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Archaeological Museum of Olympia Tours

Archaeological Museum of Olympia
At this museum, a collection of objects unearthed from Ancient Olympia—where the very first Olympic Games were held in 800 BC—help you gain a better understanding of the adjacent ruins. Museum highlights include statues recovered from temples, carved pediments, votive offerings, and a scale model of Olympia. 

The Basics
Olympia is one of the most important archeological sites in Greece, so there’s no shortage of options for visiting. Day trips depart from Athens, Zakynthos, Costa Navarino, Nafplio, Katakolon Cruise Port and beyond, and typically include round-trip transfers and lunch. Most tours combine a visit to the UNESCO-listed complex with a trip to the Archaeological Museum of Olympia. Many multi-day tours of Greece make stops at Olympia and other important classical sites such as Delphi, Mycenae, and Epidaurus. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • As one of the most important history museums in Greece, the Archaeological Museum of Olympia is a must for travelers with an interest in the classical world. 
  • There is a gift shop, café, and restrooms at the museum.
  • The museum features English signage. 
  • The ground floors of the museum are accessible to both wheelchairs and strollers. 

How to Get There
The museum is situated just north of the Ancient Olympia archaeological site. Rail services run between Katakolon and Olympia train station, which is just a 5-minute walk from the museum. 

When to Get There
The museum opens daily, but closes in mid-afternoon from November to March. The museum is typically less busy than the archaeological site, though it still draws crowds, especially during peak season (June-September). Get there close to morning opening or later in the day to avoid peak crowds. 

Highlights of the Collection
The Archaeological Museum of Olympia’s astounding collection includes a wide range of ancient objects, from cauldrons and bowls to statues depicting Zeus, Ganymede, and other figures from Greek mythology. There’s also frieze-adorned fragments of buildings, including a pediment from the Temple of Zeus. Among the most famous items displayed here is the marble statue Hermes and the Infant Dionysus, which is attributed to the renowned classical sculptor Praxiteles. 
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Katakolon Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Ancient Olympia, Archeological Site and Archeological Museum

Katakolon Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Ancient Olympia, Archeological Site and Archeological Museum

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When you’re in port in Katakolon, visit Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, on this private shore excursion. With a private guide, travel to this famous archaeological site and explore the ruined ancient stadium, athletes’ training areas, and other monuments associated with the games, first held in 776 BC, as well as relics such as the Temple of Zeus. Hear about the games’ history; visit the Archaeological Museum to see the statues and artifacts excavated here; and enjoy free time in modern Olympia before your return to Katakolon.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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US$398.56
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US$398.56
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Private Tour:Olympia Museum & Archaeological Site from Katakolon Port

Private Tour:Olympia Museum & Archaeological Site from Katakolon Port

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Experience the birthplace of the Olympics on this half-day private excursion. After a convenient port pickup, cruise through the Peloponnesian countryside and admire vineyards, olive groves, and the region’s gorgeous coastline. Learn about the ancient Olympic archaeological site from an informative guide as you explore the Temples of Zeus and Hera, the Gymnasium, Stadium, and Archaeological Museum of Olympia.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$476.80
per group
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US$476.80
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Accessible Tour Katakolon Port, Ancient Olympia Archaeological Site and Museum

Accessible Tour Katakolon Port, Ancient Olympia Archaeological Site and Museum

Embark your special vehicle and start your driving to Ancient Olympia. Now that Athens has hosted the 2004 Olympic Games, join us in reliving the wonder and thrill of the original Olympic Games, which were held from 776 BC to 393 AD as you explore the ruins of the great monuments. Enter the famous archeological site of Olympia and marvel at the Temple of Zeus, which once housed the Golden and Ivory statue of Zeus (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) and the original Stadium and Bouleuterion, unique in history, where once competitors swore an oath to confirm to the rules. Follow your guide and walk a short distance in order to visit the world famous Archeological Museum of Olympia where you can admire, amongst many priceless exhibits, the marble statues of the Temple of Zeus and the unique statue of Hermes, carved by the ancient Greek sculptor Praxiteles. Afterwards, enjoy a short stop at the town of Olympia where free time will be given before returning back to the ship.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$480.43
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US$480.43
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Olympia Site and Museum Experience Private Tour

Olympia Site and Museum Experience Private Tour

Ancient Olympia, the archaeological site of the first Olympic Games, in 776 B.C., lies in the lush valley formed by the Alfios river. There is a temple of Zeus which in antiquity was housing one of the 7 wonders of the Ancient world, the gold and ivory statue of Zeus, which Phedias had created.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$212.45
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US$212.45
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Katakolon and Olympia Shore Excursion (4 seated car)

Katakolon and Olympia Shore Excursion (4 seated car)

