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National Archaeological Museum, Athens

4.5
#2 of 604 in Museums in Greece
The largest of Athens' many museums, National Archaeological Museum houses a vast collection of ancient artifacts unearthed from a variety of excavation sites around Greece. The museum's world-famous Mycenaean collection includes the 19th century finds by archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, featuring golden funerary masks, relief stelae, alabaster tools, ivory carvings, and jewelry. The museum also displays a staggering array of ancient figurines, frescoes from the volcanic island of Santorini, and the oldest known mechanical computer, designed to predict astronomical positions and eclipses. There's so much to see here, it may take you several visits to absorb it all. Make your trip through ancient history a bit more comprehensible by arranging for a guided tour of the museum's most representative exhibits. National Archaeological Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , international travel planner Edition.
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  • First of all arrive early. By 11 there's a big line to wait. The collection is vast and very rich. But also repeat is self very quickly. The exhibit was free so still worth it.  more »
  • The Museum houses a fascinating collection of ancient statues,bronzes,pottery and jewellery.The experience was spoilt somewhat by officious staff who seemed to be obsessed with enforcing mask...  more »
  • Firstly the building itself and the garden inside are beautiful. When we were greeted inside one of the staff specified that we could take pictures but NEVER in funny poses. She then proceeded to...  more »
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  • This place was inspiring both as an archeologist and an artist. Some rooms are more compelling than others, but you can see world famous artifacts each after another in every one of them. If you only visit a couple of museums in Athens, I would recommend putting this on your list. Otherwise, its a bit like every other archaeological museum, so if that's not your thing, visiting this one won't change that.
  • Nice museum. The area near museum is dangerous after sun sets. I recommend to go with metro ( in my experience Station Victoria was the best. Not so far and not so many homeless and immigrants). Keep the main street not the small one.
  • Greece is full of history and the National Archeological Museum helps reveal this even further. There are countless artifacts and status available to peruse. I would suggest downloading a guided tour or having a tour guide to give greater insight too the exhibits. There first Monday of every month is free to all visitors but be prepared for large crowds.
  • I consider this museum to be the best when it comes to Greek archaeology. The museum has also an outstanding Egyptian collection. The building housing the museum is really nice! There is a pretty coffee place inside the museum where you can relax and take some rest. This coffee shop is surrounded by antiquities!
  • My favourite museum of Athens! As a local I love it and I can spend days in there. For visitors I recommend going early because it will take hours to see everything.

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