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The Thalassa Museum

Situated next to the tourist office, the Thalassa Museum (“Sea Museum”) opened in 2006, emphasizes Agia Napa’s determination to be known for more than drunken revels. The undoubted star of the show is the Kyrenia II, an exact replica of a fourth-century BC Greek merchant ship discovered off the coast of Kyrenia in the mid 1980s (the original is on show in Girne castle). There’s also a reconstruction of a papyrus vessel from much earlier times (9200 BC), though this is based on far less evidence than the Kyrenia II. Downstairs in the semi-basement is the Tornaritis-Pierides Marine Life Museum, a collection of stuffed birds, fish, mammals and sea turtles together with shells, corals, sponges and lobsters.