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Archaeological Museum of Olympia
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The Archaeological Museum of Olympia, was built in the period between 1966 and 1975. It is also referred to as the New Museum, to distinguish it from the Old Museum, which was built in 1885 in neoclassical style, but had presented enough damage from the earthquakes that occurred in the region.

The construction of a new, larger museum was imposed and the plethora of findings uncovered by archaeological excavations. The museum opened in 1982 after the transfer of the old museum exhibits and the statue of Nike of Paionios was exposed later in 1994.

The Archaeological Museum of Olympia is one of Greece's most significant, as it shows the long history of the sacred site of Olympia which was one of the most important sanctuaries of antiquity throughout Greece and the birthplace of the Olympic Games.

The twelve of exhibition rooms include the permanent exhibition of findings from excavations in the sacred space of the Altis, which shows the chronological evolution and history of the sanctuary from the early Bronze Age until the 6th-7th century AD.

The museum is famous for its exhibition of sculptures where special position is held by the sculptural decoration of the temple of Zeus, the pediments and metopes, the most important examples of the severe style in Greek Art. Very important exhibits are also the Nike of Paionios and the Hermes of Praxiteles.

The collection of bronze objects of the museum is the richest in the world and consists of weapons, statuettes and other objects, while highly important are the pottery finds.

In September 2003 and because of the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, it was decided that the museum had to be reformed and changed the way of the presentation of the objects. Under this reform, repairs and extensions in all places (showrooms, service and storage) of the museum building were made. Specifically, it included the collection of prehistoric findings, the collection of bronze and pottery collection as well as the creation of a new hall for the workshop of Phidias.

The room of Hermes of Praxiteles was expanded, and the statue is now exposed with a new seismic protection, were exposed in a new way the findings of the Hellenistic era, and the collection of Roman statues, while the hall of the museum which formerly hosted the collection for the Olympic Games, was recreated to present findings concerning the last years of the sanctuary.

On the east wing of the museum a refreshment area was created. Changes have also been made to the surrounding area of the museum and the shop was moved to a building between the museum and the archaeological site.

All exhibition rooms now have new modern windows with specially designed artificial lighting and throughout the museum a new ventilation system and air conditioning has been installed. Finally, the Museum has storage space, occupying part of the east wing and the basement, and maintenance workshops for clay, bronze, stone objects and mosaics.

The new museum opened in the spring of 2004. The reform succeeded in achieving the original goal, which was the better exhibition, the presentation of more information with the use of material, including texts, drawings, maps, photographs, reconstructions and models and in general the overall better service and guest satisfaction by providing high quality services.


Contact information
Ancient Olympia
27065 Olympia Ilia
Tel.: (+30) 26240 22742
Fax: (+30) 26240 22529

Opening hours
01 April to 31 October
Monday - Sunday: 8 a.m. - 7.30 p.m.

01 November to 31 March
Δευτέρα: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday - Sunday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tickets (valid for Archaeological Museum of Olympia & Olympia)
General Admission: 9 €
Reduced: 5 €