The Archaeological Museum of Mytilene will receive a dazzling new facelift

Archaeological Museum of Mytilene

The old Archaeological Museum of Mytilene will experience a facelift to host a new permanent exhibition that will complement the exhibition program of the New Archaeological Museum, located nearby.

The Archaeological Museum of Mytilene houses two buildings: the Paleo, a mansion on Argyri Eftalioti Street 7, where an antiquities exhibition was first hosted in 1967, and the New Building in the Kioski area, Proto Thema reported.

The property in Eftalioti (building with the estate and courtyard) was purchased in 1965 by the Ministry of Culture. It was the property of Vournazos, built in 1912 according to the plans of the great architect Vafiadis from Smyrna.

Archaeological Museum of Mytilene

The exhibition in the Old Building was inaugurated in 1991 and is the one that exists to this day.

The architectural program concerns the distribution of the functions on the ground floor and the two floors of the listed Old Building of the Archaeological Museum of Mytilene, in a total net area of ​​543 sq.m.

Based on this, exhibition spaces are placed on the first and second floors, totalling 219 sq.m.

The rest of the functions are grouped in visitor service areas on the ground floor, first and second floors (publishing office, reception and movement areas, cloakroom, display of items for sale, sanitary facilities) with a total area of ​​177 sq.m., auxiliary - storage areas, which occupy an area of ​​88 sq.m., areas of electromechanical installations, 47 sq.m., and administration areas of 12 sq.m.

Also, a 129 sq.m. refreshment area is planned. With an outdoor area of ​​287 sq.m. and sanitation of the Museum's existing environment (visitor corridors,

Archaeological Museum of Mytilene

Archaeological Museum of Mytilene

In the Old Building of the Archaeological Museum of Mytilene, the history of Lesvos unfolds from the final Neolithic period to the late Roman period.

The first floor of the mansion houses exhibits from the late Neolithic era (ceramics, tools and jewellery from the cave of Saint Bartholomew) as well as from the Bronze Age (tools and samples of pottery, coroplast, metalwork from prehistoric Lesbos, etc.).

In chronological order, the second floor of the Museum hosts objects from the 10th c., e.g. until the 4th c. A.D. (samples of Lesvian coroplastry, ceramics, burial sets, votives, gold jewellery, etc.).

In the two halls of the estate, architectural elements are exhibited, such as the unique Aeolian capitals from the temples of Klopedi,

"The preserved neoclassical mansion of the Vournazos family housed the Archaeological Museum of Mytilene from 1967 to 1985 and from 1990 to 2014, when its operation was suspended, due to significant damages and damages to the building," said the Minister of Culture Lina Mendoni.

"Our goal is the restoration of the building, its reorganisation so that it meets modern museum requirements, and the creation of a new permanent exhibition, which will showcase, in the best possible way, the history and cultural wealth of Lesbos, from the final Neolithic period until the late Roman period," she continued.

The culture minister added that "for the unimpeded access of the disabled, the installation of an independent, static elevator is foreseen on the northwest side of the building".

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