National Archaeological Museum, Athens

National Archaeological Museum, Athens (must see)

The largest collections of ancient Greek artifacts are on display at the National Archeological Museum in Athens. Collections include exhibits excavated from archeological locations around the country and from sunken ships under the Mediterranean Sea.

The building has a neoclassical design planned by architect, Ludwig Lange. Later the plans were modified by architects, Panages Kalkos, Harmadios Vlachos and Ernst Ziller. A neoclassical-style garden lies in front studded with many ancient statues. The museum opened in 1889. During World War II the treasures were packed in boxes and buried to save them from plunder.

Collections at the museum include prehistoric artifacts, Cycladic marble figurines, Gold objects from the Mycenaean Civilization and Peloponnesian stone, bronze and ivory objects. The bronze room has the collection of Greek politician and amateur archeologist, Konstantinos Karaponas. The Egyptian collection has objects from the Neolithic period to the Roman era. There are also collections from the post-Byzantine era, frescoes from Akrotiri, a pottery and small ornaments section and the epigraphic section with the world’s largest collection of Greek inscriptions.

The Museum has a cafe and a gift shop. The gift shop sells reproductions of many of the objects displayed at the museum. Visitors can request English speaking guides for a better understanding of the history behind the exhibits.

Why You Should Visit:
Many of the items here were recovered from a shipwreck and so they are in exceptional shape.
The bronzes and the sculpture are wonderful but the most interesting object is the Antikythera mechanism.

Tip:
Make sure to read about the highlights before your visit so as not to miss them.
Go during the heat of the day (around lunch) and stay cool with the air-conditioning. Bring your camera, too – photography is allowed.

Opening Hours:
Tue: 1–8pm; Wed-Mon: 8:30am–4pm (Nov 1st–Apr 12th); Tue: 12:30–8pm; Wed-Mon: 8am–8pm (Apr 13–Oct 31)
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: National Archaeological Museum
Sight Location: Athens, Greece
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Exarcheia Walk  

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Plaka Attractions Walking Tour

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Exarcheia Walk

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Travel Distance: 4.1 km
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km

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