Who would have thought that this pink-coated, typical Corfiot country home would transform into a museum dedicated to the significant historical figure that grew up within its walls? The classical 18th century building nestled amid the lush greens and cobbled gardens makes for a unique museum experience. Its Ionian features and scenic surroundings build an unexpectedly cozy residence to the esteemed Ioannis A. Kapodistrias – the first Governor of Greece.
Founded in 1981, the idea of Kapodistrias Museum was first conceived when Ioannis’ great grandniece, Maria Kapodistria, bequeathed the estate to three societies. Despite accepting the mission of curating and exhibiting the personal effects and period furniture of the family, the cultural organizations of the Reading Society of Corfu, the Philharmonic Society of Corfu, and the Society of Corfiote Studies did not have sufficient funds to uphold the museum.
While the estate was declared as a listed monument in 1995, followed by renovations and reopening of its galleries, only in 2007 did it receive sufficient funding to run on a day-to-day basis. Corfiot benefactor, Christos Fokas, donated a significant amount annually to enable the development of the museum and subsequent Center for Kapodistrian Studies. Now, Kapodistrias Museum has fostered relationships with other educational organizations, successfully establishing a digital archive concerning the work of Ioannis Kapodistrias.
Visit the site for a comprehensive look at this man’s legacy. By detailing Ioannis’ role in shaping the European balances of early 19th century, the museum is an indirect documentary on Corfu, Europe and modern Greece history. The permanent exhibition presents a chronological walk through Ioannis’ career, where visitors can skim through various personal letters and government documents that refer to his work within the Septinsular Republic. Incorporation of digital media also seeks to enhance your experience, impressing on you the sheer scale of his political accomplishments.