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Museum of the History of the Ancient Olympic Games

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The Museum of the History of the Ancient Olympic Games hosts 463 ancient works, from the Temple of Zeus at Olympia, and other museums in the Greek territory. The exhibits cover a wide chronological range, from the second millennium BC until the 5th century AD. Ancient exposed in thematic units and through them yperchilietis shows the history of the Olympic games, the longest ancient institution.

Apart from ancient art, the visitor has the possibility of detailed information through the rich visual material.

The building complex consists of the museum's exhibition spaces on the ground floor and basement, where this is expected to operate in the future for better multimedia presentation of the Games, as well as educational programs.

The exhibition area consists of a large central hall, the lobby and eleven small rooms.

The most important of the exhibits housed in the museum are the gold-ring seals the first images of sports, representative samples of the Minoan and Mycenaean art, bronze and terracotta figurines geometric warriors and chariots from Olympia and are the first performances of historical years mentioning chariot, various objects used by athletes such as discs, dumbbells, Mr. aryballoi et al. as well as exhibits that make up the unity of the Olympic events. Among those particularly important are inscribed bases of statues that decorated athletes in antiquity the Altis, the stone and bronze inscriptions, which are inexhaustible source of information, the bronze statuettes of athletes, and many vessels with representations of athletes.

The purpose of the exhibition is not simply to provide information about the Games in antiquity and the initiation of the visitor to the institution of the Olympic Games.

Opening Hours: Monday: 10.00 - 17.00, Tuesday - Sunday: 09.00 - 16.00
Tickets' cost: Special ticket package: Full: €12, Reduced: €6
Valid for: Archaeological Museum of Olympia, Olympic Games Site, Museum of the History of the Olympic Games
Telephone no: +30 26240 29119
Extra information: Free admission days
  • 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
  • 5 June (International Enviroment Day)
  • 18 April (International Monuments Day)
  • 18 May (International Museums Day)
  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
  • Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st
Reduced admission for:
  • Greek citizens and citizens of other Member - States of the European Union aged over 65 years old by showing their ID card or passport.
  • Students of Higher Education Institutes and equivalent Schools from countries outside the EU by showing their student ID
  • The accompanying parents on educational visits of elementary schools.
Free admission for:
  • Journalists with a journalist identity card
  • Members of Societies and Associations of Friends of Museums and Archaeological Sites throughout Greece with the demonstration of certified membership card
  • Members of the ICOM-ICOMOS
  • Persons accompanying blind and disabled
  • Persons possessing a free admission card
  • The escorting teachers of schools and institutions of elementary, middle school, high school, university and graduate level education during their visits
  • The official guests of the Greek government, with the approval of the General Director of Antiquities.
  • Tourist guides after demonstrating their professional identity of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
  • University students and students at Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent schools of Member - States of the European Union and students at Schools of Tourist Guides, by showing their student ID
  • Young people, under the age of 18, after demonstrating the Identity Card or passport to confirm the age
Holidays (not open to the public)
  • 1 January
  • 25 March
  • Good Friday: 12.00 - 17.00
  • 1 May
  • Easter Sunday
  • 25 December
  • 26 December

Additional Info

  • Type: Museum
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