Archaeological Museum


The exhibition follows the political and cultural transformations that took place in the central part of  ancient Orestis, in a set of four thematic units preceded by an introduction describing the geographical area and how the Museum’s collection was created.





The first unit (1100-550 BC) presents an impressive collection of bronze jewellery, ritual objects, spearheads, pottery vessels and reconstructions of male, female and infant burials.









The second unit (The Kingdom of Orestis, 550-359 BC) opens with an Archaic statuette of a banqueter, and includes funerary inscriptions, a marble Sphinx, part of a grave stele and burial offerings from tombs of the Classical period.







From 359 to 200 BC Orestis was part of the Kingdom of Macedonia, and the Oresti were incorporated into the Macedonia phalanx. Among the items featured in this unit are the blade of a Macedonian sarissa, a unique phalanx shield carried by a Paeonian foot-soldier, and memorials with inscriptions.






The final unit presents antiquities from the period between the surrender of the Oresti to the Romans in 200 BC and the founding of Diocletianopolis in around AD 300. The region retained much of its administrative independence, as can be seen from the survival of the koinon of the Oresti as a local political assembly, and the decree of the Battynaeans, the most important political inscription from Western Macedonia ever found. To a very considerable degree the Oresti also preserved their cultural and religious identity, as recorded on votive offerings to the gods and funerary inscriptions for “heroes” and ordinary mortals, which display a wonderful variety of forms and figures.


What traces of the ancient cultures, the sacred sites and the cemeteries of ancient Orestis have been preserved within the boundaries of the Prefecture of Kastoria? Who were the silent neighbours of the Kastoria Technological Educational Institution, and why did they have so many weapons? Why were the “footed jars” found empty? Who were the wealthy occupants of the cemetery at Pentavryssos? How did a shield from Paeonia find its way to Krepeni? Where did the provincial assembly (the koinon) of the Oresti meet? And the local assembly (ecclesia) of the Battynaeans?

These are just some of the questions that are answered (or raised) in this Museum, where the most important traces of the Greek civilisation that flourished here from the age of Homer to the reign of Diocletian are for the first time exhibited together, with explanations and commentary.

The Museum is situated next to the Argos Orestikon Health Center. It is housed in a wing of the Cultural Centre of the same Municipality, which was donated to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism for this purpose, and is fully wheelchair-accessible (ramps, lift, wheelchair WC).



El. Venizelou 9, 522 00 Argos Orestikon
Tel.: 24670 44616, Fax: 24670 44421
The Museum is operated by the
29th Ephorate of Pre-Historical & Classical Antiquities
S. Stathmou 8, 531 00 Florina
Tel.: 23850 28206, Fax: 23850 28231
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The conversion of a wing of the Cultural & Conference Centre of Argos Orestikon into an Archaeological Museum was carried out by the Greek Ministry of Culture and Tourism under the 3rd ROP Western Macedonia through a project financed 80% by the EFRD and 20% from national funds.

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