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Today, the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George houses the Corfu Museum of Asian Art, the only one of its kind in Greece, solely dedicated to the art and antiquities of the Far East and India.

It was founded in 1928 as the Museum of Sino-Japanese Art, following the donation of Gregorios  Manos’ Sino-Japanese collection to the Greek state. Since that time, the Museum has been a pole of attraction for many other donations, resulting in its collection currently comprising approximately 15.000 works of Asian art form private collections and individual item donations. The 1973 Hadjivassiliou donation, in particular, with the addition of 400 works from India, Pakistan, Tibet, Siam and southeast Asia, changed the Museum’s strictly Sino-Japanese profile and led to it being renamed to the Museum of Asian Art.

Today it enjoys worldwide recognition, with rare items from its collections being presented in international exhibitions. The most recent one was held in Tokyo, at the “Tokyo Metropolitan Edo – Tokyo Museum” in the summer of 2009.

Fan. Toshusai Sharaku, 18th century
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23.07.2018 - Opening hoursOn Monday, 23 July 2018, the Museum of Asian Art will be open at 10:00 - 20:00. 
21 June 2018, World Yoga DayAs part of the 2018 World Yoga Day celebration, the Director of Corfu Museum of Asian Art, Ms Des...
ORIGAMI workshop in Corfu Museum of Asian Art     ORIGAMI workshop   The Embassy of Japan in Greece in collaboration with the Corfu Museu...