It is housed in a neoclassical
of the former Panarcadic hospital "Evangelistria", which was founded
during the years 1895-1905. The building was designed by Ernst Ziller. The archaeological
museum was established by the Ephor of Antiquities, Dr. Theodoros Spyropoulos,
during the years 1980-1986 and was inaugurated by the then Minister of Culture
The museum houses about 7.000 findings, coming mostly from recent
excavations in Arcadia. It is administrative centre of the archaeological services
of the prefecture and it also has a cultural and educational role.
The museum contains the following collections:
Prehistoric collections (Neolithic-Mycenaean)
Findings from the Mycenaean cemetery of Palaiokastro
Vases of Geometric and Archaic date from Mantineia
Vases of Hellenistic and Roman date from Kynouria and Megalopoli
Sculptures of Archaic and Classical date from Asea
Sculptures of Hellenistic and Roman date from Eva
, Mantineia and Tegea
Classical - Hellenistic (Pottery - Figurines - Glass): 5th-2nd century BC
Classical - Hellenistic (Metal objects - tomb types - child toys): 5th -
2nd century BC
Inscriptions of Classical and Roman date from various sites in Arcadia
Various categories of votive offerings from sanctuaries in Arcadia
Bronze vessels and weapons of classical, Hellenistic and Roman date from
Megalopolis and Arcadic
The most important items of the museum are:
of neolithic date from Sakovouni
in the well known forms, but also others that present originality
in poses and themes.
of Late Mycenaean date (12th century B.C.) from Palaiokastro Gortynias.
Nice specimen of vase manufacture and decoration techniques of a local Mycenaean
of Late Mycenaean date (12th centurey B.C.) from Palaiokastro Gortynias.
They are decorated with octapuses
of Laconic type
with gorgoneion head from the pediment of the temple of Hippios
in Mantineia. It is dated to the Archaic period.
of sitted goddess (Athena) from Asea. Work dated to 510 B.C.,
and probably executed by the Athenian sculptor Endoios.
of early Hellenistic date from Megalopolis. There is only one parallel at the
British Museum. It comes from Euphratis and is connected with the expeditions
of Alexander the Great.
with representation of Kybele, together with her priestesses
and worshippers. From the villa of Herodes Atticus in Eva. Pentelic marble, 4th
with representation of Hercules and Auge in relief. Diameter:
80cm. Late Hellenistic decorative relief from the Villa of Herodes Atticus in
with representation of the nine Muses and Apollo. Original Hellenistic
work of the 2nd century B.C . Neo-attic relief from the Villa of Herodes Atticus
in Eva Kynourias.