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Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens

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Admire the private collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris at Museum of Cycladic Art, housed inside a neoclassical mansion. The collection of Cycladic art (works from an ancient civilization that once existed on Aegean Islands) includes pottery, ceramics, art, sculpture, and jewelry. The one-of-a-kind galleries, once the private rooms of the Goulandris, are accessible throughout the year and a popular stop on a tour of Athens. Visit the museum's website to learn about temporary exhibits. Plan my trip to Athens with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • The way that the museum introduces the different stages of the Cycladic culture/history. Most impressive.  more »
  • Packed with interesting artifacts, and helpful information, this museum is beautifully curated. The content was fantastic and the one way system meant that we did not feel uncomfortable in a fairly...  more »
  • Before getting to antiquity we saw the temporary exhibition In the Realm of the Senses by the American artist Lynda Benglis. A grand assortment, contrasting with the permanent collection. It was a...  more »
  • Fantastic museum full of history and inspiration. I admit this place was not only particularly interesting with a delightful temporary exhibit on Picasso, but perfect to survive the hot summer midday in Athens! Also the people were very kind and helpful.
  • Permanent collection is so so - you can experience similar even better Cycladic art in National Museum. But, the Picasso and Antiquity temporary exhibition, WOW!! Highly recommended. And a nice cafe and museum bookshop.
  • Gorgeous, mystical collection of insanely soulful Cycladic peoples’ sculpture... Out of this world... How did they do this so long ago? What is their message? Who were their teachers? This is more than a gift to humanity, this is a radiant, glorious testament to the achievements of a vanished people... Looking at them I was at once both thrilled and terrified by the tiny minimalist figures that blew my mind then punched me in the face..
  • I visited the "Picasso & Antiquity" exhibition in Sept 2019. A definitely must-see. Great job 💙
  • A Greek friend of mine from NY, gave me a list of 10 places to see but highly recommended to visit this place and have a coffee afterward at their coffee shop. That was the best decision of my entire life:) Small enough so you can see everything, big enough to not get bored. For the first time, I saw a museum that showed the everyday life of a regular people a child, woman, or a man living in antiquity doing mundane things like taking a bath or making lunch. Not just a bunch of beautiful vases behind the window but pictures behind it to show how they used those vases and what for and who used it. Besides that, the coffee shop was very high end, hip with phenomenal sandwiches and small pastries. Better than any other place that we ate for lunch. Upscale neighborhood not too far from the parliament so you can see the soldiers changing shift and then walk to Plaka for a nice walk afterward and make a relaxed, fun and cultured day out of it. An excellent place to see while in Athens.

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