Archaeological Museum of Patras

Top choice museum in Patra

This fabulous museum, the country’s second largest, should be shouting its existence from its space-age rooftop. Its exhibits comprise regional objects from prehistoric to Roman times arranged across three vast themed halls: Private Life, Public Life and Cemeteries. The mosaics, the best around, are simply extraordinary. There are barnacle-encrusted amphorae, duck-shaped vessels, coin hoards, a gold ring decorated with a tiny phallus, oil lamps featuring erotic scenes, Mycenaean bronze swords from warrior burials and four skulls with funereal wreaths intact.