Mykonos Archaeological Museum

by Niki Kefala
Archaeological Museum
'Ancient Delos' - Mykonos
'Ancient Delos' - Attribution: Graham McLellan

Journey to the ancient Greece

The Archaeological Museum of Mykonos is one of the oldest in Greece and it is located on the hill above the port of Mykonos. Built in the early years of the 20th century to house the findings from the excavations at Rinia. It's worth visiting! The building in its original form had neoclassical design but in repairs and additions of 1935 and 1970 took its Cycladic form with flat roofs. Go back to the past and visualize how Mykoneans used to live. Admire their famous pottery, the imposing statues and the extraordinary jewelries. And remember, that those years are in the past but the beauty of them remains until today...

The museum includes six rooms and here are collections of sculptures and tombs of Rinia but also important findings from excavations in Mykonos. The rich collection of ceramics is representative of Cycladic pottery. The collection of pottery includes vases of workshops in Cyclades dated from the 9th and 8th century BC.

The most famous exhibit is the burial pithamphora with scenes depicting the fall of Troy, in room E. At the same floor visitors can also admire Melian pottery, black figured vases of Ionia and two large matrimonial boilers. In Room D exposed tombstones from Rinia of which the column of Tertias Orarias stands out. In room A there are pots of Mykonos, miniatures, jewelry and weapons. At the porch tombstones, statues, inscriptions and a sarcophagus from Rinia are placed.

The museum is open daily (except Mondays) from 8:30 to 15:00. Tel.: 22890-22325.