Archaeological Museum of Patras, Patras

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The New Archaeological Museum of Patras is located in the city of Patras, Greece. It opened on July 24, 2009. The construction plans for the museum were initially announced by the then Minister of Culture, Melina Mercouri. However, the construction plans did not materialise until 2004.
Built on a 28,000m2 plot of land, with 8,000 square metres of interior spaces, it is the second-largest museum of Greece. The area surrounding the museum comprises a 500m2 pool, a shiny metallic dome and greenery. In the near future, the vacant land next to the museum will be turned into a cultural park.
It houses collections about the history of Patras and the surrounding area from prehistory to the end of Roman times. The museum was designed by the architect Mr. Theofanis Bobotis with an original cost of 21.5 million euros that ended up at a total of 25 million. It was originally planned to open in 2006, when Patras was the cultural capital of Europe, but despite the construction being ready, the structure remained empty, with the opening being delayed several times.
The museum has four thematic sections, three of which permanent and one periodic. From the three permanent, currently only two are open to the public with the third expected to be opened by the end of the year. The periodic section will be hosting various exhibitions around the year. According to the archaeologists of the 6th Antiquity Conservancy, the 70% of the items exhibited are seeing the light of day for the first time in the past thirty years. The museum is open daily from 8 am till 3 pm, except Monday; entrance is currently 4 euro (August 2011).
In all sections of the museum, there are projectors showing optical informative material, depending on the items exhibited.
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  • You can find here ancient exhibits from 15th century B.C until 2nd B.C. Friendly staff and beautiful environment that's you gone back to the history of Greek people. I recommend it for sure  more »
  • Although there has been a lot of work, the exhibitions are not being explained good enough for the visitors.  more »
  • It is an unforgettable experience in this museum... Full of amazing cultural elements that everyone should know. Great for families and young children
  • One of the most well-designed archeological museums covering ancient Greek and Roman times of the wider area of Achaia. Some of the Roman mosaics are true masterpieces! Certainly worth the visit!
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