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Explore Katakolon and Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, and skip the long queues on this privately-guided excursion. Take in the stunning Grecian coastline, and walk roads once frequented by classical-era athletes and statesmen. Choose between a trip to a local honey producer - topped off by delicious pancakes with homemade honey - or take a guided tour of an olive farm followed by a cooling beach swim.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$294.82
per group
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US$294.82
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Private Olympia Highlights 4hrs Private Tour

Private Olympia Highlights 4hrs Private Tour

Experience some of ancient Greece’s top attractions on this half-day guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, visit landmark sites like the Temple of Zeus, the Altar of Hera, the Shrine of Pelops, and the Olympic gymnasium and stadium. Stop by the site’s archaeological museum and marvel at amazing ancient sculptures and artifacts.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$482.84
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US$482.84
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Olympia and Kourouta Beach Escape

Olympia and Kourouta Beach Escape

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Take a break from the cruise ship crowds on a private tour to Olympia and Kourouta Beach. The excursion is a great option for history buffs, beach bums, and families alike. Private transportation whisks you away from the port and delivers you to Olympia, where you can explore the UNESCO listed archaeological site at your own pace. Then enjoy a full two-hours to enjoy the sun and surf at Kourouta Beach.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$201.86
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US$201.86
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Private Olympia tour (4.5 hours)

Private Olympia tour (4.5 hours)

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Departing from the port with your private vehicle and driver you will travel through the rich countryside to Olympia, where you will embark a guided tour of the archaeological site and museum. In the archeological site, among several other remains of important buildings, you will see the gymnasium and the palaestra, the round Philipeion, the workshop of Phidias where the gold and ivory statue of Zeus was built, the temples of Zeus and Hera, the altar where the Olympic torch is being lit in the modern days and the ancient Olympic stadium. In the archeological museum are housed finds things were excavated from the archeological site. Bronze and clay offerings, armor, vases, the tools and cup of Phidias, the gorgeous Hermes by Praxiteles, the Nike by Paeonios and the very impressive classical statues from the pediments of the temple of Zeus etc. After all that you can have a short break in the modern town of Olympia for coffee or shopping and then you will be returned back to the port.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$337.99
Price varies by group size
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Ancient Olympia from Nafplion

Ancient Olympia from Nafplion

We start our tour by transferring you from Nafplion to Olympia. Our first stop is a visit to the ancient stadium where the Olympic Games took place. Here, we will also explore the sanctuary of Zeus, which housed one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, a 13.5 meter golden statue of the god, made by Phidias. Continuing on our tour, we will then visit the archaeological museum, where we will see outstanding findings of over 400 exhibits and see the amazing Hermes of Praxiteles. We will walk through the beautiful surrounding areas with beautiful buildings and temples that depict the beauty, harmony and balance of ancient Greek art. At the end of the tour, we will have free time to enjoy a coffee or a meal at the nearby local cafes and restaurants. Our tour finishes with our return transfer to Nafplion.
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  • 7 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$261.00
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US$261.00
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Classical Olympia Private Tour

Classical Olympia Private Tour

Tour the ruins of Olympia with an archeologist & get the inside scoop on ancient life. Also, you'll visit the place where the Olympic Flame is ignited every four years for the modern Olympic Games and you will walk in the world’s first stadium and let this place come to life with real stories
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$211.24
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US$211.24
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Katakolon – Ancient Olympia // Shore excursion

Katakolon – Ancient Olympia // Shore excursion

Visit with us the highlights of this historical place, such as the archaeological site, including the original ancient Olympic games stadium and the unique archaeological museum . After your tour enjoy some free time in the town of Katakolon.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$51.91
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US$51.91
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Private local tour of the archaeological site and museum of Olympia

Private local tour of the archaeological site and museum of Olympia

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Once in Olympia, the highlights to visit are the Archeological Museum also called the New Museum and the Archeological site. In the archeological site, among several other remains of important buildings, you will see the gymnasium and the palaestra, the round Philipeion, the workshop of Phidias where the gold and ivory statue of Zeus was built, the temples of Zeus and Hera, the altar where the Olympic torch is being lit in the modern days and the ancient Olympic stadium. In the archeological museum are housed all finds that were excavated from the archeological site. Bronze and clay offerings (tripods and figurines), armor, vases, the tools and cup from Phidias's workshop, the gorgeous Hermes by Praxiteles, the Nike by Paeonios and the very impressive and very well preserved classical statues from the pediments of the temple of Zeus etc.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$175.03
Price varies by group size
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US$175.03
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Ancient Olympia Day Trip from Costa Navarino

Ancient Olympia Day Trip from Costa Navarino

Imagine the energy and excitement of the original Olympic Games with a private, full-day tour from Costa Navarino to ancient Olympia. Travel to the Western Peloponnese and back in time to 776 BC, when ancient Greeks first began the celebrated sporting tradition that continues to captivate the world every four years. Tour the major monuments of the archaeological site, including the former gymnasium, stadium, hotel, crypt, and Temple of Zeus, and explore history and artifacts of the early games at the renowned Olympia Museum.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$564.92
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US$564.92
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