The Greek Culture Ministry recently unveiled plans to create a new archaeological museum on the Ionian island of Lefkada.
The new museum is set to house the island’s archaeological treasures dating back from the Middle Paleolithic era to 1864, when Lefkada became part of the Greek state.
Said to span an area of 2,460 square meters, the museum will include a permanent exhibition space, a multi-purpose and periodical exhibition area, a multimedia and interactive application room, as well as spaces for running educational programs and preserving and storing antiquities.
Its recently approved architectural plan also sees spaces designated to host a library-archive, an info desk, museum shop and cafeteria.
Furthermore, the new museum’s courtyard will feature an outdoor exhibition of stone artefacts, currently stored in warehouses on the island.
“This new museum, a years-long local community dream, will become a center of education and entertainment, a place of study and promotion of the history of Lefkada,” said Culture Minister Lina Mendoni.
According to the minister, the construction of new museums and the upgrading of existing ones is part of the ministry’s policy to promote the cultural identity of each destination and utilize the development potential created by their operation.
The current archaeological museum of Lefkada is housed in a wing of the local municipal cultural center with only a small number of artefacts found on the island on display due to limited space.
The new museum, which will be an open and accessible space created in accordance to international best practices and standards, will be created on land granted to the culture ministry by the Greek Finance Ministry.
The land is located near the town of Lefkada and more specifically in close distance to the central bus station (KTEL) and marina.