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National Archaeological Museum, Athens
(4.6/5 based on 4,400+ reviews on the web)
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. Use our Athens vacation planner to add National Archaeological Museum and other attractions to your Athens vacation plans.
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  • Don’t let the fact that the museum is a bit of a walk from the other main touristy bits of Athens. It’s worth a visit and it certainly can fill a morning or afternoon. The museum differs from the Acro...  more »
  • The archaeological museum of Athens has so many great exhibits. Statues, jewellery, amphorae, mosaics from ancient Athens that you're gonna love it 
  • The Museum suffers from its 19th-century setting with a traditional show that only in some salt has tried to update. However the content is crazy: only the Central Hall with the Mycenaean pieces found by Schliemann is worth a trip to Athens.
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  • Still housing a respectable archive of archaeological specimens and relics, the museum itself has seen better days. I visited once before in 2008 and again in 2016. There is less money to go towards maintenance of the museum itself and the grounds outside. I saw cracks in the ceiling and visible water damage coming from the roof in certain areas. The staff do their very best but it's clear that austerity has hit the bones of the city and indeed the country. Still worth a visit because of the deep history here and they could use your support.
  • Great museum, amazing artefacts & helpful, enthusiastic & knowledgeable staff make for a pleasant few hours. Museum however in dire need of a face lift. Built in late 1800s, the museum should be in a museum of its own. Worth a look but you might want to walk fast through one entire level of vases (suggest swapping all the vases all around the entrance with the most important exhibits on the 2nd floor instead of the vases)
  • Lots of things to see. Very interesting especially for someone who loves archeology and history in general. Entrance fee 5 euros and its well worth it.
  • I drove here and found street parking right beside the museum. The National Archaeological Museum has enough to keep you interested but as it is a bit older the building itself is not as impressive as the Acropolis Museum. Worth checking out if you have time but it is a little out of the way from the other sites.
  • The museum holds a vast collection of artifacts and treasures from antiquity. One of the oldest computers, the Antikythera Mechanism exhibit definitely is a must see. The second floor is almost dedicated to vases. Although the vase collection is extensive dating back from every age of Greek culture, I was slightly burned out by the end of the tour. The first floor of the museum holds everything else; sculptures, instruments,and weapons. A beautiful courtyard is below near the cafe and museum store. Well worth the 10 euro admission.