Venues of collective memory, museums are connected etymologically to the word "Muses", the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne and patrons of the arts. The term "museum" was adopted internationally to signify the venues that safeguard the history, culture, and customs of the nations and the peoples. A visit to the Museum of Mycenae completes the journey of initiation that begun at the archaeological site. There, the legend of the "abounding in gold" Mycenae is revealed in all its glory. The exhibits come from the excavations of the citadel, its surroundings and the overall region.

The modern museum was constructed at the foot of the hill of Mycenae and next to the citadel. The visitors are offered the opportunity to marvel the findings from very close. They are initiated to the life of the Mycenaeans, their burial rituals and the first use of the site until the end of prehistoric times and the beginning of historic times, depending on the building complexes. All the archaeological treasures of Grave Circles A and B are concentrated in the museum, also of the tholos tombs in the wider region of Mycenae.

The visitors are dazzled by gold grave goods, burial masks, jewellery, as well as weapons, worship idols, frescoes and by the historical information related to the archaeological sites. In this way, the glory and the power of the Mycenaean civilization that dominated and expanded in the world of that time are revealed.

The museum, having as its goal the initiation of students to this complicated ancient civilization, has developed special educational programs, as for example the one titled "The secret of a vessel". It aims at cultivating the collective memory by transforming history into an interactive study. Through this, the importance of archaeology in a modern world that is seeking its identity and its historical orientation is clearly understood.

Mycenaean frescoes

Who is the mysterious Mycenaean lady?

The Mycenaeans, as the Minoans who had influenced them, loved to decorate walls with colourful frescoes. Their love for the arts preserved to our days figures, customs and aesthetics, but also the secrets of their art. The world seemed inconceivable to them until frescoes made by the palace's painters gave it a pictorial dimension: male and female figures with elaborate hairstyles and attire, images of deities and scenes from ceremonial rituals, daily life, battles, hunts, performing spectacles, and decorative motives.

Many fragments of frescoes were discovered in the Palace of Mycenae as the "donkey headed demons" and the so-called "Lady of Mycenae", found in the High Priest's House in 1968.

Who is the Lady of Mycenae whose form travelled so far to reach us, many centuries from the time the artist that drew her lived? They presume she is a goddess, perhaps seated and a procession of women is walking towards her. The Goddess has just accepted the jewellery she is holding. It was offered, perhaps, in a pyxis or another vessel, or even hand to hand. Her form, inspired by the Mycenaean ladies of her time, was painted as a buon fresco.

The colours (black, red, blue, yellow and white) in pigments were diluted in water or calcimine and placed on the wet surface of the wall without a binding medium. But the problem of restoring a fragmented fresco is like solving a puzzle game with many of its pieces lost. Imagination and scientific knowledge are necessary elements to "guess" the artistic intentionality and also the purpose behind the work.

In the Lady of Mycenae, the first thing that was painted was the light-blue backdrop. Then, the red and yellow colours were added and lastly, the black of the hair and the outlines. The yellow colour of her blouse, in larger grains, was painted with wide brushes. A sketch, helped to a swift, but accurate execution with the use of stencils (prefabricated design outlines). In this manner, the motifs were consistent, a rarity and an impressive fact considering the early era in which they were used.


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Athens, a modern metropolis, a european capital, a nest for all the Mediterranean cultures. Athens, the meeting point of East and West, the harbor of everyone, who still loves passionately life! There are so many different ways to describe and analyse Athens, that any given effort to do a short depiction of the city is nothing but a try doomed to fail. Nevertheless, we will try to underline some of the main characteristics of the city of Athens. Visit Virtual Tour


Knossos was undeniably the capital of Minoan Crete and is the site of one of the most important and better known palaces of Minoan civilisation. Knossos was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning with a neolithic settlement sometime in the seventh millennium BC, and was abandoned after its destruction in 1375 BC which marked the end of Minoan civilization. It was damaged several times during earthquakes, invasions, and in 1450 BC by the colossal volcanic eruption of Thera, and the invasion of Mycenaeans who used it as their capital, while they were ruling the island of Crete until 1375 BC. Knossos was ruled by the dynasty of King Minos and is connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur. Visit Virtual Tour


Known from the Homeric myth, as the mythical island of Phaeacians where the shipwrecked Odysseus was soothed by princess Nausika, Corfu continues to welcome visitors from all around the world. Be a synchronous Odysseus and follow the new destination of YouGoCulture initiative. Having the Central Corfu and its old town which is in the list of the Unesco World Heritage Sites, a journey begins in the history, the traditions and the unique beauties of the island. Visit Virtual Tour


Situated in continental Greece on Mount Parnassus, Delphi was considered to be one of the most important cities of ancient Greece. It was believed to be home to the goddess Gaia, or Earth, and later to Apollo after slaying Gaia’s son, the snake Python. The Pythian games—similar to the Olympic Games—were held here every four years to honour Apollo’s slaying of the Python dragon. Visit Virtual Tour


A breath away from Athens, the birth place of Eleusinian Mysteries and goddess Demeter challenges you to explore it! Eleusis or Eleusina, as now known, one of the five sacred cities of antiquity enjoys the privilege of being located only thirty kilometers from the historic Athens. But let me refresh it! It could be the privilege of Athens to have so nearby a city full of life and history! Visit Virtual Tour


Even today’s visitors feel that they are in a sacred place as soon as they set foot in the Asklepieion of Epidavros. The place where healing was a religious mystery. The sick were cured by the god Asklepios in their sleep (enkoimesis) or received from him instructions on the therapy they should follow. From the sixth century BC until the end of antiquity, hosts of people resorted to the Sanctuary of Asklepios in expectation that their prayers for healing would be heard and answered by the god. These were patients and pilgrims who arrived there bringing precious votive offerings from all parts of the then-known world. Visit Virtual Tour


Peering over the plain of Argolis, up there from the heights of the acropolis, one comes to terms with the superiority of the Mycenaean civilization. It reached its heyday in the Late Bronze Age (1350 - 1200 BCE) and then disappeared, leaving to eternity its legendary acropolis, built on an inaccessible, rocky hill between two ravines. The footprints of the Atreidai, the mythical royal dynasty, are visible to today's visitor and inspire awe in an era like ours, in which myth meets the history of the most important period of the ancient world. Visit Virtual Tour

Ancient Olympia

What can be said of Olympia and not sound like a cliché? The significance of the archaeological site is self-evident, even if one is not familiar with the fascinating historical details and the political background, which literally span thousands of years. Known to the world as the cradle of the Olympic ideal, this open-air museum of imposing ruins and unique artefacts tells a story of religious piety, fair play, political ambition, and demonstration of power. All the buildings you can still admire were erected to please the gods and send a message to the thousands of visitors who swarmed to the sacred grounds. Walking around the Stadium, the Gymnasium and the Temples of Zeus and Hera – both instrumental in the ritual and competitive part of the Games – modern visitors will be able to understand why the event remained relevant even when the rest of the Ancient World was long dead. As an added bonus to the splendour of the site, the Museum of Olympia boasts some of the most famous works of art produced in the long course of Hellenic culture. Visit Virtual Tour


Travelling in the Messenian land from Mount Taygetus to the coast, our glance dives, following the sunlight dipping onto the Messenian plain. From the mountainous volumes to the fertile valley, the olive groves and herbs, we see a landscape of culture, myth, and history, unfold before our eyes. In the heart of the region of Messenia, one town stands out: Ancient Messene. This "blissful plain" as Homer calls it, became a theatre of war and mythical narrations offering a viewpoint on the past and the present. Visit Virtual Tour