Old Museum

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Ancient Olympia
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37.640896
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21.624717
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MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES OF ANTIQUITY

The exceedingly beatyful classical revival building that commands the little hill NW of the Sanctuary of Zeus is the Old Museumor Syngreion, designedby the German Architects, W. Doerpefeld and F. Adler, whose names are connected with the first systematic excavations at Olympia. It's construction beganafter the first excavations in the Altis, with the national benefactor Andreas Syngros as donor and it was finished in 1888.

It is the oldest regional Museum  in Greece and in the general Mediterranean basin. Until the decade of 1970, the Syngreion housed the brilliant finds of the Sanctuary, but the building itself had already been damaged in the eartquake that struck the area in 1954. With the constructionof the New Archaelogical Museum, the Old Museum remained closed until it was renovated from the foundations up.

Since 2004, it has served as the Museumof the Olympic Games of Antiquity. It's only 400m from the center of the Ancient Olympia village before the old bridge of Kladeos river and the entrance of the Archaelogical Site. It's open exactly the same times which are oopen the Archaelogical Museum. The entrance for everybody is free. In my opinion 20-30 minutes is enough time to explore it.

MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF THE EXCAVATIONS IN OLYMPIA

Beside the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games in Antiquity is the old Ephoreion. This provided a place to stay for the Archaelogical Ephorsand for other archaelogists who worked from time to time at Olympia.

In 2004 the building was renovatedand transformed into an exhibition hall for the History of the Excavations of the Sanctuary of Olympia. Through photographs and visual material, the visitor can follow the history of the systematic excavation of Olympia, which was on of the three earliest such excavations to be carried out in Greece (with the Dipylon and Mycenae).

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