Museum of Lamia
is housed in the first floor of a renovated, two - storied building within the archaeological site of the Castle
of Lamia. It was erected in 1830 by the first king of Greece Otto, after the War of Independence. It served as barracks until World War II. In 1973 the Ministry for Defence conceded its rights over both the castle and the ruined barracks to the Ministry of Culture.
The Museum was inaugurated in September 1994.
The museum includes the following collections:
(7th-4th millenium BC)
(ca. 3200 - 2000 BC)
Middle Helladic (ca. 2000 - 1600 BC
(Mycenaean - Submycenaean): 1600 -11th century BC
Early Iron Age
(Geometric): 10th - 8th century BC
(Sanctuaries): 7th - early 5th century BC
Classical - Hellenistic (Pottery - Figurines - Glass)
: 5th-2nd century BC
Classical - Hellenistic (Metal objects - tomb types - child toys): 5th
- 2nd century BC
Hellenistic (Domestic architecture - Pottery): 3rd - 2nd century BC
Hellenistic (Gold Jewelry): 3rd - 2nd century BC
Economy (Coins - weights- premonetarian means of exchange):
: 4th century BC - 2nd century AD
The most important items of the museum are:
found in a tomb at Stavros of Lamia (14th- 13th century BC).
- Reconstructed helmet with wild boar teeth
from the Mycenaean chamber tomb at
(14th - 13th century
- Sherd of a Mycenaean krater
representing a ship with its warriors. This is the first definite depiction of a warship in the history of mainland Greece (12th century BC).
- Lekythos in the form of a male head
. The vase is a fine example of the 5th century red-figure style and it is attributed to an Attic workshop (5th century BC).
- Attic black-glazed amphora with floral red-figured decoration on the neck
at Elateia (5th century).
relief to Artemis
It depicts a young mother's offering to the goddess, which is here featured as the guardian goddess of safe child-birth (Artemis Locheia). The relief dates to the end of the 4th-beginning of the 3rd century BC and stylistically belongs to the circle of Praxiteles' works.
- Mosaic pavement with the Three Graces
(3rd century AD).
- Gold signet ring
with cult representation from the Mycenaean cemetery at Alonaki of
(14th century BC).
- Helmet of Illyric type
of Eurytania (late 8th or 7th century BC).
- Statue of an orator or philosopher
of the Roman period from
The above exhibits are but a few of the significant findings, which are housed in the Archaeological Museum of Lamia and come from all over the prefecture of Fthiotida. For visitors, the Museum provides guided tours and educational programs, along with the organization of conferences and lectures.