Greece Building a Museum of Underwater Antiquities in Piraeus

The Council of Museums gave a unanimous positive opinion on the architectural, static and electromechanical preliminary designs, the museographic preliminary design and the modification of the building program of the Museum of Underwater Antiquities, on the Annual Coast of Piraeus. In this way begins the transformation of the industrial building of Silo – in the area of ​​PPA – into a pioneering Museum of Underwater Antiquities, which will highlight the treasures of the Greek seas, being an emblematic cultural landmark for the largest port in the country.

The Minister of Culture and Sports, Lina Mendoni, after the positive opinion stated the following: Recovery Fund, is in the process of implementation. The unique wealth of the Greek seas acquires, in the old building of Silo, which since the mid-30s has connected its presence with the history of Piraeus, its ideal place of hospitality. The building of Silo is the most suitable place to house the numerous and already preserved underwater finds, which remain for years in the warehouses of the competent Ephorate of Antiquities. The main purpose of the creation of the Museum of Underwater Antiquities is to highlight the relationship of our country with the sea and the Greek culture in its long history through the findings of our seas. There are few museums in the world that exhibit exclusively marine antiquities. It is obvious that the Museum can introduce Piraeus to the international cultural destinations “.

The Museum of Underwater Antiquities will house finds lifted from all the Greek seas: Statues, sculpture sections, trading instruments, hulls and ship equipment accessories, weapons tools, inscriptions, toiletries, utensils and table ceramics, tools and a variety of objects, objects , searches and excavations, but also voluntary surrenders of individuals or seizures.

The Museum of Underwater Antiquities will offer the visitor the experience of diving in the past, with stations in time, sunken settlements, shipwrecks, ship models, hulls and cargoes of merchant ships, maps and diagrams, digital applications and projections, while special emphasis will be given to educational actions and programs.

With the planned new addition, the facilities of the Museum will exceed 13,000 sq.m., which are distributed in exhibition spaces for permanent and periodic exhibitions, in spaces for educational programs and scientific activities (amphitheater, library, multimedia), maintenance laboratories, places to provide services to guests (reception, cloakroom, shop, refreshment room, restaurant, doctor’s office), administration offices.

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