Even before work by the University of California had begun, it was apparent that a museum would be necessary so that finds could be housed, studied, preserved and exhibited. The museum opened in 1984 thanks to a donation from former Bank of America President, Rudolph A. Peterson. His example was followed by hundreds of private benefactors whose gifts made possible the excavations from 1973 to 2004.
Finds from the excavations of Nemea and from the wider region are beautifully displayed in the well-appointed museum. Visitors can learn about them from a wide range of educational material, including models, publications, labels and a wealth of audiovisual aids.
Here it is possible to see construction parts of ancient buildings, marble steles, coins, vessels and pottery, as well as the famous stolen jewellery from the Mycenaean tombs of Aidonia, which made the long journey home from New York, having been discovered on display there at an auction.
The small but representative Nemea Museum is worth visiting to appreciate once again the greatness and the achievements of our Greek ancestors.
The museum contains a collection of pictures of Nemea by travellers of the 18th and 20th centuries, coins of ancient visitors to Nemea, items related to the athletic activity on the site, prehistoric finds (pottery, tools, weapons etc.) from sites in the district of Nemea, pottery and jewellery from the Mycenaean cemetery at Aidonia and the settlement of Agia Eirene, architectural parts from monuments at Nemea and other sites, and a collection of inscriptions from Nemea, Phlius and Petri.
Full: €4, Reduced: €2
Valid for: Archaeological Museum of Nemea, Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea, Stadium of Nemea
Summer: 8:00 - 15:00
Source: www.opheltes.gr odysseus.culture.gr