Kyriazis Medical Museum – Larnaca, Cyprus - Atlas Obscura

Kyriazis Medical Museum

Ancient stone dildos and other odd pieces of medical history are displayed at this quirky Cyprus gem. 


In the center of Larnaca, somewhat hidden off a side street, lies the Kyriazis Medical Museum. Though small and unassuming, it offers a fascinating glimpse into what doctors, nurses, and patients had to work with in the days before modern medicine, from antiquity up to the 20th century.

The museum displays a unique collection of treasures including old equipment, curious contraptions, and odd pieces of medical history.

Some highlights include stone dildos (“phallic items”) from ancient Kition; illustrated documents containing medial poems and curses; an OBGYN bench reportedly used by over half of Larnaca’s original population; and a replica of the Hippocratic Ladder, a wooden ladder used to treat dislocations of the hip or of the neck.

The museum was founded in 2011 by Marios Kyriazis, a private collector who inherited many of these artifacts from his grandfather and great-grandfather. Aside from the museum’s permanent exhibition, it also hosts cultural events, public lectures, and all sorts of activities revolving around medical interests. 

The museum also has a lovely outdoor garden where healing herbs such as lavender, basil, sage and melissa are planted and health drinks are served.

Know Before You Go

It is located at the intersection of Karaolis and Dimitriou Street. It is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 AM to 12.30. Entrance is free.

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