The Pirate Museum of Alonissos
This was certainly an unusual museum. Just to the south of the harbor, just a bit up a hill, in an impressive white building, is a four story museum. The ground floor will house some archeology, but for now all it has is the reception area.
The basement is one small rectangular room with dioramas of village life. Some have no labels, some are tagged with short Greek paragraphs, and even shorter English. You’ve seen bad museum English? This beats it. I finally asked when I read about the sandals made from the skin of monks. (turned out, monk seals). In the center of the basement are some modernish sculptures. I think I liked the olive press the best.
The first floor above reception has a little art gallery (so-so watercolors of the island, a temporary exhibit), a history room, which is little more than a glass case full of artifacts for each of the last few wars, and the pirate room. This is like an antique shop, with cases and cases of “stuff.” I wished there was some context, but I had fun imagining it.
Finally, free coffee or softdrinks on the roof, with a view of the harbor. Strange, but well-worth the 3 Euros ($4)