The Centre of Visual Arts and Research (CVAR), located on Ermou Street in the heart of the walled city of Nicosia, opened in 2014. The CVAR is home to the Costas and Rita Severis collections, which include paintings, antique costumes and memorabilia related to Cyprus and its neighbours.

Come to the CVAR for a walk through history, and experience the magnificent views described by travellers and visitors centuries ago. From CVAR's unique and historic location, visitors can admire the tiled roofs, the countless palm trees, the historic churches, mosques and monuments of old Nicosia - all with the Pentadaktylos as a breathtaking backdrop.

Museum Visiting Hours

Tuesday-Sunday: 09:30-17:00
Closed: Monday

Monday-Saturday: 09:30-17:00
Closed: Sunday

Individual: €5
Free entrance for children
Groups of 10+: €3 per person

Getting Here

By Bus:
Nicosia Mini Buses Route 1 passes in front of the museum. One can board it from Plateia Solomou (Nicosia’s main bus station) as well as other stops in the old city

By Car:
The closest municipal parking lots to the museum would are off Pentadaktylou Street and next to Famagusta Gate.

The CVAR is at a walking distance of:

  • Famagusta Gate
    3 minutes
  • Byzantine Museum and the Archbishop’s Palace
    5 minutes
  • Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios Mansion
    7 minutes
  • Ledra Street’s checkpoint
    12 minutes
  • Cyprus Archaeological Museum
    22 minutes

Staying Safe

Due to the constantly changing government measures for the prevention of the spread of covid-19, we suggest you update yourselves before organising a visit, to avoid disappointment.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have recently been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, we kindly ask that you postpone your visit to the museum for the safety of all.

Hand sanitiser is available at the entrance of the museum and according to government regulations wearing a mask is mandatory.

Access & Facilities

The CVAR can be accessed from Ermou Street.

The entire museum is purposely built and user friendly to persons with special needs. It is step-free and wheelchair accessible. Each floor can be accessed by a ramp or by an elevator. 1 accessible parking space can be found on Ermou Street, 15 metres from the museum.

On entering the museum you will be asked to leave your bags in lockers as these are not allowed in the galleries.

Toilets, including an accessible toilet, can be found on the ground floor.

The CVAR gift shop can be found at the entrance/exit of the museum and is open during museum hours.