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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  • Many of the greatest achievements in ancient Greek sculpture and painting are housed here in the most important museum in Greece. Artistic highlights from every period of its ancient civilization, from Neolithic to Roman times, make this a treasure trove beyond compare. With a massive renovation completed, works (more than 11,000 of them) that have languished in storage for decades are now on view, reorganized displays are accompanied by enriched English-language information, and the panoply of ancient Greek art appears more spectacular than ever. While the classic culture that was the grandeur of the Greek world no longer exists—it died, for civilizations are mortal—it left indelible markers in all domains, most particularly in art, and many of its masterpieces are on show here. The museum's most celebrated display is the Mycenaean Antiquities. Here are the stunning gold treasures from Heinrich Schliemann's 1876 excavations of Mycenae's royal tombs: the funeral mask
  • A stunning collection! Much better than the architectural Acropolis museum. This museum is well worth a whole day visit. Take your time and savour the beautiful exhibits. There are lots of places to sit and rest if you are getting tired! Pop down to the cafe in the delightful cloister garden to rest weary feet and have a bite to eat. Then explore the rest of the museum. Museum staff are very friendly. Shop is only disappointing part!
  • Athens has a lot of history and a lot of beautiful and amazing places to visit. The national archaeological museum of Athens is one of the best places I had the chance of going to! These is so much history in the wall of the museum and there is so much so see and read there. The museum is surprisingly huge! It's deceiving on the outside as the museum wraps all around the building in a giant circle. There is also an upstairs section to view as well. The statues and models are absolutely breathtaking and have detailed descriptions. I really enjoyed the break down of the museum and there is a worker in each room to answer question you may have (best to their knowledge) and to keep anyone from causing damage or harm to anything in the room. There are other parts of the world and power nations dedicated to certain rooms as well such as Egypt and Rome. The hours are pretty good as well. They are accurate on the web site but you want to make sure you have at least 2 or 3 hours to comfortably see and experience the museum in its entirety. You do have to pay to get in but the ticket is only 5 euro (prices might be higher depending on the time of year) be careful towards closing time! They don't play around. They close the gift shop 20 minutes early and try to have everyone out and the doors locked 10 minutes before closing! Over all a great place to take your friends or family to learn some amazing history of the area and even other places around the world!
  • This museum is perfect for those who know a little bit about Greek mythology or history or those who have studied Greek architecture. I really enjoyed this museum and spent all afternoon in it. The sculptures are beautiful and upstairs they have some frescos from the islands of Greece. The only thing I didn’t like about the museum was the area it was in—it seemed less safe or just less taken care of the the central part of Athens. So, like always, be careful of your items while walking around this part of the city.
  • The NAM is a workout but worth the legwork. Housed in a majestic building it boasts 8,000m2 worth of galleries, in a veritable what’s what of Greek civilization, from prehistory to late antiquity. The NAM is made up of six permanent exhibitions. A quick look through the Museum’s comprehensive website will help your orientation before you set out.

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