The Kyriazis Medical Museum in Larnaca, Cyprus was established in 2011. It displays medical items, books, and framed documents relating to the practice of Cypriot medicine and the history of medicine in Cyprus, from antiquity to the 20th century. It is sometimes referred to as a Medical Museum—the only one in Cyprus.
A sign on the facade says: "Larnaka Cultural Walk - Kyriazis Medical Museum - A unique in its kind museum in Cyprus which presents the medical, healing and health history of the island." It is located on Karaolis and Dimitriou Street. It is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 AM to 12.30. Entrance is free.
The Museum organises cultural events, lectures for the public and activities with medical interest. It also functions as a 'health hangout' for healthcare professionals and the general public alike.
It was opened by Cyprus Health Minister Stavros Malas in October 2011.
Its founder is Marios Kyriazis, a descendant of four generations of doctors and pharmacists in Larnaca. It is housed in a traditional restored and listed town mansion, donated by Kyriazis. Kyriazis has donated items including items and books inherited from his grandfather Neoclis Kyriazis (1878–1956) and from his great grandfather Antonios Tsepis (1843–1905) both of whom practiced in Larnaca. The collections of the museum begun in 1990 but due to lack of suitable space the items remained stored, although occasionally, these were exhibited within other medical or historical exhibitions.
Documents with old Cypriot poems and curses with medical content, and a number of virtually forgotten sayings and poems with medical slant of Byzantian, Frankish, Venetian or Ottoman origins are exhibited on walls. The sayings and poems were shaped by a history of lack of medical facilities, inadequate treatments and absence of health prevention.
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Kyriazis Medical Museum Reviews
What a curious little museum! And for someone who has no medical knowledge or real interest in medical practices, procedures and equipment, I found it surprisingly interesting. The museum is... more »
Located near St. Lazarus Square. Visited on a wet day and three rooms and hall took approximately 20 minutes to view. Some explanations available in English and a few Cypriot medical jokes. Artifacts.... more »
This is a free museum, it's quite small as it only has 4-5 rooms. I would recommend it as it is quite interesting to see how modern medicine has evolved. You can also have a nice cup of tea or a healthy drink.
The first medical museum in Cyprus and unique of its kind, it displays the history of Cypriot medicine through the ages. Subject matters include medicine and healing, pharmacy, traditional therapies, and many others. Suitable for all ages, with explanations in traditional Cypriot dialect, Greek and English. Open Wednesday and Saturday morning, and other times by arrangement. Free entrance.
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