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Aphrodite of Milos  

Archaeological Museum

Archaeological Museum, Milos

The Archaeological Museum of Milos is situated at the entry of Plaka, capital of Milos.
 
It is housed at a neoclassical building of the 19th century, designed by the German architect Ernst Ziller.
 
Archeological excavation and research indicate that there are two basic periods of great acme in Milos.
 
The first, during the prehistoric period (3rd & 2nd millennium BC) having the town of Phylakopi as its main center and the second, during the first millennium BC and the first centuries AD, having Klima as its center.


During both of these periods the island reached high levels of financial, political, social and commercial growth and bequeathed us with remarkable architecture and arts.
 
Many of the artworks of the period are today exhibited in foreign museums, as the statue of Aphrodite of Milos (Louvre museum) while others are displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Athens, as pottery, a prehistoric wall painting from a mansion of Phylakopi, an archaic “Kouros”, a classical marble head of a goddess -possibly Aphrodite-, a grandiose Hellenistic Poseidon etc.

Archaeological Museum, Milos


Significant works are also exhibited at the museum of Milos, which provide a good idea of the various artistic styles developed during both the prehistoric and the historical period, and inform us of everyday life and activities, architectural and burial customs.
 
In the entry room (Room Α’) is displayed a topographical plan of the town of Phylakopi, together with a short historical overview as well as the oldest relics of the period, a collection of obsidian remains. A replica of the statue of Aphrodite of Milos is also exhibited in this room.
 
Room B’ displays prehistoric artifacts from the 5th to the 2nd millennium BC.
 
Room C’, a small room opposite to the entrance, exhibits artifacts of the geometric, archaic, classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods.


Art works in Room D’, to the right, originate from the old town of Klima. Melian script, marble offerings and burial sculpture of the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
 
The Melians during the historical period reached big acme and developed their own alphabet, known as the “Melian alphabet” which had 21 letters and was used till the end of the archaic period (416 BC) when the city was seized by the Athenians, during the Peloponnesian war, causing its abrupt downfall.
 
 
 
 


ARCAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Daily 8:00-15:00 except Mondays
Admission 3€, Adults over 65 2€
Admission free for Students & Children up to 10 years old

tel. 22870-21620

Plaka, Milos

Archaeological Museum, Milos


   
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