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Inside the Museum of the History of the Excavations at Olympia, visitors will find engravings of the plain of Olympia before the beginning of the excavations, photographs of the first campaigns, and the historic agreement of 1875 between Greece and Germany.
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Museum of the History of the Excavations at Olympia

In the Museum of the History of the Excavations of Olympia, visitors will be fascinated by the systematic excavation of the sanctuary through a variety of photographs, documents, and visual material.

Right next to the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games in Antiquity, visitors will find this informative building, which was renovated in 2004. The Olympia excavation is one of the earliest to be carried out in Greece and it provided an example for the methodology that has been implemented for other excavations that followed. It began in 1875 by the German Archaeological Institute—after the signing of an agreement between the Greek and German states, which defined the terms and obligations of each part.

At the museum, visitors will see a model of the sanctuary made by Hans Schleif according to the plan of W. Dörpfeld. The exhibitions include the engravings of the plain of Olympia before the beginning of the excavations, photographs of the first campaigns, the historic agreement of 1875 between Greece and Germany, instruments and excavation tools, documents associated with the excavations, photographs of more recent excavations, and other memorabilia.

Visit

Museum of the History of the Excavations at Olympia

Hours

Low Season:
Daily: 08:30 - 15.30
Last Admission: 20' before closing time

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:
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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Contact Information

Archaeological Museum of Olympia