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Archaeological Museum of Mycenae

Archaeological Museum of Mycenae by Joy of Museums

Archaeological Museum of Mycenae

The Archaeological Museum of Mycenae is located at the entrance of the Ancient Mycenae site, just a few steps before the famous Lion Gate. Construction began in 1985, and the museum was finally inaugurated in 2003. The museum’s collection includes findings from excavations all over the ancient site of Mycenae and the wider region and represents periods from the Copper Period of around 3,000 B.C. up to the Hellenistic time in the 2nd century B.C. The exhibits include ceramic jewellery, wall paintings, tools and weapons.

The jewellery pieces made of gold include a copy of the Golden Mask of Agamemnon, a grave mask that was found in the Treasury of Atreus. The original mask, a funeral mask made of pure gold, is kept in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. The museum exhibits include the following areas:

  • life of the Mycenaeans with ceramic exhibits from the ancient town
  • life after death and includes displays from graves, such as offerings to the dead
  • Mycenaen civilization, religion, science, art, administration and trade
  • the history of Mycenae and of its excavation
  • a model of the ancient Mycenae site

Exhibits of the Archaeological Museum of Mycenae

Visiting Information

  • Fixed hours that vary by the season
  • Admission fee
  • Museum exhibits
    • Weapons / Armour
    • Household items
    • Tools
    • Statuettes – Figurines / Clay
    • Frescoes
    • Pottery
    • Stelae
    • Funerary
    • Coins
    • Sarcophagi
    • Jewellery
    • Sculptures
    • Grave offerings
  • Periods of the exhibits
    • Bronze Age, 3200 BC to 324 AD

Archaeological Museum of Mycenae

  • Museum:       Archaeological Museum of Mycenae
  • Greek:           Μυκήνες
  • Constructed  1985
  • Type:              Archaeological Museum
  • Address:         Mykines, Argolis, Greece
  • Country:        Greece

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“In war, the first casualty is the truth.”
– Agamemnon quote via Aeschylus

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Photo Credit: JOM

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