The Archaeological Museum of Mycenae is located in the general archeological site of Mycenae and it is housed in a beautiful building, constructed on three different levels so the exhibits are directly in touch with their natural environment.
There are 3 different halls, where2.500 exhibits stand chronologically and thematically divided. These findings (mostly earthen, stone, metal items, miniatures and works of goldsmith’s craft etc) date back to the period between the Later Bronze Period and the Hellenistic Period and they were discovered in Mycenae and in the outskirts. A model of acropolis and a rich teaching aid in the antechamber help the visitor acquire multi-faceted knowledge for Mycenaean civilization.
At the foot of the acropolis, in the archaeological site is the Archaeological Museum of Mycenae, a modern masterpiece for the area and an attraction point for thousands of Greek or foreign tourists, who come to this sacred place to admire part of the findings of Atrides’ treasure.
The idea of founding this museum came in the 1960’s; the archaeologist G. Milonas conducted excavations there and considered the foundation of a new museum inside the archaeological site ideal, because it would house and preserve the innumerable treasure of Mycenae.
The decision was followed by long lasting procedures and attempts to gather the necessary items that were kept in the Archaeological Museum of Nafplion and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. Finally in 2003 the museum opened its doors welcoming the first visitors. The position of the museum is perfect, as it brings the exhibits near the natural environment where they belong. The view of the remains of the Mycenaean civilization through the big windows and the ancient exhibits on the inside, help the visitor live the myth of the Atrides’ tribe.
Although the museum is built on three different levels and covers an area of 2000 m² in total, the exhibition space is smaller. It was arranged on the east side of the building and consists of 3 main halls and an antechamber on two different levels.
The exhibits (almost 2500) that are estimated to date back within the Later Bronze Period and the Hellenistic Period come from Mycenae and the environs and have been classified chronologically and thematically in 4 independent sections. A model of the Mycenaean acropolis accompanied by rich teaching aid (informative signs, cards, sketches) stand in the middle of the antechamber and assist in better informing the visitors . Moreover, there are also exhibits found during the construction of the museum.
The first section of exhibits that occupies the first hall is related to the life of the Mycenaeans. Various precious exhibits including kylixes(large wine cups) with a high stem attaching the bowl and the foot, stirrup jars, hydrias, oinochoes, alabastrons etc decorate the hall. Presented in the second hall are the Mycenaean burial customs. More specifically this hall includes reproductions of the original gold funerary mask of the Grave Circle A which are located in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, silver funerary masks, gold cups, swords and jewelry from the Grave Circle B and also from beehive tomb cemeteries in the area. The third hall is divided into two equally- spaced sections. In the first section (and the first half of the hall) the visitor learns about the function of the area during the historical times. The archaic and classical sanctuaries predominate here, like the “Agamemnoneion” and the “Sanctuary of Enavlion”. The other half hosts the achievements of the Mycenaean civilization.
Teaching aids accompany the whole exhibition, so that the visitor gains knowledge and indulges in the Mycenaean culture.
Address: Acropolis Mycenae, Mycenae Argolis
Telephone: +30 27510 76585, 76802
Mondays after 12:00
Regular: 8 Euros
Reduced: 4 Euros
The ticket is valid for visits in the entire archaeological site (Acropolis, Museum, Atreus’ Tomb)