Paros Archaeological Museum

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Location: Parikia
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The Archaeological Museum of Paros in Parikia: The museum was constructed in 1960 to host the exhibits that were stored in the Monastery of Panagia Ekatontapiliani until that time. At first, only one room was built to house the museum, a few years later a second room was added, and further extension work was done in 1995.

The museum hosts findings that were brought to light during excavations in Paros and Antiparos. These findings date from the Neolithic to the early Christian times and include the Nike (Victory) of Paros, the marble statue of Mermaid Gorgo (mostly known as Medusa), Cycladic figurines, mosaics, a bust of poet Archilochus, statues of deities and amphorae from a local workshop, among others.

The impressive marble statue of Gorgo, a woman who petrified everyone who would look at her eyes, is 1.35 m tall and is preserved as a whole. It dates from the mid-6th century BC and was found in 1993 in Parikia. Another renowned exhibit, the marble statue of Nike (Victory) is also 1.35 m tall and was found in Kastro Parikia. Dating from 470 BC, the head, arms, and wings of this statue are missing.

In the yard of the museum statues and sarcophagi (box-like funeral receptacles for a corpse) from the Classical and Roman times are exhibited, as well as mosaics from the floor of Panagia Ekatontalipiani.

How to get there

The Archaeological Museum is located in the village of Parikia, just a 7-minute walk away from the central bus station and 5 minutes from a parking lot.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport, or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 694 4540 556, 0030 694 4668 331, 0030 699 9450 800, or booking your taxi online.

Car rental: Τhere's the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover the Archaeological Museum and many other places of interest at their own pace.

Public transport: The central bus station of the island is located at the main Port of Paros (Parikia). There are bus connections between this bus station and most areas of the island. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
Tip: Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination in advance.



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