Archaeological Museum of Dion

Archaeological Museum of Dion

Archaeological Museum of Dion
4.5
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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Elina Michaelidou
London, UK709 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Very good museum about the nearby archaeological site. We visited this museum after visiting the Dion archaeological park but wished we did the opposite way. There is more information about the places we visited at the park inside the museum than at the park itself. The ground floor had some nice exhibits, while the mosaic in the second building was very impressive and well worth a visit.
Written June 17, 2023
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Michael Adamidis 🇬🇷
Kastoria, Greece6,552 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
Together with the vergina archeological museum. Dion is a great place to see inside museum and outside at the archeological park and the museum is a small diamond. Lots of history over 2000 years ago and great things to share and enjoy the museum and the nearby attractions. It is worth the visit definitely and it is very nice and important museum. You need more 2 hours to see all and visit it slowly and to share your thoughts with others.
Written July 23, 2019
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Bernard S
38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
Very nicely set out. The basement has a lovely hands on exhibit for children equally fascinating for adults. Upstairs you will see an amazing collection. Beautiful mosaics and everything really well displayed. I had no idea about the organ before I visited.

We visited the archaeological park first which is probably better. It gives a context and scale. Between them we spent a half day---extremely memorable and we will return. Hardly anyone there. Deserves to be much better known.

Another reviewer has commented on the toilets at the museum. I can't remember how long it has been since I have seen "squatty" loos in a public building anywhere in the world. They weren't even very clean. One of the first things you see in the archaeological site is a series of sit down lavatories from the Hellenistic period!! Perhaps the museum architect should visit the site. Or any bathroom shop in Greece.
Written September 23, 2016
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marc n
71 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Average museum. Yes there were some interesting pieces (pipe organ, Dionysus mosaic) but given some if the amazing museums Greece has to offer in this region (Thessaloniki, Pella, Vergina) this one pales in comparison. Plus, though this is only an issue in summer or when it’s hot, it’s not air conditioned (and yes that matters).
Written July 8, 2022
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia10,060 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Your entree ticket covers the museum, the archaeotheke and the archaeological park, so there's value for money for you ! Dion was the sacred city of the Macedonians, at the foot of Mountain Olympos, so the museum houses a lot of significant collections, covering both the Hellenistic and Roman periods. The excavations are fairly recent, only starting in the 1930-ies and the museum was build to house the best pieces unearthed from the necropolis and the sanctuaries and baths of the ancient city. There are some wonderful statues, especially the Dionysos, Isis and Aphrodite and the Asklepios Daughters ; also some really elegant bronze statues and votive & grave monuments (standing stone stelae). Of particular interest, of course, is the water organ or hydraulic organ - an amazing instrument, especially if you keep in mind it was used in the 1st-century BC.
The Archaiothiki is a building adjacent to the museum ; it was build 10 years ago, specifically to exhibit the Dionysus mosaic ("the epiphany of the triumphant Dionysus"). It has a gallery upstairs all around the mosaic, so it can be viewed from all sides. Absolutely not to be missed !
Written July 12, 2019
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imaginelle
Sydney, Australia178 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
This museum is a small gem. It has some stunning individual peices and is well worth your time. Make sure you check out the large mosaic floor in the building behind the main one.
Written June 2, 2019
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Michael Adamidis 🇬🇷
Kastoria, Greece6,552 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
a very interesting museum in the village of dion.you can see the whole history of the ancinet city of dion and statues of all the temples and findings of the excavations .it is one of the main important ancient places of greek macedonia and greek historic cities of ancient macedonia and the museum is one of the best..i have been more than 10 times with friends from abroad and with greek friends.and it is really worths a visit.
do not miss to visit the ancient site of dion which is nearby .and the ancient theatre of dion.the whole area is an archaolgical park and needs more than a day to see all if you are interested in archaeology and greek history sites.
Written December 6, 2017
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Schadla-Hall T
London, UK168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
The site archaeolgical park is excellent- the museum is even better- the contents are all from the city and surroundings- I should start- in the basement gallery which has excellent models of the shrines and temples and the hellenistic city- this alone is worth a visit. The rest of the material in the uppergalleries- which are well laid out and displayed are excellent too- more importantly-visit the "store gallery" across the way to feast your eyes on the amazing mosaic - you will not be disappointed it is stunning.
Written May 7, 2017
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KonstantinosTz
Athens, Greece275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
Three floors museum with status and findings from the ancient city of Dion. The mosaic from Dionysos Vila at the third floor was amazing. At the basement do not miss to read about the under floor heating of the baths as well as for the hydraulic systems of the ancient city.
Written August 25, 2016
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ctsounis
New York City, NY1,027 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015
I went solo on a five day tour of Central Greece and Macedonia arranged by Uli of Dolphin Hellas Travel Agency in Athens during late spring of 2015. The excursion was part of G.O. Tours: a conglomerate of various travel agencies pooling together their groups to form one excursion. I was with an international group of Australians, Americans, English and Western Europeans. Our guide Matina was brilliant with the finest graciousness of Greek hospitality. The enthusiasm and nature-loving Australians made the visit to the Archaeological Park of Dion (sacred city of the Macedonians, at the foot of Olympos) different from other excursions.
Baphyras was a River-God of Pieria or Makedonia in northern Greece. The River Baphyras had its headwaters on Mount Olympos in Pieria, flowing for a distance under the name Helikon. It disappeared under the earth, reappearing as the stream of Baphyras. This flowed past the town of Dion where it emptied into the Aegean Sea.1
The Dion Park’s introductory poster described its history. The peaks of Mount Olympus and the plains of Pieria are mentioned for the first time in Homer’s Iliad and in the Homeric hymn Dion, the sacred place of Zeus, are first mentioned by Thucydides. According to the ancient myth, Deukalion built the first altar in the sanctuary if Zeus after the ancient flood. Worshipped together with Zeus Olympias were the Muses, who had been born on the slopes of Mount Olympus. To honor them, an annual celebration, the Olympiad of Dion, was held. It became splendid at the end of the 5th century B.C. when Archelaos, the King of Macedonia added to the sacrificial ceremonies athletic games and theatrical contests.”
Dion was visited frequently by the Macedonian kings. They came to sacrifice to Zeus Olympios for the ceremonial purification of their army to take oaths of allegiance before the Gods and to celebrate the army and the people. In the same place, King Phillip II celebrated the glorious victories and Alexander the Great starting out his campaign to Asia sacrificed to Zeus. Royal text inscriptions were set up in the sanctuary of Zeus Olympos. There too stood statues of the kings and the statues of the 25 noblemen who fell in the battle of the Granikos (Alexander’s decisive Persian War battle in Asia), a work by Lysippos. Dion flourished during Hellenistic and imperial times. Its last phase was in the 4th century A.D. After this, the city declined. Repeated earthquakes threw its buildings into ruin, obliging its inhabitants to abandon their homes. The Great baths, the Odium and mosaics are very impressive.
Leo and Debra, who knew about nature, described to us animals, natural flowers and vegetation. There were dogs who kept us company in the ruins. The Walnut, cherry and poplar trees, dragon flies, butterflies, turtles, frogs, snakes, poppies, roses were part of this unspoiled paradise. The nature walk with guide Matina and our group was a wonderful climax to a great tour. We enjoyed comraderie and discovered the natural beauty of Olympos.
Written February 29, 2016
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