National Archeological Museum, Athens
This was well worth the visit! This museum an extensive display of archaeological finds from gazillion years ago (almost) and is most amazing to see. There is quite a bit to see in this place. We bought our tickets in the morning, spent a few hours, was able to leave to have some lunch elsewhere and return to see the rest. You are able to take photographs. If you go to Athens, this is a definite must do while you're there!
The National Archaeological Museum ranks among the top ten museums in the world. Its impressive collection is housed in a beautiful neoclassic building near the juncture of Alexandras Avenue on Patission Avenue. There is a gift shop, and a cafe in the sculpture garden. Children under 6 and EU students get in free.
The museum is a five minute walk from Victoria Station and a 10 minute walk from Omonia. The Trolly #'s 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,11,13, and 15 all stop there. W ell not exactly at the museum. They actually stop by Tositsa Street and you have to walk past a bunch of drug addicts to get there but they probably won't bother you. They have their own problems. If the only day you can come is Sunday don't bother. Only 8 of the 64 galleries are open due to a shortage of funds, and you still have to pay the same price.
Sat, Sun & Holidays:8:30am-3pm
A visit to the National Archeological Museum should be in your plans while you are in Athens. There are many beautiful and interesting exhibits like the "Young Horseman" or "Poseidon". There are also thematic exhibitions that are organized monthly. When you feel you 've seen enough visit the garden cafe in the museum under the shade of trees.
The figurative works of the Greeks range from statuary to massive bronze pieces works to delicate bar-reliefs. Over the centuries it would cover the development of realistic sculpture. Most impressive are the giant bronzes recovered from different periods out of the sea off Cape Artemision.
The most important exhibits are in the main hall where the Mycenean gold is shown. The great archeologist Herman Schleimann found the Mycenean hoard and first excavated the site. He was one of the first modern archeologist and before the work in Greece he excavated at Troy in Turkey. The main find at Mycenae was a gold beauty called the Mask of Agamemnon.
The Museum is on Patission Street and is entered up fine stairs with surrounding sculptures, gardens and a cafe at which tot rest part way around the galleries. The Museum was built between 1866-91. The latest expansion was between 1932-39 but further increases continually to be made, with a closing between 2002 and 2004. The collections start with areas devoted to the neolithic period and then the Cycladic , Mycenian and Thiran works. Finally a Geometric period led into a unified modern Greek art. In the center area are the Mycenian works that should be looked at with more care than any other group of items in the museum.
THis is actually the museum I enjoyed more in Athens and not only there, though it was also the hardest to find. Let's start saying that the museum is huge if compared with the others I have visited in the city. Entering here is like going back to high school and imagine Ettore or Achille using those helmets or those swords.Then, going on you go back at arts lessons with the prof. stressing you with the great sense of proportions of ancent bronze sculptures, there is also a small egyptian area.
The museum hosts treasures dating from neolitic (6800 before christ)
The world's greatest collection of greek antiquities is in this museum started in 1880. The most famous piece is the death mask of Agamemnon. This is a Mycenaean era death mask and is possibly that of the famous greek hero of the battle of Troy.
The museum has just recently opened after a 2 year period of renovations. It is a far cry from the museum I first visited in 1962! The collection is rich in art and artifacts from all periods of Greek history.
The National Museum is astounding with it's assortment of artifacts. It deserves AT LEAST a whole day to explore. (See my travelouge for more pics from within the museum.) I don't recall what admission was but it wasn't too much.
A visit to the National Archaeological Museum when in Athens is MANDATORY!!!
It contains some of the greatest masterpieces of the most important Eras in Greece's history.From Neolithic(3500 BC)to Minoan, Mycenean (the time of the War of Troy), Classical, Hellenistic until Roman.Note that it is one of the few national museums in the world that doesn't contain exhibits of foreign civilizations.So it's literally...national.The museum has undergone a renovation. It partially opened late June 2004. Until October the museum hosts an exhibition for the Olympic Games named "Agon… Sport Spirit in Ancient Greece" that includes not only artifacts related to the Olympics in antiquity from Greece but also from museums around the world. Among the exhibits the ancient doll that Athens Games' mascot is based on!
You don't need to be an amateur archaeologist to enjoy and appreciate this wonderful museum. There are many striking exhibits which will remain in my memory long after my visit to the museum.
Star attractions include Mycenian gold, treasures from the royal tombs at Mycenae, with the famous "Mask of Agamemnon"; well preserved wall paintings from Thera (1500 B.C.), hauntingly beautiful (see photo); superb sculpture collection (see photo of the bronze "Jockey"), funerary stellae, unusual vases and more.
The museum was founded in 1856, to house and protect the invaluable ancient works of art, and the building was completed in 1889, with later additions. The building itself is a protected monument.
This is one of the world's greatest treasure troves of archeology, second only to the Acropolis as a must-see in Athens. Opened in 1874, it has the largest collection of Greek antiquities. Its numerous exhibits cover every period in ancient Greek history, from Neolithic to Roman times.
Although many "busy" greeks that walk outside the museum on Patision street never been inside the museum a lot of people know how much history you can find here.... Do your self a favor if you like museums to see some fine exables of ancient greece....
It was originally built in 3 stages at 1880 and many times since then there have been changes in the interior to create more space for new items. In ourdays there is a plan for a new underground level.
I prefer the prehistoric and sculpture collections but there are also some other collections: Bronze, Egyptyptian, Stathatos, Thera, Pottery & small Ornaments etc
The museum is open daily 8.30-15.00 (tuesday to sunday) and 13.30-20.00 (monday). The cafe on the garden is very popular too.
The entrance fee is 7 euros (3e reduced price for EU citizens over 65).
There is free entrance the first sunday of every month except July/August/September) all all sundays between November to March. It is also free on june 5, april 18, may 18 and september 27.
This is another world class museum in Athens. We arrived at 8:00 am and had the entire place to ourselves !!!! Spent about 2 hours here and saw everything in a non rushed way... admission price is 7 Euro's...A must do !!!! Highly Recommended !!!!