The exhibition area at Aiani Archaeological Museum comprises a foyer with a shop, a cloakroom and six rooms for the display of finds from ancient Aiani and, to a much lesser extent, its environs. There is also a seventh, smaller room for periodic exhibitions of finds.
The Exhibition has a chronological and thematic structure and special care has been taken both to present the finds in a scientific manner, so as to satisfy the requirements of visitors with specialist knowledge, and also to stress their educational character, so that even the least informed visitor can acquire a basic knowledge of fundamental aspects of ancient history and civilisation.
The Exhibition programme is organised along three parallel axes:
1) The historical evolution of ancient Aiani, capital of Elimiotis, one of the most powerful kingdoms in Upper Macedonia and the surrounding region from prehistoric times up until the Roman period.
2) The groups of finds discovered in the various sectors of the systematic excavation (city, cemeteries, surrounding countryside), as well as those unearthed by salvage excavations.
3) Everyday life and institutions in antiquity, as these are reflected in the archaeological finds.
By room, the Exhibition is arranged as follows:
Room A: The historical identity of Upper Macedonia, Elimiotis and Aiani. Prehistoric finds.
Room B: The ancient city of Aiani on the Megali Rachi hill.
Room C: Public and private life.
Room D: The Archaic and Classical cemeteries.
Room E: Sculpture: statues, grave stelai and architectural members.
Room F: The cemeteries dating from the 4th century BC through to late antiquity.
Dr Georgia Karamitrou – Mentesidi