The Archaeological Museum of Ioannina (A.M.I. below) located in the center of the city of Ioannina, Epirus modern capital, land owned by the Ministry of Culture and in a prominent position in the so-called hill Litharitsia.
The A.M.I. built in the decade of 1960 (1963-1966) according to the architectural design of the prominent Greek architect Aris Konstantinidis. The main purpose of the erection of A.M.I. was to house archaeological treasures of Epirus in antiquity to post-Byzantine times, as well as the collection of Greek painters of the 19th and 20th c., gift of the Association of the “Friends of Ioannina”. For several years the buildings complex of A.M.I. It was the seat of the then Committees Classical and Byzantine Antiquities. Once in 1999 it achieved the exclusive use of A.M.I.both the report of jurisdiction finds IB Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities (E.P.K.A.) and its functioning. The final evacuation of the area occupied by the maintenance workshops of 8 Inspectorate of Byzantine Antiquities took place in 1992, year of relocation and Byzantine exhibits (see. Below) the new Byzantine History Museum. In 1999 they removed and the artworks of the so called “Gallery” part of which now adorns the Municipal Gallery of Ioannina.
In 1970 they opened the gates of A.M.I. to the public with a permanent exhibition timeless character and exhibition approach dictated the then conditions and perceptions. The exhibition of prehistoric and classical antiquities curated by Julia unforgettable Vokotopoulou while that of Byzantine and post-Byzantine findings and the “Gallery” was made by the then fifth EBA. Of the total of five halls of A.M.I. only two (and a spacious central corridor) hosted the works of Greek and Roman antiquity of the major until then known archaeological sites in Epirus (eg Dodona Kassopi, Nekyomanteio, Vitsa) or other individual findings (eg treasure Bronze objects Katamachis, sarcophagus from Ladochori Thesprotia). Also, some findings, mainly architectural, placed in the boxed grid building atriums.
Today, it remains almost as it was the initial report, the spirit and the tone of which, as expressed Julia Vokotopoulou the unique guide A.M.I. ever issued is Panepirotan character. In the course of time and the gradual availability and other halls of A.M.I. the report of the cultural residue of antiquity expanded and there outside the hall D. [The reference to the halls of A.M.I. with letters of the Greek alphabet used in this document to refer to existing regional planning]. Hall D from 1992 serves as recording space of continuous inflatable ancient crowd that come to light from excavations carried out and the major projects that oversees the IB ‘E.P.K.A. competence in the four counties. In part D of the room temporarily housed administrative offices of the Ephorate. In the 1980s the hall C placed finds from excavations newer (eg Tombs Pogoni, Dourouti) and the donated Mela Collection with works of Greek antiquity. An important addition (1996) to the current report is the approach to modern museographical presentation of the findings from the Cemetery Liatovouni (Konitsa) to showcase in the central corridor. Meanwhile, during the 1990s he organized in A.M.I. variable interest events and temporary exhibitions (eg Ancient Musical Instruments). R Hall, and in view of the temporary shutdown of A.M.I. in July 2001 inaugurated by the Minister of Culture the following two temporary exhibitions: “Treasures of Amvrakia – On the trail of the capital of King Pyrrhus ‘and’ Neolithic Continent. ” The purpose of these reports is guests A.M.I. become partakers both the treasures of one of the most important cities of the edge of Epirus in antiquity and who had never until now been exposed as an organized body in A.M.I., and secondly know the findings of the latest surveys first document the cultural character of the Neolithic in Epirus.