The Museum includes findings of the excavations conducted by the Archaeological Society in ancient Messene. These originally date from 1895 by Themistokles Sofoulis , George Oikonomou (1905 and 1926), Anastasios Orlandos (1957-1975) and Petros Themelis (from 1986 to today). The museum was built between 1968 to 1972 on the western side of the village of Mavromati, on property donated by the D.Latzounis.
Extensive construction and restoration activity has taken place during the years 1992-1996. The Museum extends on two levels and bears a simple architectural character . The first floor comprises three exhibition halls and balcony whereas the storage rooms are located on the ground level. Architectural fragments and inscribed limestone slabs are exhibited in the open square-court of the Museum and the sheltered areas.
Opening hours of the Museum and the Archaeological Site of Ancient Messene:
From the 1st of November until the 31st of March: 9:00 a.m. - 16:00 p.m. daily
From the 1st of April until the 31st of October: 8:00 a.m. - 20:00 p.m. daily
1 January: closed
25 March: closed
Easter Sunday: closed
25 December: closed
26 December: closed
Archaeological Site and Museum of Ancient Messene
Special ticket package: Full: €12 Reduced: €6
Archaeological Site and Museum of Ancient Messene, Kalamata Castle, Archaeological Museum of Messenia (Kalamata), Mourtzinoi Museum (Kardamyli):
Full: €15 Reduced: €8 valid for 3 days