Epidaurus Archaeological Museum, Epidavros

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Archaeological Museum of Epidaurus is a museum in Epidaurus, in Argolis on the Peloponnese peninsula, Greece. The museum, noted for its reconstructions of temples and its columns and inscriptions, was established in 1902 and opened in 1909 to display artifacts unearthed in the ancient site of Epidaurus in the surrounding area.
The ancient site of Epidaurus was dedicated to healing and the gods Apollo and Asklepios. The oldest area of the site is a Mycenaean sanctuary dedicated to a healing goddess, which stands on the Kynortion hill; it was founded in the sixteenth century BC on a ruined settlement of the Early and Middle Bronze Age (2800-1800 BC). It lasted until the eleventh century BC, and then in about 800 BC it was rededicated to Apollo and the area is now known as the Apollo sanctuary.
The other main sanctuary, the Asclepeion sanctuary of Epidaurus, was first studied by the French Scientific Expedition of the Peloponnese in 1829. In 1870, Panagiotis Kavadias of the Greek Archaeological Society began excavating the site, and over the decades that followed discovered an extensive array of artifacts. The bulk of the collection was unearthed mostly by Karvadias in two main sanctuaries of Asklepios and Apollo in Epidaurus, the older sanctuary of Apollo Maleatas on Mt. Kynortion and the later Asclepeion in the plain. The Asclepeion, the larger of the sanctuaries was known for its healing rituals and for hosting sports.The size of the partial reconstructions of the most important monuments of the Asklepeion and growing collection meant that between 1902 and 1909, Kavadias built the Museum of Epidaurus to store the finds. The sculptures which had been transferred directly to the National Archaeological Museum of Athens were replaced by plaster casts to display in the museum. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Epidaurus Archaeological Museum by using our Epidavros trip itinerary website.
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  • Small nice museum onsite at the Epidaurus Theatre. Some cool things inside that won't take but 10 minutes to see (it's only a few rooms inside). Most of what was taken from this place is on display....  more
    Small nice museum onsite at the Epidaurus Theatre. Some cool things inside that won't take but 10 minutes to see (it's only a few rooms inside). Most of what was taken from this place is on display....  more »
  • The small museum is a nice addition to the archeological site. Unfortunately the space is limited and the artifacts displayed are nice but not great. The museum could do with maybe a new built etc. 
    The small museum is a nice addition to the archeological site. Unfortunately the space is limited and the artifacts displayed are nice but not great. The museum could do with maybe a new built etc.  more »
  • This is a very nice small museum containing artifacts discovered in the ruins of Epidaurus. It contains interesting examples of early surgical tools and instruments, as well as sculptures. Entry is.....  more
    This is a very nice small museum containing artifacts discovered in the ruins of Epidaurus. It contains interesting examples of early surgical tools and instruments, as well as sculptures. Entry is.....  more »
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  • Very small museum with little/confusing information. The first room is probably the most interesting where the ancient medical tools are displayed, along with giant stone tablets on health care during that time.
  • Epidaurus is an ancient ancient sanatorium and sanctuary of the ancient god Asclepius (Roman Aesculapius). It is known for its open-air theater with outstanding acoustics, the largest in Greece. The museum is small and houses the findings of the surrounding sites.
  • Not as impressive as some other museums, but incredibly impressive still.
  • Epidaurus Archaeological Site & Museum. Historical amphitheatre, and artifacts in the museum that are well preserved and some restored to simulate original appearance. The museum, is also known for its columns and inscriptions. Peloponnese, Greece #EpidaurusArchaeologicalSite #EpidaurusTheatre #Peloponnese #Greece
  • The museum is realy small and highly neglected. It's collection has been plundered from the national museum in Athens leaving mostly replicas behind. Its exhibition is very old fashioned and a bit confusing. The museum collection has some great building parts from the roofs of the ancient temples of the area that are really impressive. But although the museum has its problems the archaeological site is one of the top sites in Greece. The ancient theatre is huge and well preserved (athens theater festival is hosted every summer there). And the remains of the buildings and the temples are really interesting and nicely presented. An UNESCO world heritage site Entrance 12€ and 6€ reduced ticket. Under 18 and eu students for free

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