In Chios there are museums that the visitor can admire attractions that testify the history of the island. The most admirable museums of Chios are:
- The Mastic Museum
- The Archaeological Museum
- The Maritime Museum
- The Folklore Museum of Kallimasia
- The Byzantine Museum
Chios Mastic Museum intends to highlight the productive history of the cultivation and processing of mastic, which is part of the cultural landscape of Chios. In the first section we discover the traditional know-how of mastic cultivation. In the second section we observe how the management of mastic has historically shaped the rural and inhabited landscape of southern Chios and Mastic villages. In the third section we are informed about the cooperative exploitation and processing of mastic in modern times, which marks an important chapter in the productive history of Chios. Particular reference is made to the uses with which mastic today travels around the world. The museum experience is completed in the open-air exhibition, in which the public comes in contact with the plant and the natural environment in which it thrives.
The Citrus Museum is home to a unique mansion of 1742, in the famous Plain of Chios, with beautiful mansions with high stone walls, so that they can not be seen from the street, and the smell of lemons and citrus fruits. The "Citrus -memory aroma "was created with the intention of promoting the history of the citrus fruits of the Plain. The lower part of the mansion is a dynamic exhibition space, where one can be informed specifically about:
- the cultivation of citrus in the seasons, the tools and methods of production and cultivation.
- the people who were the central factor, the merchants who traveled to the markets of the world, the cultivators, the caretakers and of course the noble families of Kampos with their coats of arms.
- the commercial process from the beginning of the 15th century, the unique packaging of the goods that made the citrus fruits of Chios a kind of luxury in the European markets until the end of the 20th century.
- the extensive area of Kampos, with the unique mansions and the walls that surround them, the orchards, the manganese and the other elements of the area that have given it an architectural peculiarity unique in Europe.
Next to the museum and in a beautiful courtyard, there is a small cafe and a shop where one can try and buy Chian flavors prepared exclusively by Citrus, such as pastries, jams, Turkish delights, liqueurs, citrus pasta, almonds and whatever else comes to your mind.
The permanent re-exhibition, which occupies areas with an area of 1,200 sq.m., is entitled "Chios, the other city of Oinopion". The building program was adapted to the requirements of the exhibition and to the new museological concepts, both for the presentation of the cultural goods and for the service of the visitors, without affecting in any way the architecture of the building. The exhibition includes representative samples of art and daily life on the island from the Late Neolithic period to the late Roman occupation. The exhibition spaces, which are housed on three floors, are five rooms for the permanent exhibition and one for the periodical. The first floor, which includes three rooms, houses: a) exhibits of prehistoric Chios from the Late Neolithic Age to the Mycenaean period, b) specimens of choroplasty and sculptures (statues, portraits, reliefs) from the 8th c. eg up to the Roman period and c) tombstones and inscriptions. The second floor, which includes two rooms, houses samples of pottery and metalwork from the Archaic to Roman periods and the most important examples of architecture. Finally, in the courtyard of the Museum, a "Macedonian type" tomb was restored and architectural members were placed that were found sporadically throughout the island of Chios.
Maritime Museum of Chios was founded to represent the maritime history and tradition of Chios, as well as the role it plays in the modern shipping world. The exhibition demonstrates the important role that Chios played in the development of shipping during the 20th century, especially in " golden age "of post-war Greek merchant shipping. In addition to the main purpose of the Museum to present the maritime history and heritage of Chios, it also promotes this tradition with lectures and conferences, as well as educational programs to promote the history and traditions of Greek The Maritime Museum of Chios represents the rich naval and commercial tradition of the island, which travels around the world and we are always pleased to welcome you to travel with us.
Folklore Museum of Kallimasia
Folklore Museum of Kallimasia started its operation in 1995. It is the largest in Greece in an exhibition of objects as it has more than 6000 exhibits. The museum space (550 sqm) represents a small traditional village. Contains items and tools from 40 professions more than which have gone down in history, such as shoe, tailor, basket, quilt, blacksmith, glaze, sieve, miller, potter, glaze, wax maker, samara, tinsmith, carpenter, farmer, farmer , beekeeper, butcher, barber, civil engineer and karaoke player. Finally it contains a traditional Chian house with its kitchen, its dining room, its bedroom, its toilet and its storage. The exhibits of the museum, some of which are unique, are very important elements for the folklore of Chios as they present the professional craftsmen who worked and moved in the villages of Chios. The exhibits have been donated mainly by residents from all over Chios, but also from various parts of Greece.
Byzantine Museum of Chios is housed in the Ottoman Mosque of Metzite, which was built with the sponsorship of Sultan Abdul Metzit in the middle of the 19th century in the town square of Chios. It consists of the wooden-roofed porch, the main hall covered with a dome and a spacious basement. In its paved courtyard there are, in symmetrical positions, two identical small stone buildings. One is a fountain lined with marble slabs and the second currently functions as a place for the projection of audiovisual material. The report consists of four thematic sections. Each section is commented with texts and supervisory material of general or special content. All exhibits have a bilingual caption. The visitor has the opportunity to move in the exhibition space either following the set course or freely.