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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  • Boy on the horse a must see. Take or get a guide as the different era's can be confusing if you go round in the wrong order.  more »
  • Think about what cannot be seen easily and Japan's. Marble sculpture, bronze sculpture, and ancient pots, jewelry, Egypt Mummy coffin. Sculptures of different scales. There is a quite complete, but it is somehow sparked imagination. It was just the attractions.
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  • A must-see! Magnificent collections of objects, tools, sculptures, from the Greece and all eras. Particularly remarkable and moving, what is the responsibility of the Mycenaean and Minoan; periods the rest (later Greek times, Roman times) is remarkable also, but less exceptional insofar as similar parts are visible relatively easily in other places. We were a little disappointed by the Museum, somewhat dated (in space and brought to light); the Acropolis Museum (much more recent it is true) is clearly superior from this point of view.
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  • The museum was a wonder! It is so large. You need at least 2.5 hrs to go through it. If you want to take your time and enjoy the experience, make it a half day trip or longer. Everywhere you turned there would be a new room! Try to go through the exhibit at their starting entrance, usually the exhibit is in chronological order. The size of some of the artifacts are astounding! Must see when visiting Athens. Be careful around the museum, it isn't the safest part of town, but don't let that stop you from visiting!
  • A wonderful museum to learn more about the history of Athens beyond the Acropolis! The layout is well structured to focus on different types of art and time periods so you can selectively chose the ones that you're interested in. The in-depth informational displays provide great details and context so you can understand the pieces that you're looking at. This museum is open until 8pm in the summer but I would recommend visiting in the mid-afternoon to escape the heat.
  • It's a museum filled with some of the most famous works of ancient Greek art. It's atmosphere is incomparable to most museums, as rooms are filled with art, and everything tells it's own story. Look out for the temporary exhibitions as they usually cover a very interesting topic concerning ancient art and society
  • An absolute hidden gem. The outside isn't very well kept but don't let that deter you! The sheer number of statues and artifacts is outstanding. We spent over 3 hours there and we definitely skimmed quite a few rooms. My husband could've spent an entire day there. The cafe is lovely and overlooks a beautiful garden.
  • I really enjoyed so many pieces of the past to look at and to be amazed. The exhibitions were great too. It’s a big museum but the logistics help you see everything without getting lost, nor consuming too much time.
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