(Corinth, Greece) – On July 6, 2016 the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth reopened two of its halls. The museum closed its doors for renovations back in 2012 and since then, workers have been making key updates to the museum that will make it even better. Cultural Minister Aristidis Baltas is expected to inaugurate the grand reopening on July 13, 2016.
Back in 2012, the Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities closed the museum to update the facilities, including its infrastructure. Other changes that were made include creating exhibition schedules that are designed to better accommodate visitors. They will continue to make refurbishments while the museum is reopened but for now, having two halls open is enough to bring in visitors once again. The museum also added a new room for exhibits in the east portion of the museum. Before it closed in 2012, that particular room was used as a warehouse.
Currently, there are six total halls in the museum, two of which will reopen. In the museum as a whole, there is the possibility to view artifacts and findings from the Prehistoric Period of Ancient Corinth, on the Zygouries archeological site, and at Korakou Hill. You can also learn about the cit of Corinth in the Geometric, Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic time periods.
The other room, there will be exhibits centered around the Roman, Byzantine, and Frankish eras in Greek history. One of the rooms in this hall also houses objects that were stolen from the museum in 1990. They were later returned to the museum in 2001.
The museum is the focal point of the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth and is right in the center. It has long been regarded as one of the most richly historical museums in all of Greece. It has been known to welcome around 160,000 visitors in one year, and the museum officials hope for those numbers to increase after it reopens.