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Greek Ministry of Culture: The Restored Archaeological Museum in Samothraki Inaugurated

The Museum, designed by the American St. Shaw, in the context of the archaeological investigations of the members of the American School of Classical Studies, in Greece, was inaugurated in 1955 by Georgios Rallis

Re-exhibition of the Archaeological Museum of Samothraki

Minister of Culture Lina Mendoni inaugurated the restored building and the re-exhibition of the Archaeological Museum during her two-day working visit to Samothraki.

Samothraki, an island in the northeastern Aegean, has long attracted the interest of archaeologists and researchers due to the historical and archaeological significance of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods. The museum, designed by Shaw and inaugurated in 1955 by Georgios Rallis, was the first archaeological museum in Thrace. After nearly sixty years of continuous operation, the Ministry of Culture included the building’s restoration and expansion in the Eastern Macedonia Thrace Regional Operational Program of the NSRF 2007-2013 in 2013, while its re-exhibition was financed by the NSRF 2014-2020.

Historical and Archaeological Significance

Kyriakos Ankonitis visited the Sanctuary of the Great Gods in October 1444, documenting valuable testimonies during his journey. Since 1863, when the French vice-consul discovered the famous statue of Nike and took it to Paris, Franco-Czechoslovak archaeological missions have been active in Samothraki, followed by American scientific groups from the Institute of Fine Arts in New York. The Greek state has been responsible for the protection and maintenance of the island’s monuments and archaeological sites since the mid-1950s

Minister’s Remarks

In her speech, Minister of Culture Lina Mendoni expressed her pleasure at dedicating the fully restored and upgraded Archaeological Museum to the island, its residents, and visitors. She noted that the Museum of Samothraki is the 21st museum that the Ministry of Culture has made accessible to the public since 2019 when Kyriakos Mitsotakis assumed the government.

From 2019 to the present, the Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with the Region, has implemented projects in the Regional Unity of Evros with a total budget of approximately 40 million euros, funded by the NSRF and the Recovery Fund. Approximately 6.5 million euros have been allocated to Samothraki for projects in the archaeological site of the Great Gods, the Castle, and the Tower of Fonias. These projects are carried out by the Ministry of Culture’s Central and Regional Directorates, thanks to the dedication of its valuable staff and the political will of the government to secure necessary funding.