Nymphaia. The excavations and restoration work began during the Italian governance of the island (1912-1945) and continue today....  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Old Town Shopping Tour of Rhodes

Old Town Shopping Tour of Rhodes

Old Town Rhodes offers great opportunities for shopping. There are many stores lining the streets where you can find anything you can imagine, including classic and contemporary gold jewelry, ceramics, carpets, antiques and more. Sokratous Street is the best street in the area for shopping. Take this tour to discover the best shopping destinations in Rhodes.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km
Gates and Walls Tour of Rhodes

Gates and Walls Tour of Rhodes

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: 1.5 km
Mandraki Harbor Tour of Rhodes

Mandraki Harbor Tour of Rhodes

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

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Rhodes for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Rhodes has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Rhodes, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.