National Archaeological Museum, Greece

Price Range

6 - 12.00

Reviews

4.6

Overview

In Greece, the world’s largest archaeological museum with the richest collection of antique materials is the National Archaeological Museum. In the 19th century, this ancient time museum was founded and designed by L. Lange. It is located between Epirus Street, Tositsas street, and Bouboulinas street.

 

Here you can see 11,000 exhibits that took gradually from the different sides of the world. The museum covers 8,000-m² area; many halls are created on each floor including exhibition grounds. This museum re-presents culture, the historical value of the Greek.  If you feel hungry then do not worry about that there is a beautiful cafe; without a ticket, you can enter the cafe.

 

In Greece, the National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum with huge collections of antiquities. In 1829, the museum was established to protect the memories of ancient times by collecting antique things from all over Greece. The depth of the Bronze and Stone Age influences visitors in the Roman era.

 

Here you can see the sculptures of the classical period. Cycladic art, very expensive statues, architecture, Roman art, and many more. The area of this museum is very big that is why you do not cover everything in one day. So that you need at least two-three days for watching everything. However, you do not have that much time then must-visit highlights corner of the museum. 

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 04:00 pm
  • Monday : 09:00 am to 04:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 01:00 pm to 08:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 09:00 am to 04:00 pm
  • Thursday : 09:00 am to 04:00 pm
  • Friday : 09:00 am to 04:00 pm
  • Saturday : 09:00 am to 04:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • By Electric train & Metro : Nearest station is Victoria station or Omonia.
  • By Trolley : If you think to chose trolley then go for 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14.
  • By Bus : Bus is also an another affordable option; bus no B5, A6 , B6, E6, A7, B7, E7, A8, B8, A12, B12, F12, E12, 022, 035, 046, 060, 200, 224, 605, 608, 622.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • Ticket : Over 65 years old EU citizens, and non-EU countries Universities students have to pay € - 6.

Tourist Attraction

 

Antiquities things of Prehistoric time - From the time of the 7th millennium to around 1050 BC, this time prehistorical collection, civilization is re-present in this museum. Not only this but also Troy, Neolithic period, Bronze Age, and the Aegean islands unique works are present here. On the ground floor (Hall 3-6. 48) you can see the collection of Neolithic Antiquities, Cycladic Antiquities, Thera Antiquities, and the collection of Mycenaean Antiquities.

 

Sculpture - The sculpture takes a major role to represent ancient times history. Now, these days the museum is full of approximately 16,000 sculptures. The sculptured collect from sanctuaries, Attica, necropolises, Peloponnese, Aegean island and many other corners of the world. On the ground floor go to Hall no 7-35 to watch the sculpture of the Archaic period, Classical and Hellenistic Period, Roman Period. If you want to see a metalwork collection of Geometric period, Archaic and classic period then go to Hall 36-39 which is also on the ground floor.

 

Vase and the beautiful Minor arts - The collection of the vase and minor arts was started in the 19th century and now you can see approximately 6,000 objects new collections are added, silver and gold vessels, Stathatos, the Vlastos-Serpieris, the Hellenistic, etc. Newly collections are shows in rooms 57-63. Geometric collections are displayed on the 1st floor of room 49-50, Archaic Period collections are shows 1st-floor hall 50-54, classical period 1st-floor hall 55-56 and late classical periods shows 1st-floor hall 56-57.

 

Egyptian Antiquities - Egyptian collections are more interesting and attractive not only in quality but also the expensive value. The collections are collects by two Greek Immigrants who come from Egypt and are stored in the museum year of 1880 & 1904. Start with the ground floor, hall 40-41 to watch the Egyptian collection, then go hall 40-41 to see the early dynastic period and hall 40-41 gives you the knowledge of ancient and middle kingdom.

 

Cypriot Antiquities - To overlook the Bronze age, Geometric time, archaic and classic period Cypriot antiquities then go to the 1st-floor hall 64. 

Address

National Archaeological Museum, 28is Oktovriou, Athens, Greece

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Ondřej Ezr
Ondřej Ezr
08/29/2020 17:33
Awesome exposition, although, I'm quite biased as I love ancient Greek history :)
Eileen Weed
Eileen Weed
09/11/2020 19:18
Mostly sculptures, and many very old ones from thousands of years ago. I found the tombstones especially touching, showing the dead person reaching for her baby, or looking in a mirror. Thank goodness I was listening to the Rick Steves Audio Europe App (free download online), he described the artworks so enthusiastically that it made the visit that much more valuable.
Nour Saadi
Nour Saadi
08/26/2020 19:11
They make me through my Cafe before they answered me about the intense . I didn't get inside because i didn't have 12€ so no museum and no cafe .
Machiel Visser
Machiel Visser
09/06/2020 22:42
A bit too much of the same thing (statues and vases). Would be nice if the exhibition had more interactive background information on these objects.
Andrej T
Andrej T
08/03/2020 21:52
Some really exciting pieces of history. Especially the objects of everyday life of the people who lived during the ages before christ were pretty interesting. But be prepared that all the vases will look the same after a while.

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FAQs

This museum gives you the knowledge to know systematic history of the ancient period. Therefore, it is worth a visit.
There are more than 100 museums but the National Archaeological Museum is the largest one.
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