This was my first visit to Greece, and the Archaeological Museum on Samos was the first Greek museum I visited. Now usually, when I visit a country for the first time, it's a revelation to see the local historical narrative, and I pick up any number of unexpected facts about the indigenous cultures.
In Greece? Not so much.
Rightly or wrongly, the fact is that you can see many collections of Greek art and artefacts in the great museums of the world. In particular, I've spent a lot of time admiring the displays in the British Museum in London and the Ashmolean in Oxford.
Still, the Samos Museum has a nice collection, and it was great to see the finds in context. I was particularly intrigued by the pre-Christian statue head (below) whose face had been removed and etched with a cross by later Christians.
The archaeological site at the back of the museum wasn't open to visitors, but it was nice to know it was still an active excavation.