Delphi Museum is considered the third most important Archaeological Museum of local reference in Greece, along with the Acropolis and the Heraklion Museum. Delphi Museum attracts the visitors as it presents the findings and artifacts in association and reference with the actual site and its political and religious role.
Delphi Museum was originally built in 1903 based on the architectural plan made by French Architect Tournaire, but the building was too small and merged with a larger one built in 1938. New rooms and sectors were added in 1974, while recently there was a full restoration of the interior of the Museum and enhancement of the technological equipment used in the museum. The project was launched and managed by the Ministry of Culture in an effort to optimize conditions of preservation of the ancient findings and statues housed in the museum.
The Archaeological Museum of Delphi is dynamically built in the Sanctuary and features 13 rooms, all on the ground floor, that house some of the most important sculptures of the Antiquity, from the Archaic, Classic and Hellenistic Era, including the infamous Omphalos (Navel of the World), the Sphinx of Naxos, the Statue of Antinoos, the fragments and friezes of the Metopes of the Athenian Treasury, the head of Dionysus, two statues of Kouros named Kleovis and Viton (also known as Dioskouri or Twins of Argos) and above all, the renowned Eniochos of Delphi, the Charioteer of Delphi.
How to get to the Delphi Museum
Approaching the Delphi Museum from the archaeological site you will walk on a small path that stretches along several relics and tombs of the antiquity. Just before the entrance of the museum you can admire an impressive mosaic, which you can also admire from a particular viewing room just up the stairs of the museum.
Inside the Delphi Museum
The first room of the Delphi museum features the Delphic Tripod, used by the Oracle when communicating with God Apollo. There are also some pieces of armory in the room, mostly shields of immense size, which were actually used in the ancient years in Greece.
The Twins Kleovis and Viton are situated among other artifacts in the next rooms, but they cannot be missed, due to their size; the Twins of Argos or Dioskouri, as they are known, peer down all visitors who stand across them. They date back to the 6th century BC, at the transitional time between the Dedalic to Archaic Art.
The impressive collections of jewelries, items used by Pythia and the friezes depicting scenes from the Greek Mythology dominate the rooms of the Delphi Museum, while the room of the Athenian Treasury features the Navel of the World, the actual rock that was placed at the Sanctuary, at the exact spot considered the Center of the Antique World. The absolute protagonist of the museum is, though, the Charioteer of Delphi, the statue of [intlink id=”20″ type=”post”]Eniochos[/intlink], who occupies one room on his own.
Leaving the Delphi Museum
Leaving the room of Eniochos, you will walk towards the exit where you can find a large scale model depicting the archaeological site of Delphi as a whole and how it looked. The purpose is to trace the tour within the site, picturing it as the most sacred place of Ancient Greece.