The Archaeological Museum of Samos is a remarkable institution that showcases the rich cultural heritage of the island. Located in the town of Vathy, it is housed in two buildings and is a testament to the island’s historical significance and offers visitors a fascinating journey through time.
The museum houses a diverse collection of artifacts, spanning several millennia of Samian history. From prehistoric times to the Roman era, visitors can admire a wide range of archaeological treasures, including pottery, sculptures, jewelry, and ancient coins. Each exhibit tells a story, shedding light on the art and daily life of the ancient Samians.
The Archaeological Museum of Samos has very interesting collections of sculptures of the archaic period, pottery of all periods, as well as several ivory and wooden objects, several Archaic “kore” (statues of young girls) and numerous miniature items.
Among the most important exhibits is the big “kouros” (statue of young boy), of a height of some 5,50 meters, made in Ionian style and dated in the first quarter of the 6th century b.c. Its imposing presence captivates viewers, showcasing the remarkable craftsmanship of the ancient sculptors.
The museum’s exhibits are thoughtfully curated and provide a comprehensive understanding of Samos’ cultural evolution. They are regularly updated and accompanied by informative displays, offering a deeper appreciation for the island’s rich heritage.
Visiting the Archaeological Museum of Samos is a must for history enthusiasts and culture seekers. It is a place where the past comes alive, allowing visitors to connect with the island’s fascinating archaeological treasures and gain valuable insights into the ancient world.
Full: €4, Reduced: €2
Free admission days
6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
18 April (International Monuments Day)
18 May (International Museums Day)
The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st
1 January: closed
25 March: closed
Good Friday: 12:00 – 17:00
1 May: closed
Easter Sunday: closed
25 December: closed
26 December: closed
* There are not facilities for people with physical disabilities