Corinth was a long and rich history that can be explored when visiting the Archaeological Museum of Corinth. Here you can find exhibits brought to light by archaeologists showcasing the legacy and culture of ancient Corinth.
The Museum was built in the 1930s, inside the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth based on a plan by W. Stuart Thompson. About 20 years later a new section was added to the Museum by the same architect.
Exhibits of the Archaeological Museum of Corinth
The Archaeological Museum of Corinth is one of the richest and most interesting museums of the Greek province. Through the exhibits, visitors have the opportunity to experience the long history of the glorious city and the entire Corinthian Prefecture. They can see the artistic evolution from the Neolithic period until the medieval times, the years of prosperity and decline, the richer times and its fall. The exhibits reflect the Corinthian art and reveal the unique structure and complexity of the Corinthian community, a community widely known for being a significant commercial center, influenced by various cultures and tendencies.
In the historic times hall, visitors can find some of the most remarkable works of Greek civilization from the early Geometric period, approximately 1000 B.C. The hall not only includes objects from the Geometric period, but also early Corinthian jars, like aryballos, the favorite jar of the Corinthians.
Another significant part of the Corinthian history, the Roman Times, occupies a separate hall, where sculptures that date back to the 1st century B.C. and others from the subsequent years can be found.
The collections include mosaic floors, the most characteristic one, depicting two vultures feasting on a horse. It is considered to be the oldest one in Greece since it dates back to 400 B.C. Moreover, three more mosaic floors that used to decorate a roman mansion of that time from the 2nd century A.D. are exhibited. Through the atrium and the museum’s passageway visitors reach the small hall of the shrine dedicated to god of healing, Asclepius (Asclepeion).
The effigies of body parts that date back to the 4th century are exhibits of exceptional beauty and interest. The statues, the sculptures, and the inscriptions are only a part of the wide variety of archaeological findings in this well-structured museum. Recently, two Kouroi (life size or larger ancient Greek statues of young men) from the area of Tenea, were added to the Museum exhibits. These two statues are of similar style to the “Apollo” of Tenea, located in the famous Glyptothek in Munich.