The Archaeological Museum of Piraeus is a less known, but equally important with other Greek archaeological museums
Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )
1935 The first museum was built.
1941 After the German invasion, the antiquities were hidden under the sewer slabs of the theatre's orchestra and thus saved.
1981 The new museum was built as an extension of the old one.
Ottoman era (1453- 1821)
Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)
Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)
Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)
Classical era (478-323 BC)
Archaic era (800-479 BC)
Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)
Prehistory (-1100 BC)
What I can see
The Archaeological Museum of Piraeus is a two-storey building, which surrounds the Theatre of Zea of the Hellenistic period. A plan exists for the theatre to be used as an outdoor sculpture gallery. The museum has a total area of 1.394 sq.m. and includes findings from the Mycenaean to the Roman era. Some of the treasures exhibited here are marble statues, tombstones, votive reliefs from the sanctuary of Asclepius, reliefs with scenes from the Amazonomachy and copies of the shield of Athena by Phidias on the Acropolis. The bronze statues of Athena and Apollo from neighbouring sanctuaries are of bigger importance. This famous culture spot in Piraeus offers a clear idea of the importance of the city during ancient times, both as a commercial centre of the eastern Mediterranean, as well as a naval port.
What I can't see
The exhibits come from the wider Piraeus area, the coastline and nearby islands. The basement and the old museum are used for storage and maintenance workshops. Aside from the recording, storage and maintenance of antiquities, the museum is also active in educational and cultural activities.
- Address: 31 Charilaou Trikoupi St.
- Τηλέφωνο: +30 210 4521598, 210 4518388
Last visit 4/9/2013
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Last visit 4/9/2013
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