ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF PIRAEUS
This significant museum of Piraeus features a representative and complete picture of the history of the city which in ancient times flourished as the commercial centre of the Eastern Mediterranean and as a naval dockyard of ancient Athens. The museum is housed in a two storey building and there is also an outdoor archaeological site. Τhe exhibits cover important dates in the history of Piraeus, the demes of Attica (burgs of Athens or subdivision of Attica, the region surrounding Athens) and the islands of the Saronic Gulf, from Mycenaean times to the Roman era. Some of the exhibits are extremely rare, in particular the famous bronze statues, the impressive monument of Kallithea, the figurines from the Minoan sanctuary on the summit of Kythera and the Mycenaean sanctuary in Methana. You will also admire the oldest surviving cast statue in Greece, a kouros (statue of a young male) dedicated to the god Apollo, two statues of Artemis and a theatrical tragedy mask -all brass works dating from the 4th century B.C. The marble lion of Moshato, which was a funerary offering, is also exhibited here, as is the funerary monument of Nikiratos and a bronze ram 0.8 meters long from an Athenian trireme.
It is developed along the following themes which are structured chronologically so that the visitor can understand the development of the city, its importance and evolution during the various periods and its relationship with the history of Athens:
- Ancient Piraeus as a Naval Dockyard and Commercial Centre (1st floor entrance).
- Pottery and Private Life (1st floor, room 2)
- The Bronze statues of Piraeus (1st floor, rooms 3-4).
- Religious Life (1st floor, room 5).
- Morphological Development of the Sepulchral Monument (1st floor, room 6, ground floor rooms 7 and 8)
- Sculpture of the Hellenistic and Roman Period (ground floor, rooms 9-10).
The Theatre of Zea is located in the grounds of the Piraeus Archaeological Museum. It resembles the Theatre of Dionysus located at the foothills of Acropolis, but it was built later in the 2nd century BC. It was built entirely of stone from Piraeus peninsula. The foundations of the stage and backstage with orchestra and some of the galleries have come into light.
It is located in 31 Harilaou Trikoupi Str., in Piraeus peninsula.
General enquiries: + 30 210 4590731,+ 30 210 4521598. Open Tuesday-Sunday 08:00-15:00. Closed on Mondays.
At the entrance there are plans and maps with information on archaeological sites in Piraeus.