The Archaeological Museum of Paros, Cyclades: The Archaeological Museum of Paros was constructed in 1960 to host the exhibits that were store in the Monastery of Ekatontapyliani till that time. At first, only one room was built to house the museum, a few years later a second room was added, while further extension work was done in 1995.
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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, Cycladic figurines, mosaics, a bust of poet Archilochus, statues of deities and amphorae from a local workshop, among others.
The marble statue of the Mermaid Gorgo, 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. The other important 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, there are statues and sarcophagi (box-like funeral receptacle for a corpse) from the Classical and the Roman times, as well as mosaics from the floor of Panagia Ekatontalypiani (the Monastery with the Hundred Doors).
Tours and activities related to Archaeological Museum
Paros Island is part of the Cyclades and stands up with the perfect mix between traditional architecture and the cosmopolitan atmosphere. Definitely an island that has to be discovered! Take our water taxi from Naxos early in the morning and head to the Naousa port, where your independent journey will begin. Enjoy the picturesque port, take a walk on the seafront alley and admire the moored fishermen`s boats. You can also stop at one restaurant and try some fresh fish dishes before going to explore the rest of the island.
A local bus can take you to Parikia, the capital of the island, where you can visit some important sightseeing like the Archaeological Museum, the old market street or the Church of Panagia Ekatontapyliani – an important symbol of Greek Orthodoxy. Go for a walk on the typical narrow streets with whitewashed buildings and take advantage of every beautiful corner for creating stunning photography. You can also rent a car and visit some places that are not accessible by public transportation or you can take a water taxi and go to see the beaches on the other side of the bay. Go for a swim, relax and return in time to take your water taxi back to Naxos.
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 book your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car with as little as 14 euros per day and pick it up directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover the Archaeological Museum and many other places of interest at their own pace.
Public transfers: 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 the 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 in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.