Delphi Museum

The museum shelters numerous wonderful artefacts unearthed during excavations at the home of the Oracle, including the famous Charioteer of Delphi.

TravelCurious Tip

In the afternoon the museum can become crowded with large tour groups on day trips from Athens – try to visit in the morning if you can.

As one of the most important sites in the ancient world, Delphi has yielded a wealth of exquisite archaeological findings, and many of them are housed adjacent to it in the Delphi Museum. The various exhibitions span over a thousand years of history, from the Mycenaean Era to Roman Greece, which are laid out in a series of 14 rooms.

Making Your Way Through History

The oldest artefacts are displayed in the first two rooms. Here you can find several intriguing Mycenaean clay figurines, as well as a number of bronze items, some of which are intricately decorated with griffins and other mythical creatures. Room four houses some of the most valuable items in the museum’s collection – gold, silver and precious stone-encrusted representations of Apollo, Artemis and Leto. These were found in a pit on the Sacred Way near the temple of Apollo.

Lost Marbles

In room five you will see the famous Sphinx of Nassos, a large sculpture depicting a mythical creature with the head of a woman, the body of a lion and the spectacular plumage of a bird of prey. Originally this topped an Ionic column some 12m tall, and was an offering to Apollo from a rich man called Nassos. Continuing through the museum you will encounter an increasing number of impressive marble statues of various gods and dignitaries. Particularly impressive is the Acanthus Column in room eleven, a beautiful sculpture of three female figures atop a column that was the inspiration for the first of Claude Debussy’s Preludes.

Nearby Attractions

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Greece's most important archaeological site after the Acropolis, Delphi was the religious centre of the ancient world.
Theatre of Delphi
The 35 rows of this ancient theatre can seat 5,000, and offer spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding ruins and valley below.
Temple of Apollo, Delphi
Central among the Delphi ruins, the temple's imposing columns lie on the southern slopes of Parnassos mountain.
Mount Parnassus
Mountain in Greece, which towers over Delphi and offers scenic views of the countryside.
Thissio is one of locals' favorite neighborhoods, with open air concerts and lined with kafeneios interspersed with its many neoclassical buildings.
At the heart of Greek social life are kafeneios - local cafes which serve coffee, ouzo, and local beer.

Related Tours

Private Excursion to Delphi from Athens with Tickets Included
Immerse yourself in the world-famous ancient wonders of Delphi on this magical day trip from Athens. On your tour you will:

  • Enjoy the personalised attention of your private tour guide
  • Travel in your private, chauffeur-driven air-conditioned vehicle. 
  • Explore the beautiful UNESCO Archeological site of Delphi with your skip-the-line tickets and private guide.
  • Wander in wonder around the Archeological Museum (skip-the-line tickets included) with your tour guide, where among the many rescued treasures you’ll see the famed charioteer.
  • Marvel at the lush scenery of Mount Parnassus.
  • Stop for lunch in the lovely local town of Arachova (lunch not included in the price).
  • Relax and enjoy the peaceful and scenic drive back to Athens.
No trip to Greece is complete until you have explored the beautiful and serene enclave of Delphi. After being picked up from your hotel in your private air-conditioned vehicle, you’ll begin the scenic 180 km drive through mountains and fertile valleys of cotton fields and olive groves, enjoying sensational views of the Greek countryside. Upon arriving in Delphi you’ll enter the UNESCO world heritage site, to explore these stunning ruins with your knowledgeable local guide. 

Dating as far back as the 6th Century BC, Delphi was thought to be the point at which heaven and earth met – it was here that man could get closest to God. The sanctuary of Delphi was also famed throughout the classical world as home to the Oracle: a priestess named Pythia, who channelled the spirit of Apollo, answering questions on anything from domestic squabbles to matters of war. Everyone from foreign dignitaries to common peasants would make the pilgrimage from Athens to Delphi to seek the Oracle’s advice. 

During your day tour, follow in their footsteps and discover for yourself the iconic monuments of antiquity dedicated to the mighty Greek gods and goddesses: the temples of Apollo and Athena Pronea – whose circular structure is the most recognisable of all Delphi’s ruins. 

Your tour will continue inside the Delphi museum, where you’ll come face to face with the piercing gaze of the famed Charioteer of Delphi, and other archaeological wonders. After stopping for lunch in the picturesque village of Arachova, carved into a hillside along the Saronic coast, your day will finish with a peaceful drive back to Athens.


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