The priceless statues and other findings, brought to light by the archaeological hoe in the area of Dion, are kept in the Archaeological Museum. It is housed in a building, at a distance of 500 m. from the entrance of the archaeological site of Dion. The first museum was built in 1931 at the expense of the Ministry of education, while in 1983 the modern building was erected.
The first official excavations in Dion, the holy city of the ancient Macedonians and one of the most famous Macedonian States, began just after the liberation of Macedonia from the Turks, but in 1973 Professor Dimitris Pantermalis was the one who lifted the greatness of the ancient city from the mud and oblivion.
On the ground floor, in a large hall, most of the museum’s collection is exhibited. The first section includes statues depicting the Asclepiades, findings from the great Thermes, the luxurious complexes of baths found in Dion and dating from the 2nd and 3rd centuries.
The second section includes the findings from the sanctuary of ISIS. The next contains findings from the sanctuary of Dimitra. The exhibition also includes findings from the sanctuaries of Asclepius, Dionysus and above all Olympian Zeus, funerary monuments and grave goods. Findings from the cemeteries of Olympus, tombstones, bronze figurines and other small items.
One of the most important exhibits of the museum is the hydravlis, one of the oldest known musical instruments. It dates back to the 1st cent. B.C. and it is the oldest of its kind that has been found to this day. It consists of copper tubes where compressed air was piped and thus the sounds were produced. It is the first keyboard instrument of antiquity and is a forerunner of the ecclesiastical organ of Western Europe.
On the 1st floor there are also indicative findings from excavations in ancient Pydna and other sites of archaeological interest in Pieria.
In the basement of the museum there is an exhibition organized in eight sections in such a way as to help the visitor to approach the daily life of the inhabitants of Dion. These sections relate to worship, transport, water supply, the use of fire, the carving of marble, the writing and the technique of Mosaic construction.
Tel: Archaeological Museum: 23510 53206