The archaeological museum of Epidaurus is located within the Archaeological Site of the sanctum of Asclepius in Epidavros, that was the metropolis of all asclepei of the ancient world. It was built to house the many and important findings from the multi-year excavation of the Sanctum of Asclepius (1881-1928), which was conducted by archaeologist Panagis Kavvadias and the Archaeological Company.
Architecture of the Archaeological museum of Epidaurus
It is a long building, built between the ancient Theater and the rest of the sanctum of Asclepius, at the south part of the small torrent, its aesthetic successfully adjusted to the natural, classical scenery of the sanctum. The front and west sides, end up on two-story edges, in the shape of a double “T”. The Museum consists of the antechamber and two long halls. Moreover, at its south side, an additional shed was built later on, which houses a large number of inscriptions.
Exhibits of the Archaeological museum of Epidaurus
The exhibits of the Museum are dated back to the ancient and roman periods. The kinds of exhibits are varied and include inscriptions, medical tools, gutters from ancient buildings, antefixes, reliefs, statues of large size and many dedications of small size. It also includes large segments of important ancient buildings from the sanctum of Asclepius like Propylaia, the Temple of Asclepius, the Temple of Artemis, the Tholos of Epidaurus, as well as the important famous, unfinished Corinthian capital, found near the Tholos.
Casts of important statues are also exhibited at the Museum, such as Ygeia from the 4th century BC, Afroditi (roman copy), Asclepius (roman period), the pediments of the temple of Asclepius, the edges of the temple of Artemis, as well as reliefs, which are exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.
Aside all that, the Museum is especially important and original because of the exhibited segments of ancient buildings and is one of the most ancient Museums of Ancient Hellenic Architecture.