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Archaeological Museum of Olympia

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Archaeological Museum of Olympia

When the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, in Olympia, was first opened in 1882, it was the first museum in Greece outside of Athens. The museum collection includes discoveries from the surrounding area, including the site of the Ancient Olympic Games. The collection includes objects from prehistory to its time under Roman rule.

Exhibits of the Archaeological Museum of Olympia

Today, the museum’s principal building has twelve rooms for exhibitions, organized both around themes and ages of the objects. The rooms are:

  • Prehistory and protohistory
  • Bronze Objects
  • Terracottas
  • Monumental Terracottas
  • Pediments and metopes of the Temple of Zeus
  • Nike of Paeonius
  • Workshop of Phidias
  • Hermes of Praxiteles
  • Hellenistic Sculpture
  • Nymphaeum
  • Metroon and Heraion
  • Last Years

Floor Plan for the Archaeological Museum of Olympia

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Archaeological Museum of Olympia


“Holding an Olympic Games means evoking history. ”
– Pierre de Coubertin


Photo Credit: JOM 2) Cédric Boissière (original French SVG); Bibi Saint-Pol (English translation) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons