National Archaeological Museum, Athens

4.6
#2 of 625 in Museums in Greece
The largest of Athens' many museums, National Archaeological Museum houses a vast collection of ancient artifacts unearthed from a variety of excavation sites around Greece. The museum's world-famous Mycenaean collection includes the 19th century finds by archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, featuring golden funerary masks, relief stelae, alabaster tools, ivory carvings, and jewelry. The museum also displays a staggering array of ancient figurines, frescoes from the volcanic island of Santorini, and the oldest known mechanical computer, designed to predict astronomical positions and eclipses. There's so much to see here, it may take you several visits to absorb it all. Make your trip through ancient history a bit more comprehensible by arranging for a guided tour of the museum's most representative exhibits. National Archaeological Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Athens Edition.
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  • National Archeological Museum gets top billing as a first-rate museum and it justly earns such accolades. A real gem. 10 euro each—I recall cash only. This is a premier museum with many wings and wort...  more »
  • Definitely worth visiting this museum. It is a pity that the presentation is rather old-fashioned through texts. Why not make investments in an audio guide system in different languages. This could make the museum a lot more attractive and interactive.
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  • It's the best archeological museum I've ever visited! If you are interested in ancient Greek history, you definitely should go here. It displays unique pieces of art, its collection consists huge amount of wonderful exhibits. It will be interesting for anyone, kids or adults. We were so excited and spent 3 hours here. I'm sure it's worth to see to understand yourself as well.
  • Probably the best museum in Greece and one of the most important in the whole world. Although a bit underrated, it has invaluable collections of ancient Greek art. Unfortunately, due to the lack of space, there are some really exciting and rare "treasures" stacked in the warehouses and put on display only temporarily. Access is easy but can be crowded at times both during the weekend, but also during weekdays due to many schools visits. Highly recommended!
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