Museum of the Ancient Greek Musical Instruments and Toys & Games and the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology
In close proximity to the central square of Katakolos there is the Museum of the Ancient Greek Musical Instruments and Toys & Games which operates under the aegis of the municipality of Pyrgos. There are 42 ancient Greek musical instruments that work perfectly well. Thus, the visitors can be fully informed about ancient Greek musical habits, as well as find out about the way the instruments were constructed. The most important exhibits that one can admire are the lyre of Hermes that according to the mythological tradition was the first string instrument, the Homeric forminx, the syrinx of Pan and the guitar of Orpheus. The museum of Ancient Greek Technology is also in this location and the visitors can admire approximately 200 mechanisms of the ancient Greek civilization that are in excellent condition.
Visits by appointment only
Tel.: (+30) 6942420157
Archaeological Museum of Ancient Elis
Various findings from the area of Elis are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Elis which is built on the southeastern fringe of the ancient acropolis over the archaeological site. The building was constructed during 2002-2004 and it is in harmony with the surroundings. The new building was built taking into consideration the increasing number of exhibits since many findings remained stored for years and therefore, the public didn’t have any access to them. Among the exhibits there are sculptures, pottery, statues, tombstones, ceramic and bronze figurines, utensils, coins that date from the Paleolithic period to the Roman times. Through these exhibits the visitors can be fully informed about the long history of the capital of Elis and the area where the Olympic Games were held, ancient Elis.
Tel: (+30) 26220 41415
(Monday closed) Tuesday – Sunday: 8.30 - 15.00
The Folklore Museum of Andritsena
The Folklore Museum of Andritsena was founded in 1981 by the Embellishing Association of Women in Andritsena who joined their powers so as to found this museum thanks to their love for the cultural heritage. Nowadays the museum is housed at the mansion of George Kanellopoulos, a stone building that was constructed in 1847. Artefacts coming from the area of Andritsena are on display at the museum, such as traditional invaluable objects and furniture that was given to the museum along with the building and date back to 1832-1932. What is more, among the exhibits there are various objects, sanctuary implements, photographs and valuable historical documents that date to the 18th century. All these exhibits are on display on the three floors of the building.
Archaeological Museum of Olympia
The Archaeological Museum of Olympia, built opposite the archaeological site, is one of the most significant museums in Greece, where the historical course of Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, revives. The excavations in Olympia started in 1875 by the German Archaeological Institute and brought to light a great deal of findings, which are exhibited at the neoclassical building that started being constructed in 1886. Through the exhibits of the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, visitors can see the chronicle of the great sanctuary. The sculptures of the temple of Olympian Zeus are in a prominent position and the pediments and the metopes are the most characteristic signs of the Ancient Greek order. The Archaeological Museum of Olympia is known for the richest collection of small, bronze works of art worldwide.
Tel.: (+30) 26240 22742
Monday: 10.00 – 17.00
Tuesday – Sunday: 09.00 – 18.00
Museum of the History of the Olympic Games of Antiquity
In the new building of the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games of Antiquity, which is a reconstruction of the “Old Museum”, the first Archaeological Museum of Olympia, over 450 works of art from the archaic period are on display from the temple of Zeus and from museums all over Greece. This museum is known as Sygrio because it was built by Andreas Sygros. It had been built by 1888 and it was the first museum that was not situated in Athens. The objects on display cover a large period that starts from 2000 B.C. and reaches the 5th century A.D. Among the most impressive objects are golden seal rings of the Minoan and Mycenaean periods on which we see sports or objects used by athletes being portrayed for the first time, as well as inscriptions from different eras that constitute excellent sources of information for experts and visitors.
Tel.: (+30) 26240 29119
Monday - 10.00 – 17.00
Tuesday to Friday: 09.00 – 18.00
Folklore Museum of Amaliada
In the centre of Amaliada, next to the railway station, visitors can see a neoclassical building that hosts the Municipal Folklore Museum. The objects on display have mostly been donated by people who live in the area and they consist of traditional costumes, functional objects, furniture, decorations, farming tools and toys. Most of the objects date back to the late 19th and early 20th century and many of them have come from abroad, that is from people that come from Elis but live abroad. The most interesting collection is the one that shows the chronicle of the first radio station of the city which dates back to 1952.
Kazantzakis Square, Amaliada
Tel.: (+30) 26220 22912 & 22849
Monday-Friday / 08:30 - 13:30 & 15:00 -17:00
Entrance fee €1
Library of Andritsena
The long history of the library of Andritsena starts in 1840 when the mayor of Andritsena was given 47 boxes of rare knowledge. However, this invaluably treasure remained stored for 35 years in the small chapel of Saint Barbara until 1875 when the school was built all over again. They constructed a U-shaped building that was open to the northeast. The building had finished by 1932 adding the northeast ward which gave it the square shape that it has today. In 1998 it was transferred to the premises of a neoclassical building that is in close proximity to the high school of Andritsena. The collection has 8,000 books which consist of rare editions and documents of the Greek Revolution.
Information: (+30) 26260 22242