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Archaeological Museum of Sparta

Last Update: Nov 2013
Museum, Monuments of Modern Greece, Cultural heritage SPARTI , LACONIA , GREECE
71, Osiou Nikonos Street 23100 SPARTI , LACONIA , GREECE
Tel.: +30 27310 28575
Opening hours:
01Jun - 31Oct Tue-Sun, 0900-1600
01Nov - 31May Tue-Sun, 0800-1500
Built: 1874-1876

Archaeological Museum of Sparta - Overview

  The Archaeological Museum of Sparta comprises the oldest provincial archaeological museum of the country. Its neoclassical building was constructed between 1874 and 1876 in the center of the city and it has been declared a listed building for its architectural and historical interest.
  With finds ranging chronologically from the Mycenaean to the Roman period (1100 BC-324 AD), the exhibition of the museum offers a panorama of the art and history of ancient Sparta. Of particular interest are the finds from the most important sanctuaries in the region: The sanctuary of Artemis Orthia, a cult center associated with the rites of passage the young Spartans underwent through their rigorous agogi; the sanctuary of Apollo of Amyklae, a significant political and religious center of Sparta throughout antiquity, and the Menelaeion at ancient Therapni. Here is attested, from at least the 8th century BC, the cult of the mythical king of Sparta Menelaus and of his wife, Helen of Troy.
  Among the most important exhibits of the museum are:
• Palatial Style amphoras from the Mycenaean cemetery at Pellana.
• Clay masks of the 7th-6th centuries BC from the sanctuary of Artemis Orthia, depicting warriors and medusae. These were votive offerings, probably used in rituals to honor the goddess.
• Laconic capitals of the so-called mixed type, namely a combination of Doric and Ionic elements, from the sanctuary of Apollo Amyklaios, dated to the 6th century BC. The capitals displayed in the museum are attributed to the sculptor Vathykles, who was also the architect of the sanctuary.
• Among the best preserved specimens of Laconic sculpture is the pyramidal stele with relief decoration on either side, depicting probably Menelaus and Helen on the one side, while on the other is represented Orestes murdering his mother Clytemnestra. The stele is dated to the 6th century BC.
Statue of a Spartan warrior, the so-called Leonidas. Only the upper part of the torso is preserved. The statue was found in the sanctuary of Athena Chalkioikos at the acropolis of Sparta and is dated to the second quarter of the 5th century BC.
• Mosaics of the Hellenistic and Roman times, some bearing mythological scenes, such as the abduction of Europe by Zeus or Orpheus with his lyre and animals.

Archaeological Museum of Sparta - Map

Executives & Departments

  • Archaeological service:, Tel.: 27310 23315, 27310 24359, Fax: 27310 21516
    5th Ephorate of Prehistorci and Classical Antiquities, 133 K. Palaiologou St., Sparta

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Museum exhibits • Architectural parts • Mosaics • Statues • Statuettes - Figurines • Inscriptions • Reliefs • Pottery • Stelae
Periods of the exhibits • Mycenaean civilization, 1600-1100 BC • Ancient historical times, 1050 BC- AD 324

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