The Archaeological Museum of Delos was built way back in 1904.
Its construction was carried out under the aegis of the Archaeological Society of Athens. Initially, the museum boasted only five rooms. It was much later (in 1931 and again in 1972) that more rooms were added. Nowadays, historical artifacts are on display in nine rooms, of which six host rare statues unearthed from the archaeological site at Delos.
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Another set of two rooms displays the fascinating collections of pottery dating back to prehistoric times. Last but not the least, one room exclusively exhibits objects of art meant for everyday use.
The Ivory Plaque dates back to 1400-1200 BC and is absolutely stunning. It portrays a quintessential Mycenaean soldier with a defensive shield and a lengthy spear. The soldier's head is covered by a protective headgear made of wild boar's teeth.
Visit the sacred island of Delos, one of the most significant archeological sites in the Cyclades, with a long history that dates back to ancient Greece! Delos is linked to many aspects of Greek mythology and this is the perfect opportunity to get to know its history better.
This guided tour will take you to Delos Synagogue, which is the oldest synagogue in Europe. You will walk around the archeological site and learn more about the history and Jewish culture of Mykonos. In addition, you will also get to visit the archeological museum of Delos.
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The rare plaque was unearthed from the debris at Artemision along with numerous other artifacts made of gold, ivory, and bronze. Another notable attraction of the Archaeological Museum of Delos is the trunk of a Kouros. It was recovered from an asylum and dates back to the 6th century. A marble statue of Boreas artistically portraying the infamous kidnapping of the Athenian princess Oreithya also lies within the premises of the museum. It is one of the finest specimens of Attic art and dates back to the 5th century.
The marble statues of Dioscorides and Cleopatra are conspicuous by their presence. Dioscorides and Cleopatra were an Athenian couple who lived on Delos island. The statues were discovered at the couple's residence.
The marble statue of Apollo is also noticeable by its distinct Apollo Lyceios features, which were patronized by the renowned sculptor Praxiteles. The statue artistically depicts the Olympian god inclining on a tree and striding on a bundle of Gallic shields.
Archaeologists and scholars believe that the marble statue of Apollo on display is a miniature version of the statue of Delphi, which was created to celebrate the hard-fought victory against the mighty Galls. The marvelous marble statue was discovered from a private residence and is believed to belong to the 2nd century BC.
The bronze mask of Dionysus is another notable attraction of the museum. The craftsman has artistically portrayed a bearded mythological god wearing a crown and an ivy garland. The priceless bronze mask was discovered at the Market of the Competaliasts and is believed to date back to the 2nd century BC.
How to get there
Delos Island is located next to Mykonos and is accessible only with an organized tour.
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Once in Delos, there is a guided tour of the island and free time for the Archaeological Museum.