Archaeological Museum in Ermioni

There was an online discussion held today for plans to create an Archaeological Museum in Ermionida.  The teleconference was attended by the Greek Minister of Culture and Sports, Lina Mendoni, President of the MV Vardinogiannis Foundation, Marianna Vardinogianni, Mayor of Ermionida, Ioannis Georgopoulos and the Curator of Antiquities of Argolida, Alkistis Papadimitriou.  In 2018, the previous Municipal Council of Ermioni had decided to cede the old Town Hall to the Ministry of Culture, so that the neoclassical building could be converted into an Archaeological Museum.  The old Ermioni Town Hall is adjacent to the remains of an early Christian Basilica.  Ermioni has a long and uninterrupted history from antiquity until modern times, so the museum would be able to display important monuments and selected ancient artifacts which have been found in various local excavations, with digital information.

Preparation of the  building, which was originally the Primary School, and its transformation into a museum would be undertaken by Mrs Vardinogianni in collaboration with the Ermionida Municipality.  Marianna Vardinogianni stated: "I feel  a really great emotion that our vision for the creation of an Archaeological Museum in Ermioni begins to be realized, with the support of the Minister of Culture.  Ermioni (Ancient Hermione) is a place with a great history and archaeological wealth, which will emerge to ensure Ermioni, but also the wider area, exhibits the historical continuity that every place needs to create a better tomorrow".  The Minister of Culture, Lina Mendoni, said: "The new museum can be not only an important local economic and tourist development of the region, but a place of visit and education for the inhabitants of Ermionida.  I thank the Mayor for his willingnes to cooperate with Mrs Marianna Varinogianni and her proposal to support the creation of the Archaeological Museum, honoring her birthplace".