The Archaeological Museum of Sitia is located at the beginning of the road leading from Sitia to Ierapetra, passing Piskokefalo. The Museum is designed around a small patio and the exhibition was inaugurated in 1984 by Melina Merkouri.
It includes exhibits from all areas of Sitia covering a period of 4000 years, from 3500 BC to 500 AD. The Exhibition has not taken its final form, but the configuration of the modules is formatted as it is divided into five sections, of which the entrance to the main four is determined by dividing tables with dates, explanatory texts, photos, design material and a relief map indicative marked with the most important archaeological sites of each period. Note that the information signs on showcases are written in five languages.
After the vestibule, before reaching the atrium, the famous gold-and-ivory “Palaikastro Kouros” statuette from the Minoan town excavations draws immediate attention. It is 54 cm tall and complex made by different materials, such as hippopotamus ivory, serpentine, rock crystal, wood and gold foils. It is considered to be a masterpiece of the Minoan art.
The wall displace case (5) contains some findings from the Minoan town of Palekastro and the most recent excavations of the British School of Archaeology at the beginning of the century. The most important exhibits are the stone horns of consecration and the stone rhyta, and the multiple vessel with five cups (kernos), certainly for religious purposes, the bull’s head rhyton.