A 1934 silo on the port of Piraeus is set to be converted into a Museum of Underwater Antiquities after Greece’s Port Planning and Development Committee approved the culture ministry’s proposal last week.
The Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) has already endorsed the project.
The Greek culture ministry submitted in 2015 a motion to convert the silo – a structure for storing bulk grains arriving at the port – into a museum which would also be a part of the Piraeus Cultural Coast project.
OLP Authorities expect the Museum of Underwater Antiquities to contribute to the increase in revenues from visitors wishing to see the multiple items on show, many of which have been stored for decades in warehouses.
At the same time, the museum will be one of four – including the Thematic Archaeological, Immigration and Ancient Greek Technology museums – operating as part of the ambitious Cultural Coast of Piraeus redevelopment project, which also involves the creation of a 180,000m2 open space to host leisure and theme parks.
Meanwhile, the committee also provisionally approved the master plan for the upgrade of Piraeus port last week.