Museum of the History of the Ancient Olympic Games Tours
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Adjacent to the UNESCO-listed site of Olympia, the Museum of the History of the Ancient Olympic Games follows the founding and development of the Olympic games. Displays exhibit sporting objects, sculptures, and artistic representations, and cover key events such as javelin throwing, chariot racing, and wrestling.
Combine a visit to the Museum of the History of the Ancient Olympic Games with trips to the adjacent Archaeological Museum of Olympia and the Ancient Olympia archaeological site; together, these attractions paint a vivid picture of Olympia in ancient times. To save hours of advance planning, visit on a day trip from Athens or as part of shore excursions from Katakolon Cruise Port. Many multi-day tours combine a visit to Olympia with other ancient sites such as Corinth, Delphi, Mycenae, and Epidaurus.
Things to Know Before You Go
- With more than 400 ancient artefacts, the Museum of the History of the Ancient Olympic Games is a must for sporting history buffs.
- Visitors under 18 go free, and the museum is wheelchair-accessible.
- Only put aside around 30 minutes to explore this small museum.
How to Get There
To get to the museum, take the train from Katakolon to Olympia. The journey takes about 45 minutes. The museum is about a 10-minute walk from the train station, and is near the coach parking area for Ancient Olympia.
When to Get There
This Museum of the History of the Ancient Olympic Games is open daily, though—as with the neighboring Archaeological Museum of Olympia—closes in mid-afternoon between November and March. During the summer months, is open from early morning to early evening; take advantage of these long opening hours by coming early or late in the day to avoid the midday rush.
The History of the Olympic Games
Olympia was the site of the ancient Olympic Games, which were held every four years from 776 BC. The games, which were held in honor or Zeus, saw athletes from various city-states assert their athletic superiority. The ancient Olympic games ceased in AD 393: some sources suggest that the event was banned by Christian Roman emperor Theodosius I, who wanted to eradicate paganism.
Address: Olympia, Greece
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With this tour you have a unique opportunity to visit the western Peloponnese, in the "Valley of Gods", lies the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece, and the birthplace of the most important athletic mega-event of all times; the Olympic Games. Olympia is one of the most well-known tourist destinations in Greece, under UNESCO's heritage and one of the most powerful brand names worldwide. You will walk through the impressive ruins of the area where athletes trained and run in the ancient stadium; just as the ancient Olympians did after their victory 3000 years ago. Also you will visit the museum and get the chance to see some unbelievable sculptures such as the sculpted decoration of the temple of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the famous Hermis of Praxiteles and the statue of Nike of Paionios. The duration of the tour is about 5 hours including a Licensed tour guide
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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