Archaeological Museum
The garden of the Archaelogical Museum
The entrance of the Archaelogical Museum

View of a gallery of the Archaelogical Museum with the famous Hermes of Andros

Front view of the Archaelogical Museum in Andros
The Archaeological Museum on Andros was inaugurated in 1981. This museum with its simple architecture was equipped according to the latest museum standards. It was constructed and outfitted at the expense of the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation, in order to house the finds of the excavation at Zagora on Andros, carried out by professors Nikos Zafiropoulos, Nikolaos Kontoleon and Alexander Cambitoglou. Additional exhibits of the museum are antiquities dating from the Mycenaean to later eras, most popular of which, the Hermes of Andros, was repatriated from the National Archaeological Museum in Athens once the new museum was completed.

The rare finds of archaic, classical, hellenistic and roman periods, as well as some early-Christian and Byzantine pieces are presented in historical sequence and are accompanied by explicative texts and a range of additional material like photographs, casts and models. After the construction of the Archaeological Museum was completed, it was donated to the Greek state, which is since then responsible for the Museumís operation.

In the museumís atrium stand the busts of Basil and Elise Goulandris in honour and memory of the two founders. The unveiling of Basil P. Goulandrisí bust, a work by Yiorgos Nikolaidis donated by the Andriot Scientists Society, took place in the summer of 1999. In June 2002, the bust of Elise Goulandris, a work by Praxitelis Tzanoulinos, was placed next to her husbandís on the initiative and expenses of the Municipality of Andros. Architect Dora Papadimitriou designed and undertook the installation of the pedestals and the harmonisation of the two busts.