Delphi Archaeological Museum

Location: Ancient Site

The Archaeological Museum of Delphi is one of the most visited museums around Greece. It was founded in 1903 and it is operated by the Greek Ministry of Culture.

The museum hosts important findings, most of which were discovered at the area of the sanctuary of Delphi. The exhibits are arranged in fourteen rooms in chronological order. The most ancient objects are displayed in the first two rooms and date back to the late Geometric and early Archaic periods.

Some of the museum’s exhibits include the Charioteer of Delphi, the frieze of the Siphnian Treasury, the Sphinx of Naxos, chryselephantine sculptures, inscriptions, bronze figurines and bronze votive offerings.

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  • vasilikiang 19 Jan 2011
    Amazed by the statue details
    A very interesting museum that needs about an hour, an hour and a half to get around. The best museum after the one in Olympia. It has many impressive findings. I loved the Sphinx and its size is so large that you can't believe it would actually stand on top of a column. The statues were also gorgeous, you feel you can actually touch many of them. Isn't it amazing how they could carve on the marble even the slightest detail of the human body, a vein, the nail of a toe, the eye brushes, the ear lobe? I was fascinated! After all the treasuries I had seen in the previous rooms, eventually I was not that impressed by the famous Charioteer (exhibited in the last room) except for his eyes that were painted and looked real.

    Once you get into the museum, there is a miniature of the site in the ancient times. There I heard a tour guide telling that over the years the temples and the oracles had been destroyed (by wars, rock slidings, earthquakes, etc) and covered by clay, so it actually looked like a mountainside. On the slopes of this mountain, a village had been built, so archaeologists had to move the entire village (to where modern Delphi are now, about 2km far) to start excavations. Pretty shocking, eh?

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