Archaeological Museum of Ioannina

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Archaeological Museum of Ioannina

Archaeological Museum of Ioannina
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8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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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
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8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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The collections of the Archaeological Museum of Ioannina are displayed in seven halls, the central aisle and three atria in a total surface of 1.200 square meters. Exhibits cover a wide time span from the first appearance of humans in Epirus during the Lower Paleolithic, 250.000 years ago, to late antiquity in late Roman times (3rd century AD). Great emphasis is laid on the artifacts from the sanctuary of Dodoni which are exhibited in a hall devoted to one of the greatest sanctuaries of the Greek world. The new permanent exhibition retains the Panepirotic dimension of the old one, as was conceived by the first director of the Archaeological Museum, Ioulia Vokotopoulou. It comprises approximately 3.000 artifacts from all over Epirus. The exhibition is structured around three different axes: chronological, geographical and thematic. These intertwined axes underpin the museum’s narrative in an attempt to highlight the area’s distinct character and history during antiquity.
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD8,099 contributions
We stopped here after visiting the Archaeological site of Dodoni, finding parking impossible. After checking into Dioni Hotel, we walked 500 m southeast to this 1970 museum sited high over Lake Pamvotis with a beautiful view of the snow covered Pindus Mtns.
After paying 3 euro for each senior, we strolled through the sequence of spacious rooms displaying interesting artifacts from this historic Epirus area. We liked the “Phrygian” helmets and weaponry, a 2nd C BC arrow catapult, huge 2nd C Roman marble sarcophagus with scenes from Homer's Iliad, and a copy of a rare 4th C Roman road system map.
The excellent Dodoni Room showed votive offerings to the Sanctuary of Zeus, a 5th C BC bronze eagle and many of the lead 6th C BC “oracle tablets”.
This is a modern, well lighted museum with descriptions in English.
Written April 22, 2022
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RexTsatsaroglou
Athens, Greece318 contributions
Located in the town centre and housed in a trademark building of Greek Modernity from the 60s, with its austere functionality directing the visitor's attention to the exhibits, the Archeological Museum of Ioannina is designed to introduce guests to the history of Epirus from prehistoric to roman times. Well organised around chronological, geographical and thematic axes, it manages to provide basic knowledge of the life in the region in ancient times in a simple and educational way.
The items are advantageously presented, both in terms of positioning and light as well as explanatory panels.
Start here before visiting the ancient oracle of Dodona, the ancient city of Cassope and the Nekromanteion of Acheron, in order to understand those archeological sites which at this time are lacking extensive information on the premises.
Even if you're no history buff, you will most definitely admire the magnificent sculpted head of the famous King Pyrrhus whose resemblance to Alexander the Great is uncanny and not coincidental. Arts and politics go hand in hand. Enjoy!
Written July 5, 2022
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glitterobsessedmabelcorn
Athens, Greece5 contributions
Family
This museum has so much to teach to newcomers. People often know of Greece's ancient past but they forget to acknowledge it further, away from Athens and Sparta. This museum, not only includes Epirus's Hellenic, Classical and Roman period but the prehistoric one as well. A very interesting and comprehensive visit indeed.
Written November 10, 2021
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James Holt
Thessaloniki Region, Greece4 contributions
Couples
I enjoyed the beautiful building although it must have been designed before the awareness of the needs of the disabled became widespread. A lot of artefacts but not enough explanations. As usual poor lighting of coins and too many labels on oŕ near the floor.
Written September 19, 2021
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katleen_lybaert
Ghent, Belgium163 contributions
We only had an hour to visit (due to our late arrival), a little more time is needed if you want to read everything. It gives a good insight in the history of the region. Good explanations that were easy to read (not always the case in Greece). I would suggest a visit at the beginning of your visit of the town and region.
Written July 28, 2022
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melvin K
Derby, UK37 contributions
A very wet day rescued by this gem of a museum. Compact, focused, interesting, well set out. A must do if you find yourself in Ioannina. The descriptions are in good English as well as Greek and the whole place has a modern, tidy air about it. Loved it.
Written February 14, 2020
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Raminagropi
Corfu, Greece121 contributions
A vast collection of items from the strangling liberation fight time of the nation!
Written October 29, 2011
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Dillsp0st
Armeni, Greece34 contributions
The entrance is poorly signposted and so we spent a while wandering around the entire outside before we found our way in. Very little of the actual building is used as exhibition space, which came as a bit of a surprise. That said, there are some very nice artefacts to be seen. For me, the best bits were the two short videos about the shrine of Dodoni, which were very interesting and explained the site very well.
Written October 15, 2018
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Kathryn W
Monemvasia, Greece238 contributions
Business
This newly rennovated and vastly improved museum is the labour of love of Prof. Kostas Zachos, one of the most dynamic and proactive archaeologists in the country. The museum is beautifully designed, and the didactics lining the walls, along with the maps and labeling make this museum a marvellous teaching tool for young and old alike. Highest recommendations!
Written July 1, 2012
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Emeritus01
Sydney, Australia64 contributions
Couples
A really lovely museum tucked behind the clock tower Ioannina. Well arranged with excellent historical descriptions. Each gallery is In chronological order and display cases are beautifully lit with amazing objects.The Dordona gallery is fantastic with a great wall picture reconstruction of the site as well as amazing votive offerings and lead inscribed questions to the Sacred oak at the sanctuary of Zeus.Really first class museum.Only complaint was in cases with eg. "Cemetery finds from Archaic to Hellenistic period" there were descriptions of the objects but not their estimated date.
Written June 2, 2012
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