Museums of Olympia, Greece

May 21, 2016

Before heading to our next destination we visited the Olympic Games Museum and the Archaeological Museum of Olympia. Rick Steves doesn’t have much of a write up for the Olympic Games Museum, which offers a great background of the history of the Games but the smallish museum is well documented with descriptions in multiple languages in every room.

Olympic Games Museum

Olympic Games Museum

Central hall of the museum taken in 1935

Olympic Games MuseumOlympic Games Museum

We next followed the Rick Steves guidebook tour of the archaeological museum. Another great self-guided experience through the myriad exhibits. The museum houses the great treasures taken from the archaeological site and gives you a sense of the splendor that this sanctuary once had. I especially liked the displays that showed how the temples were painted. We think of them as being covered in white marble but many were painted in vivid colors.

Archaeological Museum of Olympia - Model of the site as it was

Model of the archaeological site as it was

Archaeological Museum of Olympia - West Pediment of the Temple o

West Pediment of the Temple of Zeus

Archaeological Museum of Olympia - West Pediment of the Temple o

West Pediment of the Temple of Zeus

Archaeological Museum of Olympia - Nike of Paeonius - Statue of

Nike of Paeonius – Statue of Victory

Archaeological Museum of Olympia

Example of how the temples and monuments were painted

Archaeological Museum of Olympia - clay molds used for making ga

Clay molds used for making garment folds

Archaeological Museum of Olympia - Hermes of Praxiteles

Hermes of Praxiteles

Archaeological Museum of Olympia - Hermes of Praxiteles

Hermes of Praxiteles

Archaeological Museum of Olympia

Small bronze

Archaeological Museum of Olympia - Griffin - symbol of power in

Griffin – symbol of power in ancient Greece

Archaeological Museum of Olympia

Archaeological Museum of Olympia

Just as we were leaving the museum it started to pour and rained hard for about 20 minutes. The weather forecast was spot on. I was glad we had visited the ruins the day before. Sometimes it does pay to check the weather forecast.

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