“Paul Valery would have no objection about this museum.” This was the first thing that was said after the presentation of the Greek Museum of Underwater Antiquities, a unique international museum which will be housed in the Silos building in Piraeus.
The museum plan presentation took place under the auspices of Piraeus municipality and Piraeus Port Authority under the European Maritime Day that transformed the area, highlighting its history, dynamics and its prospect of becoming a leading port in Europe.
Two thousand antiquities will be placed inside the unique Silo building which was built in 1936 — a great example of industrial architecture. The exhibits were found on the bottom of the Greek seas and were mostly housed in closed warehouses, said the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities director Angeliki Simosi.
The exhibits will be spread over 6,500 square meters, in the 13,500-square-meter industrial building, creating a museum that will combine the city’s history and the port’s economic development, with the antiquities. Statues, equipment, weapons, unique ceramic vases, jewelry and maps will be displayed, while the museum also plans on displaying entire shipwreck hulls which have been found on the seabed, and transfer them to the building.
The museum’s uniqueness on an international level is evident, and it is not only restricted to the exhibits. Museum visitors will be able to dive underwater to explore the antiquities found on the seabed. Furthermore, the southern museum area will be turned into a diving site where visitor can receive lessons.