The Puzzle Museum in Megisti
The Museum of Puzzles, the first in Greece, has the largest collection of puzzles in Greece and one of the largest in the world. It was founded by the mathematician Pantazis Houlis and has 4000 exhibits, many of which are his own inventions and constructions. It operates free during winter and summer and has positively surprised visitors of all ages, as well as a large number of Greek and foreign distinguished visitors who come to the island exclusively for the Puzzle Museum. Although there are only four other Puzzle Museums in other countries (covering all types of puzzles), the one in Kastellorizo is the only interactive one
Kastellorizo has a long tradition in puzzles, which is demonstrated (1) by 19th century magazines with puzzles that exist in the Folklore Museum of the island, (2) by the existence of countless riddles in the form of a poem in the newspaper Kastellorizian News of the 60s, and (3) the regular representation of Greece in the International Puzzle Party (IPP) by two awarded Greeks, both of origin from Kastellorizo.
In general, Greece has a historically proven tradition in puzzles, with Archimedes’ Ostomachion being humanity’s first three-dimensional puzzle, the Sphinx’s Enigma being the first verbal puzzle, while the Labyrinth, Pandora’s Box and the Gordian Knot are often used as names for today’s puzzles.
Since October 2020, the Puzzle Museum has been declared as a European STARTS Centre (Science + Technology + Arts):