Archaeological Museum of Messenia

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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD8,099 contributions
We freely parked below the farmer’s market and with some difficulty and assistance walked 500 m south to find the 14th C Church of the Holy Apostles. While it was rebuilt, stone for stone after the 1968 earthquake, this museum was built new in 2009 and now displays artifacts from this province in a modern well marked manner. After paying $5 for 2 seniors, we strolled through finding its tomb relics from the 14th C BC, one of the largest preserved Mycenaean swords, beautifully carved grave stele and scores of 1st C votive figures.
Written April 11, 2022
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Onoufrios Dovletis
Athens, Greece97 contributions
Friends
One of the best museums of Greece for sure, giving visitors an overview of the Greek history, so it's not just an Archaeological Museum!
I've read comments about the museum bring a labyrinth; it is. In one room they practically recreated the geography of the region of Messinia, and that's why it might seem confusing. It's not the best decision for sure but it's something very innovative and interesting.
Definitely worth visiting!
Written December 20, 2018
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olympus h
greece81 contributions
Friends
- Location: A little outside of downtown close to the Cathedral. It takes 10-15 minute walk to downtown.
- Atmosphere: Pleasant.
- Duration of visit: 15-20 minutes.
- Exhibits description: There was plenty of accompanying information in English.
Parking: Although the parking area is limited there is no problem.

- Recommendation 1: Better to visit on foot.
- Recommendation 2: There are some restaurants, coffee and pastry shops within walking distance which are of a fair standard.

Written May 27, 2016
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Jos V
Athens, Greece5 contributions
Couples
One of the most terrible musea you can imagine. No effort whatsoever has been done to give the tourist a good picture of the historical finds. It's a labyrinth, made by someone who has no ability at all to enter the mind of the visitor. The most beautiful artifacts arranged in such a way that nothing leaves a mark. From Byzantine coins to Roman mosaics, from Mycenean pots to classical Greek sculptures, from middle age juwelry to prehistoric grave finds - it's a complete mess. This was the first museum ever I walked out off in pure anger. January 2016
Written January 30, 2016
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mashie44
Belgium134 contributions
Couples
I think Tripadvisor are confusing two attractions - the ancient town of Messenia with its museum, and the Kalamata museum in Kalamata.

Messenia is a beautiful site in lovely surroundings. Its museum is very good and has some excellent statues that show the work of one significant sculptor well -it's rare and interesting to know so much about an individual ancient artist. The site and museum are not in the town of Kalamata!

I previously reviewed the rather poor museum in central Kalamata - not really worth the bother to go. That review has ended up attached to the wrong museum as have other people's reviews.

Messenia - go, it is fantastic, beautiful, evocative, interesting. And quite a good cycle up to the top!

In contrast the museum in Kalamata is good for a rainy day maybe. Or for someone who cannot get to better small museums. Maybe interesting for children or if you don't know much about greek history and art and want an overview (but I recommend Nafplion for that)
Written August 22, 2015
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Ted C
Oak Park, IL9 contributions
If you want to move back in time to learn about the people, places, and achievements of the Messinians from 4000 B.C. to the Byzantine period, do not miss this place. After the earthquake in 1986 the central market center was converted to a museum. The layout allows for a quiet and personal journey through multiple pods of information. Each pod you walk into is loaded with artifacts while explaining the changing cultures and influences from specific geographic areas of Messina. I especially enjoyed reading and viewing about the transition of towns mentioned by Homer. This is not a place to see grand sculptures but rather a channel to uncover chronologic layers of living in Messinia.
Written September 14, 2019
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Claudia Țuclea
Bucharest, Romania21 contributions
Family
A single-level museum, near to the Church of St. Apostles. Quite weil organized, a lot of information to read. Numerous ancient artifacts.
Written September 10, 2019
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Mariaa70
Australia55 contributions
The archeological museum in housed in an old stately building in the old part of Kalamata. The exhibitions were beautifully set out and packed with information about the history of Messenia.
Written August 5, 2019
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Chronis_Papachristou
Athens, Greece129 contributions
Couples
The museum is located at the historic center of Kalamata,
The exhibition aims to display the antiquities of Messenia from the Prehistoric times until the Byzantine era. Reflecting the old geographical division of the prefecture into four provinces, Kalamata, Messene, Pylia, Trifylia, the exhibition unfolds in corresponding large geographical sections, which comprise the most important archaeological sites and representative antiquities, either from excavations or surface surveys, or occasionally from citizens. In order to "enter" into geographical sections, the visitor follows a main roadmap, which snakes among the displays and the exhibits in a way reminiscent of the Pamissos River, which runs through a large part of Messenia and pours into the Messenian Gulf. Secondary roads branch out from the main one, leading to the four sections, one for each province. Each section is a self-contained unit, and the visitor may opt to see part of the exhibition without following out the complete itinerary of the main road.
Written January 14, 2018
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Fabio Diglio
Valencia, Spain1,328 contributions
Solo
Driving 25 km from Kalamata, you can take this excursion to the ancient Messene.
The small Mavrommati Museum is now part of a major archeological site (entrance is free if you show the ticket from the main site), with the ruins of the large re-founded city-state of Messene.

The exhibits are very well presented.
In the museum, it is still displayed nowadays the Doryphoros of Polykleitos, famous in antiquity and known as the “kanon” for being the ideal image of a young man concerning the symmetry of a naked body.
Written December 7, 2015
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Archaeological Museum of Messenia is open:
  • Tue - Tue 1:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Wed - Mon 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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