Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens

Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens (must see)

The core collection of this museum comprises artifacts from the Bronze Age Civilization that flourished in the Cycladic Islands of the Aegean Sea. It is a repository of the collection of Nicholas and Aikaterini (Dolly) Goulandris.

Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris collected Cycladic Art and built the main museum for the purpose of showcasing their collection. It was designed by architect, Loannis Vikelas and was opened for public viewing in 1986. In 1990, the museum obtained an additional venue. The magnificent neo-classical Stathatos Mansion also houses the exhibits of Cycladic art from the collection, today.

The exhibits in the museum cover four floors. The focus is on the collection of Cycladic art from 3000 to 2000 BC. Female figurines from the Cycladic Islands form the major part of the exhibits. There are also marbles, pottery and bronze sculptures. The upper floors have a collection of art and artifacts from Cyprus and other ancient Greek objects that formed part of the Goulandris collection. All objects are displayed elegantly with detailed information boards. The Museum also hosts temporary art exhibitions.

The Museum of Cycladic Art is run by the Nicholas P. Goulandris Foundation. There is a cafe in the courtyard and a well-stocked bookshop with books in Greek and English. The gift shop has reproductions of the exhibits in the museum including marble figurines and bronze replicas of ancient Greek bronze ritual vessels.

Why You Should Visit:
The four floors of this excellent museum present the history & culture of the Cycladic Islands in many ways: exhibits, artifacts, sound, and film. The collection is very good and well-presented.
Especially recommended if you plan to travel to Santorini – a visit here before or after will really enhance your enjoyment of the islands' histories!

Tip:
Make sure to visit the second building. You may find an interesting temporary exhibition, but the building itself is worth a small stroll.

Opening Hours:
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: 10am-5pm; Thu: 10am-8pm; Sun: 11am-5pm
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Sight Name: Museum of Cycladic Art
Sight Location: Athens, Greece
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Walking Tour Along Vassilissis Sofias Avenue  

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