Archaeological Museum of Pella, Pella

The Archaeological Museum of Pella (Greek: Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Πέλλας) is a museum in Pella in the Pella regional unit of Central Macedonia. The building was designed by architect Kostas Skroumpellos and is on the site of the ancient city of Pella. It was completed in 2009 with the support of the Greece's Third Community Support Framework.

It is situated near the archaeological site of the ancient Macedonian palace. The building has a rectangular atrium, as a reference to the central peristyle courtyard of ancient houses in Pella.

The information section provides texts, photographs, maps, drawings a model of the archaeological site and a short video about Pella. In the entrance there are two important exhibits: A head considered a portrait of Alexander the Great and a statuette with the characteristic attributes of the god Pan.

The daily life of Pella is the first thematic group of the exhibition. The most important exhibits are the mosaic floors from the Houses of Dionysus, and of the Abduction of Helen from the House of the Wall Plasters. The excavation finds provide much information about daily life in ancient Pella (restoration of furniture and models, cloths, etc.)

The second thematic group is about public life in Pella. The finds come from excavations in the Agora and are related to the city's administration (coins, inscriptions, sculpture), the production and commerce (vases for transporting wines terracotta figurines, equipment from pottery).

The third thematic group consists of mosaics from Pella’s sanctuaries (the sanctuaries of Darron, the Mother of Gods and Aphrodite, the Thesmophorion), and other findings as inscriptions, vases, metal objects.

The fourth thematic group is the findings from the city’s cemeteries. There are burials from the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, Geometric and Archaic periods (9th-6th BC centuries), the Classical era (5th-4th BC centuries), and the Hellenistic period (3rd, 2nd BC centuries). The findings give information about the language of the residents (Doric Greek language), the funeral customs etc.

The last grouping is the palace gallery and presents information about the architectural form of the palace, and the life and personality of Alexander the Great.
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  • A very good museum, with excellent collections from the excavations at Pella, including 1:1 pictures of mosaics that were left in situ at the site. Clear and useful explanations on the exhibits...  more »
  • A new excellent museum in Macedonia,stating the history of norhern Greece ,a place that offered a lot in the world's history.We suggest you prior the visit of the museum to visit the archeological...  more »
  • Lovely museum, clean and well-maintained. The beautiful archaeological pieces are also partly reconstructed and efficiently put in their context. The only problem was the air conditioning not working.
  • New stylish building, I went on a free day in May & still not that busy, which is a real shame. All the pieces laid out in a spacious fashion so easy to appreciate. Incredible gold funerary pieces (pics allowed), mosaics from the site, daily life artifacts - just a real nice mix. Definitely combine with the Archeological site about 5 min drive away. I’m really amazed that this place is not visited more. This is Pella, ancient Capital of Macedonia and birthplace of Alexander the Great! Amazing history!
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