National Archeological Museum, Athens
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)
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 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.
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.
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 !!!!
Being on of the best in the world, at least that is what the Greeks claim, I decided that I had to visit it. It is a very impressive museum and they do have a lot to offer. Most of the findings are on the ground floor. The cost is 7 euro and if you want a guide it is a further 10 euro. they do not have audio guides only real ones the lady told me. If archeology or art is your thing then is the place for you to visit.
Interesting that priceless coleection of this museum were hidden underground during World War II, and when I visited the museum I undertood why.
Absolutely unique and huge collection from ancient world!
Here I could easily recognize vases and sculptures which all art students must know.
Dypylon Amphora from geometric period; Kouros statues; Youth of Antikythira from Hellenistic period and so on.
I spent about 5 hours there and could stay longer if they would not close the museum. If you are really interested, be there as early as possible.
Also the museum has very nice cafe with interesting interior on a first level.
The large number of outdoor monuments and ruins in Athens makes an archeological museum seem a bit superfluous. Nevertheless, there are two very good reasons to visit this institution: (1) the heat; and (2) the impressive collection of items and explanations. The museum has a large number of artefacts that are not just from Athens but from the entire ancient Hellenic world, categorized both chronologically and by region. There are excellent descriptions in English and Greek of the significance of the items and the unique characteristics, all of which makes this museum a worthwhile stop before or during the outdoor monuments (as it gives the visitor a bit of insight into the larger monuments).
That was my sentiment. Breathtaking. Mind boggling breathtaking!
Walk back Greek history 5000 years+ through the many galleries showcasing a staggering collection of Greek artifacts, masterpieces and treasures. The place is a destination by itself. Be prepared to spend hours here especially if you are into history and museums.
Almost always crowded, guided tours were exploding around the place when I was there (with old ladies muttered silent "ooh"s and "ahh"s over some of the gold pieces). Heinrich Schliemann's golden Mask of Agamemmon welcomes almost every visitor at the start of the first gallery.
Ogle at the many sculptured Greek Gods (the forebears of the modern Adonis) or leer at the sultry statue of Aphrodite as she tries to swat away an overcurious Pan. Walk through galleries and galleries of Greek methologies and legends and gape at the richness of the information hitting your mind.
Should you find yourself waning among the onslaught, take a breather at the open-air statue garden in the base level. There is an on-site cafe as well as a museum shop should you wish to carry some of the images back.
Apr-15 Oct, Mon 12:30-7, Tues-Sun 8:30-7;
16 Oct-Mar, Mon 10:30-5, Tues-Sun 8:30-3.
Closed Jan 1, Mar 25, May 1, Easter Sun, Dec 25-26; open reduced hrs other holidays.
6 Euros (?)
TIP: In Europe, there are many excuses to visit historical sites for FREE. I hadn't planned for it but I got into the Museum for free on European Heritage Day.
This is a 2-4 hour affair depending on how much interest you have in reading history. There are many statues and archaeological finds that are interesting to look and read about. This museum definitely has a lot of treasures here. However, plan only for a half day here and then move on to something else.
The National Archaeological Museum ranks among the top ten museums in the world. So of course, as I am such a history buff, this museum was top on my Athens to-see list..Its collection which is housed in a beautiful neoclassic building near the juncture of Alexandras Avenue on Patission Avenue, really really impressed me. There is a gift shop where again of course, I had brought some tacky Greek miniture,I enjoyed a moments rest in the cafe which was brillantly located in the sculptured garden.
Also another interesting and good thing is that children under 6 and EU students get in free.
Oh, this statue is the one which I remember from my seconday school history books.
Museum is very big and interesting, give one day to visit it.
Although I visited Cycladic Art and National Archeological museums and Sounio on the same day. I was so tired... felt asleep without dinner.