Museum of Ancient Messini

The Museum of Ancient Messini is located near the archaeological site of Ancient Messini, 500 meters away from the village center of Mavrommati.

It is a small two-storey building with three rooms for exhibits, all on the first floor. Among the sculptures of the collection of the Museum of Ancient Messini are the satellite of Polykleitos, Artemis Lafria, Hermes in type of Andros-Farnese and parts of sculptures of Messinian Damofontas.

The Satellite was discovered in 1995 at the Gymnasium of Messini and belongs to a big group of precise copies of the type of satellite of Polykleitos, which are currently exhibited in various museums worldwide. The copy of the Museum of Ancient Messini is a work of excellent quality, which has been dated back to the time of Augustus. Regarding the depicted person, others have said that it is Achilles, while others argue that it is Theseus.

Hermes in type of Andros-Farnese is work of the 1st century AD and is a marble statue found in 1996 on the west portico of Gymnasium, which is identical to a sculptural type found elsewhere too.

The statue of Artemis Lafria having a  height 1.34m depicts the goddess with her right hand raised, in order to take the arrow from her quiver.

We can also see archtectural parts and inscribed pedestals in the patio of the Museum of Ancient Messini and in its pavilions.

The lists of the Museum of Ancient Messini include more than 12,000 findings, actually a huge number, considering the limited exhibition space.

The Museum of Ancient Messini remains one of the most remarkable in the area and the visit there sheds light on important aspects of the historical past of the area.

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