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Archaeological museum opens its doors at Pella

New state-of-the-art facility bigger, much more user-friendly than older version By John Leonard

A new archaeological museum at the ancient Macedonian site of Pella was officially opened on September 10, 2010, by Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos.

The new state-of-the-art facility, covering an area of 6,000 square meters, is located north of the ancient city?s agora near the palace. The original, much smaller Pella museum stood in the southern area of the site just beside the House of Dionysus and the House of the Abduction of Helen, late 4th-century BC private residences known for their finely crafted mosaics. Six other impressive mosaics of Hellenistic date are displayed in Pella?s new archaeological museum, including scenes of Dionysus riding a panther, two hunters attacking a lion and a griffin sinking its teeth into a deer. Additional exhibits include a sculpted marble head of Alexander the Great, born at Pella in 356 BC, a small bronze statue of Poseidon attributed to the sculptor Lysippos, and hoards of silver Macedonian coins.

The expansion of exhibition areas in the new museum has allowed a significant broadening of the museum?s chronological and geographical scope.

The rich history of the city of Pella and its surrounding area, from prehistoric times through later antiquity, is now presented by means of informational panels, maps, drawings and a wide range of intriguing artifacts. With visitors? areas on the archaeological site also being expanded and improved, Pella has a fresh, exciting atmosphere and even more to offer.

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