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Athens National Archaeological Museum

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Athens National Archaeological Museum
Alt Name:
The Acropolis, The Acropolis Museum,
Olympia Archaeological Museum, Delphi Archaeological Museum,

Athens National Archaeological Museum history

Athens National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece, housing over 20,000 exhibits spread over 8,000 square metres of an imposing nineteenth century building.

With permanent exhibitions ranging from the Neolithic era and the Mycenaean era to the Ancient Romans and even the Ancient Egyptians, the Athens National Archaeological Museum’s collection offers a comprehensive insight into the history of Greece throughout the ages, from prehistoric times to the eighteenth century.

Amongst of the most impressive exhibits at the National Archaeological Museum is its collection of Greek sculptures. This vast exhibit includes statues, altars, busts and other pieces from throughout mainland Greece and the Aegean islands. Many of the sculptures are funerary in nature and include sarcophagi and reliefs.

The Neolithic, Mycenaean, Cycladic and Thera exhibits, which make up the National Archaeological Museum’s prehistory collection, encompass everything from tools from 6800 BC to finds from the doomed settlement of Akrotiri in Thera, destroyed by a volcano in the sixteenth century BC. The Mycenaean collection is the largest exhibit at the National Archaeological Museum. This includes excavation finds from Mycenae itself as well as from the settlements of Argolid, Lakonia, Messenia, and Attika.


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contact details

Address: 44 Patission Street, Athens , 10682 Greece

Phone: +30 210 8217724

E-Mail: eam@culture.gr

visitor information

Directions to Athens National Archaeological Museum:
The nearest metro stations are Omonoia (lines 1, 2) and Viktoria (line 1). The nearest bus stop is Attikis reached via buses 224 and 226.

Athens National Archaeological Museum opening times and ticket prices:
Open Mondays 1:30pm-8pm and Tuesday to Sunday 8:30pm-3pm. Closed 1 Jan, 25 March, 1 May, Easter Sunday, 25-26 Dec. Entry costs €7 (€3 for EU citizens over 65, free for under 19s and EU students). Other discounts available. There are also “free days” inc. 6 March, 5 June, 18 April, 18 May, last weekend of Sept, 27 Sept, Sundays from Nov-March and national holidays.

Local Amenities:
There is a cafe, a shop and a restaurant on site.


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