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Vasilis and Eliza Goulandris Museum of Contemporary art

 Its goal is to promote Greek and international contemporary art. It was inaugurated in 1979 with the prospect of housing the work of the sculptor Michalis Tombros, while in 1986 a new wing comprising 1,000 square meters opened, where for most of the year the work of distinguished Greek and foreign artists is exhibited.
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Archaeological Collection of Palaiopoli

The collection includes sculptures, statues, coins and inscriptions found during excavations in Palaiopoli that was the ancient capital of the island.   Tel.: +30 22820 41985 http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/1/gh151.jsp?obj_id=3490    
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Cyclades Olive Museum

You can see and learn many things about the production of olive oil in the traditional rural communities of the island at the Chelmis olive oil mill, which is housed on the ground floor of a 150-year old stone building.   Visits by appointment. Tel.: +30 6932731776, www.musioelias.gr      
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Kairis Library.

The library is a true repository of knowledge. It is housed in a neoclassical building donated by the Kambanis family. Among other things, it contains 60,000 volumes of printed matter, 3,000 of which belonged to the private collection and works of Theofilos Kairis, and an extensive archive of rare documents. Exhibitions are held at an annex of the library, while a modern bookbinding and preservation workshop is also in operation. Theofilos Kairis, a well-educated theologian and philosopher, was a significant figure and an ambassador of the Modern Greek Enlightenment (1784-1853). Tel.: +30 22820 22262    
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It is housed in the old Matzavelakis ice factory at the entrance to Chora.
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Kydonieos Foundation

This cultural centre was founded in 1994 by Petros and Marika Kidonieos. Events and exhibitions focusing on the visual arts, music, theater, dance and literature are held here. The “Ploes” is a significant event of the Foundation, during which exhibitions of famous painters’ works are held.   Tel.: +30 22820 24598 
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Maritime Museum

Shipping flourished on Andros especially during the 19th century. The most important families of sailors and shipping magnates of Andros were the Embirikos, Polemis, Palaiokrassas, Goulandris, Kambanis and Vogiatzidis families. These families played an important role on the island, as their shipping companies had the monopoly on the sea transport of people and goods to India, America, the Danube countries and other places. The people of Andros became sailors mainly during the interwar period and the capital of the island was the second largest port in Greece in terms of registered vessels. After Chora’s bombing during World War II, this golden age came to an end. The Maritime Museum of Chora is an ark of knowledge about the island's nautical history. It was founded in 1972 through a donation by the family of Nikolaos I. Goulandris. It houses many kinds of exhibits, such as uniforms, navigation instruments, ship’s manifests and logbooks, handwritten maritime training manuals, portraits and ship models.   Tel.: +30 22820 22275 (open only during the summer).
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In operation since 1981, it was designed by the architect Stamos Papadakis and sponsored by the Vasilis and Eliza Goulandris Foundation.
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