Archaeological Museum of Florina
Florina's modest two-storey archaeological museum tells the story of the city and surrounding region through prehistoric, classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine times. The museum is housed in a two-storey building that was constructed in 1960’s and renovated internally in 1999.
The ground floor exhibition is divided into four halls and includes three basic sections. The first section provides visitors with information about the geomorphology and history of the region from the period of the earliest archaeological finds (about 5800 BC) to the end of the Roman period. Those exhibits provide useful information on the human activities within the prehistoric period of the prehistoric settlement at Armenchori and other excavations. The finds include ceramic wares, everyday objects, stone and bone tools and figurines. Sculptures, inscriptions, reliefs and votive stelae mainly from the Roman era are displayed in the next two halls, proving names of persons and cities as well as beliefs, social conditions and political circumstances of that period. The last hall hosts a mosaic of a Roman building from the village “Kato Kleini”. The first floor is divided into two sections. The exhibition in the first section includes finds of the Hellenistic period, from Petres and Agios Panteleimonas Hill, most notably a sundial, a statue of Artemis and a reconstruction of a house with its masonry, fireplace, storerooms and other features. The the second section hosts murals, iconostasis, pottery and jewelry of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine period from the Lake Prespa area, mostly coming from the basilica of Agios Achilleios but also from various other churches and hermitages in the area.
The museum is located opposite the Railway Station and is open daily except Tuesdays from 08:00 to 15:00. It remains closed the following days: 1st of January, 25th of March, 1st of May, Easter Day, Christmas Day and on the 26th of December. There is a small entrance fee to enter reduced by 50% for elderly over 65 years old. Children and students enter for free. The museum has a small shop selling archaeological guides, leaflets and archaeological and folklore books concerning the region and Macedonia in general.