The old museum was destroyed by the earthquakes in 1953 and the new one was built in 1960. The archeological museum of Argostoli, houses exhibits that dated back to geometric and ancient era, the classical period, the Hellenistic, the roman period and the byzantine era.
The archeological museum of Argostoli, houses the treasures which were found at the excavations around the island. In the three halls of the museum are exhibited findings from the Mythical period up to the Roman age.
In the first hall we find firestone instruments from the Paleolithic age, various objects from the Neolithic age, representable crockery from the Mediogreek period, precious miniature art and ceramics.
In the second hall are exhibited findings from the Mycenaean period, which is the most interesting for Kefalonia. Golden coins, coppery swords, vessels, jewellery and an Egyptian Scarab are some of the exhibits.
Finally, in the last hall are exhibited the findings of the Kefalonian Tetrapolis (5th century BC), which was consisted of the four towns-states Pali, Krani. Sami and Pronni. There can be found exhibits such as an urn, a marble head of Silinos and a vessel that has the form of a twisted head of a slave ally, dated to the 12th century B.C.
Among the most significant exhibits are a bronze head of the 3rd century BC and the sign “Tripis Damatri Ke Kora ” of the 6th – 7th century BC, dedicated to goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone.