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Olympia's Archaeological Museum, which houses finds from the excavation of the sanctuary of Zeus, is one of the most important museums of Greece.
© Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports / Ephorate of Antiquities of Ilia (efailias)

Archaeological Museum of Olympia

Come to Olympia's Archaeological Museum to find some of the most significant exhibitions of the ancient world displaying the long history of the sanctuary of Zeus and the Olympic Games, as well as artwork dating back thousands of years.

Olympia's Archaeological Museum, which houses finds from the excavation of the sanctuary of Zeus, is one of the most important museums of Greece. The exhibition also contains great masterpieces from the long history of the Olympic Games' birthplace, and thousands of years of art. The exhibits are displayed in chronological and thematic order from Prehistoric down to Roman times.

The western pediment of the Temple of Zeus represents the battle between Centaurs and Lapiths. – © Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports / Ephorate of Antiquities of Ilia (efailias)
The western pediment of the Temple of Zeus represents the battle between Centaurs and Lapiths. – © Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports / Ephorate of Antiquities of Ilia (efailias)

Here you'll find the sculptures of the temple of Zeus, the most brilliant examples of the so-called severe style of Greek art: the metopes, which depict the labours of Heracles and the sculptures of the east and the west pediment representing the local myth of Pelops and Oinomaos and the battle between Centaurs and Lapiths respectively. You will also see the sculpture of "Nike of Paionios" and one of the most famous statues in the history of art, the "Hermes" of Praxiteles, which is perhaps the only original, surviving statue of the renowned sculptor. Guests are treated with the exhibition's numerous bronze objects: figurines of humans and animals, cauldrons, tripods, griffins, sphinxes, and many different kinds of weapons, vessels, and exquisite examples of the toreutic art. Finally, the large collection of terracotta statues—like the complex of Zeus and Ganymede—is a highlight during any visit.

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Archaeological Museum of Olympia

Hours

Low Season:
Daily, 8:30 - 15:30

High Season:
Daily, 8:00 - 20:00
Last Admission: 20' before closing time

Holidays:
1 January: closed
25 March: closed
Good Friday: 12:00-17:00
Holy Saturday: 8:00-15:00
1 May: closed
Easter Sunday: closed
25 December: closed
26 December: closed

Pricing

Full: 12 €
Reduced: 6 €

November-March:
Full: 6 €

Ticket price includes access to the following areas:
-Archaeological Site of Olympia,
-Archaeological Museum of Olympia
-Museum of the History of the Olympic Games of Antiquity and
-Museum of the History of the Excavations in Olympia.

Free Admission Days:
6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
18 April (International Monuments Day)
18 May (International Museums Day)
The last weekend of September (European Heritage Days)
28 October
Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st

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Archaeological Museum of Olympia