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Archaeological Museum of Delos
Archaeological Museum of Delos

Archaeological Museum of Delos

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In Ancient Greek mythology, the tiny Cycladean island of Delos was the birthplace of Apollo and his twin sister Artemis; in thanks for the safe delivery their mother vowed to make the island the richest community in Greece. And so it came to pass.

Delos was first colonized in around 1100 BC as a sanctuary to Apollo. By 456 BC the island was under Macedonian control and many of the surviving monuments of this vast, open-air museum date from that era, as its community of 25,000 people became a powerful trading port in the eastern Mediterranean. However, Delos lost its strategic importance in the first century BC and was gradually abandoned.

Excavations began there in 1873 and one of the wonders of the ancient world was unearthed from the UNESCO-listed site covering 235 acres (95 hectares) — only 62 acres (25 hectares) have been uncovered so far — of temples, sanctuaries, villas, palaces, amphitheaters and baths. The most famous of the Delos ruins is the Terrace of Lions, a row of marble lions that guarded Apollo’s sanctuary. Today nine replicas stand in their place, while five originals are found in Delos Archaeological Museum, which has nine galleries displaying finds from the archaeological excavations including mosaics, fragments of marble and stone torsos and heads as well as ivory and bronze reliefs, all dating from the seventh to the first century BC. As well as the marble lions, highlights of the collection include a bronze mask of Dionysos, wall paintings depicting boxing matches and great feasts, and a giant marble statue of Apollo. Considering this is one of the most important classical sites in the world, there is little interpretive information among the Delos ruins, so visit the museum first for an understanding of the history and importance of the island.

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Open daily Apr–Oct 8am–8pm; Nov–Mar 8am–3pm
Delos, Delos, Cyclades, Greece, 846 00
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Delos Tour from Mykonos

Delos Tour from Mykonos

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Our Delos Tour from Mykonos visits the island that is believed to be the birthplace of Apollo and was one of the most sacred places of ancient Greece.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Mykonos Sail Cruise to Delos&Rhenia, BBQ&Drinks, optional Delos Tour & Transfer

Mykonos Sail Cruise to Delos&Rhenia, BBQ&Drinks, optional Delos Tour & Transfer

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Indulge in the ultimate day of fun in the sun on this all-inclusive, full-day sailing trip to ancient Delos island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You also stop in scenic Rhenia Island for a refreshing swim and snorkeling session in sparkling, sun-dappled waters. A freshly prepared BBQ lunch is included, and you can upgrade to include door-to-door hotel transfers.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Delos Day Trip from Mykonos

Delos Day Trip from Mykonos

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Ride the ferry from Mykonos to Delos with a local guide who shares expert knowledge about the UNESCO World Heritage–listed island. Unveil the drama of Delos during this half-day walking tour through the excavated ruins of its main archaeological site. See the Terrace of the Lions, House of Dionysus, Archaeological Museum of Delos and more as you learn about the sacred isle’s place in Ancient Greek history. Meet at the port or upgrade to include pickup from Mykonos hotels.
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Archaeological Museum of Delos hours of operation: Open daily Apr–Oct 8am–8pm; Nov–Mar 8am–3pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Archaeological Museum of Delos can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 3 Archaeological Museum of Delos tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Archaeological Museum of Delos costs USD 92.75. Guided Archaeological Museum of Delos tours start around USD 92.75 per person. See all 3 Archaeological Museum of Delos tickets and tours on Viator.