National Archaeological Museum, Athens

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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, Athens Edition.
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  • August 17, 2017
    From the most important museums of Greece is filled with too many artifacts. Modernisation is needed because such a museum should be in top museums worldwide.
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  • August 16, 2017
    You'll find history the way Greece was born from there gods to there culture, this place is full of rich history in different ways to be expressed, it's main entrance cheap for what is to be seen, no ...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Literally a magnificent Museum. If you go to Greece, you should visit. People can't get enough for a ride. Let me put it this way, six water my feet at the end of the day. Especially Poseidon themed Gallery, the Museum was one of the part that impressed me most. Dim ambient sounds of waves, birds singing, a very nice lighting and thanks to the three-dimensional visual effects almost as if you were on another planet when you feel. My son is not like everybody says "come on", sit for long periods of time sitting in the corner of the Gallery could go into a trance, I guess. The entrance fee is €10 for me as for my son in the ISIC (international student identity card) with €5. I repeat, leave to drink and eat and go to the Museum if it falls your way. You can even reduce your way.
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  • June 5, 2017
    This museum should be the stop of any tourist who wants to get a more in-depth view of the ancient history of Greece. A lot of the pieces you will see there have detailed explanations and all rooms presenting different periods include maps and a brief historical background. One of the most impressive things during my visit was a temporary exhibition on the story and myth of Odyssey. It was a very modern combinations of lights, sound, story and only a small number of very well selected items.
  • June 20, 2017
    Classic historical museum with lots of white rooms and items arranged around them. If you're a fan of Greek history, there are some very exciting artifacts, but if you come with little foreknowledge, this will probably not pique your curiosity. Could be more engagingly presented. New exhibition on Odysseus is very well done.
  • June 15, 2017
    Great museum showcasing the long history of Athens. I particularly enjoyed the sculpture section. There are som incredible treasures here. All signs are in English and Greek so everything can be clearly understood. A great place to go in the middle of the day to escape the heat of Athens.
  • July 2, 2017
    Best museum for ancient Greece. Much better than British museum. Has some ancient Egypt items as well.
  • July 6, 2017
    Such an incredible museum. Artifacts from all over Greece (except Crete) covering all the historic periods of Greek history, from prehistorical period through Roman

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Where to stay in Athens

If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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