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The Opening of the Museum of Underwater Sculpture Ayia Napa (MUSAN)

2 August , 2021

On July 31, 2021, the Museum of Underwater Sculpture in Ayia Napa, also known as MUSAN, had its grand opening. This event, held at Pernera Beach, welcomed notable guests, including the artist behind it all, Jason deCaires Taylor. Taylor is famous for his work in eco-art and talked about MUSAN as a unique treasure that merges with the local marine life beautifully.

Bringing a Vision to Life

Ayia Napa’s Mayor, Christos Zannettou, opened the ceremony, expressing his pride in the museum. He highlighted its significance beyond being just a new spot for tourists. The museum, which cost €1 million to create, is seen as a beacon of hope and innovation, particularly in tough times, and aims to elevate Cyprus’s standing internationally.

A Collaborative Creation

The museum was brought to life through a collaboration between the Ayia Napa Municipality, the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research, and the Ministry of Tourism. Marina Argyrou, who heads the fisheries department, shared her happiness about the project’s completion. The museum is home to 93 of Taylor’s artworks, placed underwater, intended to blend with and enhance the marine environment, making it an educational space for visitors about marine conservation.

Securing a Future Legacy

MUSAN is more than an underwater museum; it’s a statement on the power of collaboration and a shared commitment to the environment and community. It aims to enrich Cyprus’s tourism offerings, extend the tourist season, and improve the economy. The museum is set to be a source of inspiration and learning for all visitors, positioning Ayia Napa as a top destination for those seeking meaningful experiences with nature.