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SAMOS WORTH SEEING ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
The Archeological museum consists of two buildings. The 'Paschaleio' Archive, where miniatures and ceramics found in Heraion are exposed, and the new building, where the statues are displayed.

On the northern hall of the old building's ground floor the ceramics of prehistoric, geometrical and archaic times, found in the excavations of Heraion, are exposed, as well as samples of prehistoric tools.

In the southern hall the visitor can see selected ceramic finds, bronze miniatures, coins, urns and the famous Erotideis bas-relief. In the lobby you can find the famous bas-relief of the young man holding a stick (work of the 5th century BC), as well as the unique collection of wooden statues and ship replicas found in recent excavations in Heraion. In the northern hall there is an exceptional collection of forged and molten bronze sculptures such as the wooden statues of Kouroi and Kores and valuable utensils.

The bronze statuette of a god of Armenia coming from the 8th century BC, the bronze statuette of a pilgrim with his dog of the 8th century BC from Babylon, the bronze goat of the 8th century BC from Iran, the bronze bridle of the 8th century BC from Assyria, the bronze statuette of the goddess 'Nuie' from Egypt and many other exhibits prove the great fame of the Heraion temple.

In the Southern hall, votive offerings to Hera, goddess of fertility and ceramic oxen heads are exposed, as well as impressive miniatures coming from the temple. Some of them are: The ivory bas-relief from Sparta representing Perseas killing Medusa, the Phoenician ivory cone of the 7th century, etc. Impressive is also the geometric statue collection and the 7th and 6th century head collection from Cyprus.

In the first hall of the second building there are architectural parts of the temple such as the marble capital of the ancient time, while the visitor can be informed for the exhibits of the hall by a sketch-map hung up on the wall.

In the great hall there are sculptures of the ancient times, such as:
  • Headless marble statue of a woman of 570 BC, votive offering of Heramyes to Hera. It is the exact same statue with the one in the Louver which also comes from the Heraion temple.
  • The headless Kouros, a perfect sample of ancient sculpture, known as Kouros of 'Leukios', devoted to Apollo.
  • The 'Geneleo' complex: a complex of six statues, the mother, the father and their four children, made by Geneleos. This work is estimated to originate from 560 BC.

    In the Northern side of the hall there is a supernatural-sized 'Kouros' body whose head is a replica of the original one in Constantinople.

    In the last hall of the building there is the great 'Kouros' of Samos that is three times bigger than an average man. It was devoted to Hera by a person named 'Ishys' as it is written on the left thigh of the statue. This unique sample of ancient sculpture was found in the excavations of the Hiera Odos that took place during 1980-84. It was one of the 5 or 6 colossal 'Kouroi' decorating the northern side of the road.

  • Schedule: Tuesday to Sunday: 08:30-15:00, Mondays: closed.
  • Tickets: standard 3 euros, reduced: 2 euros.
  • Tel.: +30 22730-27469
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    ABOUT ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
    Colossal kouros
    Marble statue of a draped female figure
    Geneleos Group
    Marble funerary (or votive) relief
    Bronze statuette of a horseman
    Bronze breast-plate of a horse
    Wooden figurine of a nude woman
    Archaic clay kernos
    Ivory relief from Laconia
    Ivory figurine of a kneeling youth
    About Archaeological museum of Samos

    ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM IMAGE GALLERY

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