Delphi Museum

Delphi Museum information

Prices
adult site or museum €6, adult/student combined €9/5
Opening hours
9am-4pm summer, 8am-2.45pm winter
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From around the 8th century BC, Ancient Delphi managed to amass a considerable treasure trove, much of it reflected in its magnificent museum.

Upon entering the museum, you’ll first notice (in room 5) the Sphinx of the Naxians , dating from 560 BC. Also residing here are well-preserved parts of the frieze from the Siphnian treasury, which depicts not only the battle between the gods and the giants, but also the Judgment of Paris (far-left corner as you enter), who was called upon to decide which goddess was most beautiful (he chose Aphrodite). In room 3 are two fine examples of 6th-century BC kouroi (statues of young men), the ‘twins of Argos’.

In the rooms to the left are fragments of metopes (figures within the frieze) from the Athenian treasury depicting the Labours of Hercules, the Exploits of Theseus and the Battle of the Amazons (room 7). Further on you can’t miss the tall Acanthus Column of Dancers (room 11), with three women dancing around its top. Next to it is the omphalos, a sculpted cone that once stood at what was considered the centre of the world. In the end room is the celebrated, life-size Bronze Charioteer, which commemorates a victory in the Pythian Games of 478 or 474 BC.