Pattihion Municipal Museum – Historical Archive

Housed in the old residence of the District Officer, the Museum doubles as the historical archive of Lemesos (Limassol), as well as showcasing the city’s history and culture from the 18th century onwards through written and oral documents, photographs, videos, newspaper and magazine clippings, furniture, ornaments, artifacts, clothing, and other sources.

With the beginning of works on the Pattichion Municipal Museum, the Historical Archive and Limassol’s Studies Centre, the Limassol Municipality in cooperation with the Press and Information Office are creating a research centre where scientists, researchers, journalists, university students as well as other students and the general public will have access to digitalised archives of remarkable historical value, courtesy of the Press and Information Office.

The Historical Archive has been studying and promoting Limassol’s historical development as a city in many different ways for seven years. It managed to develop an archival consciousness to Limassol’s wider public through symposiums, lectures and educational seminars, so it understood the need to gather archival material under a communal roof (the Historical Archive) and support it in every way possible, offering information and material regarding Limassol’s historical growth and progress throughout the years. 

The Limassol Municipality’s Archive was developed from verbal and written sources, photographs, newspapers and objects which describe the city’s historical development in the best way possible. At the same time, a large number of volunteers, the Archive’s backbone, are being trained in historical research, archiving etc. Up to this moment, members of the Archive have presented reports on Limassol’s history in both Cyprus and abroad. They are also invited and attend schools and other foundations on a regular basis where they present reports on the city’s history but also help teachers and students to conduct reports related to Limassol’s history.

The philosophy behind the creation of the city’s Archive is based on the exploitation of both the material and immaterial cultural heritage as well as the multilevel exploitation of the written, visual and verbal material. The Archive’s motto is: “We preserve our city’s past for its future”. Besides the Limassol Municipality’s rich Archive dating in 1878, alongside the Municipality’s records and other documents, more files and private collections are stored in the Archive, items allocated in thematic sessions (architecture, commerce, economy, arts, education, athleticism, health, hygiene etc.) which will form the basis of the Foundation’s museum aspect. The Foundation’s Photography Archive consists of thousands of photographs, used by writers, magazines and newspapers, as well as in different events and exhibitions organised by the Limassol Municipality. By organising the annual Scientific Symposium of Limassol’s Oral History, created by the Limassol Municipality’s Archive for seven years, we gathered important material which enriches the Foundation’s Studies Centre. The Archive’s printings exploit the scholars’ riches as well as the Archive’s material. The building’s inauguration will kick-start a series of educational programs appealing to Cyprus’ school community and will cover many aspects of Limassol’s history.


Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday 09:00 - 16:00 
Saturday   09:00 - 12:00 

5, Byronos Street, Limassol, tel +357 25763755.

Bus Nr 30 Any bus stop at seafront road. Get off at the municipal gardens. The museum is next to the Municipal Gardens.