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The National Archaeological Museum (Greek: Εθνικό Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο) in Athens houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. It is considered one of the greatest museums in the world and contains the richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide. It is situated in the Exarcheia area in central Athens between Epirus Street, Bouboulinas Street and Tositsas Street while its entrance is on the Patission Street adjacent to the historical building of the Athens Polytechnic university.
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Leggo Tung Lei
2 months ago
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
9 days ago
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!
4 days ago
Great place to view the relics from ancient Greece. They were all neatly displayed and explained with accompanying signs. Unfortunately, not all exhibits was open the day I visited and one of the items which I really wanted to see is part of an exhibit which is closed. OH well. There always Google images I guess. =D
19 days ago
Really well laid out museum, some absolutely amazing artifacts with well explained exhibits. Can easily spend a few hours here if you have the time. It's also very reasonably priced, so definitely have this on your list of places to check out if you have a spare afternoon!
a month ago
I don't want to say anything bad about this great museum and its huge exciting collection of antiquities - only positive criticism: it is a pity that among thousands and thousands of objects there is nothing dedicated to attract the attention, especially the attention of the kids. Our kids were just bored: the only 2 places where they have shown interest were on the first floor: one room with blue light of exposition (nothing really special, but it shows how little is needed to make kids interested) and another room containing 2 human skeletons. I would prefer my kids to see less but be interested and motivated - many museums in the world understand this and add some simple quests for the kids (ex. find 5 Athenas) or some little interactive games (ex. distinguish different Greek gods). Otherwise, it is tough for kids and as a result tough for adults as well. For adults something more complex can be done in our time of computers and applications. Another comment is regarding the guards in the museum rooms. They are probably bored with their job, and are not paid for anything apart from words like "Don't touch the glass" or "You should not copy the pose of a statue" - this last demand surprised me since I've never heard of it anywhere. I've asked "why" and the answer was "it is a museum rule". I believe every rule should have a reason and I was really interested in the reason behind this demand, maybe some story or something else.And I find it a shame that a person working in a museum did not (want to) explain it to us (visitors).