Athens National Archaeological Museum

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Silent Vehicle to Travel Back in Time Feb 28, 2013
Another significant place for art and archaeology enthusiasts is the National Archaeological Museum of Athens (Greece). The museum is situated at the city center of Athens and is literally huge as it occupies one block with Tossitsu street, Ipirou street, Boubolina street, and Patission street enclosing it.

The museum is by far the largest of its kind in Greece (and probably one of the biggest in the world) and is dedicated to ancient Greek art and culture. It displays Greek antiquities with artistic, cultural and historical values.

Despite its size, visitors would not get it hard because brochures and pamphlets are ready at the entrance booth. There are lots of guards and ushers that are ready to assist. One thing I noticed is that, the ticket booth is so small to accommodate large number of visitors at a time considering such a huge museum building.

As you go along with the exhibits, be sure to refer to the brochures not to confuse on "what is what or which is which" as there are thousands of items on displays. There are more than 30 halls and rooms at the ground floor and a huge display hall at the first floor. The display includes prehistoric collection, sculpture collection, vase and pottery collections, metallurgy collection, and Egyptian antiquity collection. There is also vast archive of photographs and manuscripts.

The museum is also used as research center for scholars and scientists all over the world.

At the basement of the building, there is a souvenir shop and a small cafe the quench your thirst.

These pieces of exhibits are silent vehicles to travel back in time - to appreciate the history, art and culture of ancient Greeks.

With entrance fee of 7 euro, the museum is worth a visit. Take time to visit, and you will not regret it!
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spocklogic says:
I read lauro's review a while back - thanks for the extra perspective as it's always good to see different points of view in review.
Posted on: Mar 02, 2013
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Athens National Archaeological Museum Nov 23, 2012
The Athens National Archaeological Museum is one of the highlights while visiting athens. you can see the "mini-ancient greece" inside this small but huge array of collections from the different periods of greek history and antiquity plus artifacts from ancient egypt and asia minor that made it one of the great museums in the world.

the museum was established in 1829 and located more or less in central athens in 28 oktovriou street. it is not hard to miss as the museum is close to the polytechnic university and walking distance to the metro stations of victoria and omonia.

the collections inside the museum are quite stagerring and impressive as the oldest pieces are more than 5000 years old and some had to be painstakingly re-assembled piece by piece as they were found broken by archeologists.

the highlights of the museum included: the mask of agammenon, the mythical king of mycenae who unified the ancient greeks against troy in the trojan war. the very first human head figure from the cycladic civilization - the oldest civilization in greece. the frescos of the minoan civilization - the 2nd oldest in greece and the replica statue of the varvakeion athena parthenos - the patron goddess of athens in classical greece.

if you are a greek mythology fan, you should never miss seeing this museum, aside from the important artifacts mentioned above - there are many more finds to see such as metopes from the great temples dedicated to the gods, bust and sculptures of the mythological gods, ancient greek writings, tools/pottery/accesories from the oldest civilizations and many more!

for a whole day of excursion in the museum - it only cost 7 euros for entrance! there is also a cafe outside so you can have refreshments after exploring for hours - the mini-ancient greece. so if youre a greek mythology nut like me - do it! lol
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lauro says:
sylvia : the mediterenean hospitality is the best in europe!
Posted on: Dec 25, 2012
lauro says:
harriet: if you have little time to spend in greece - this would be a perfect opportunity to see everything in the civilizations that originated in greece ^^
Posted on: Dec 25, 2012
Africancrab says:
Outstanding, I should enjoy visiting this one.
Posted on: Dec 24, 2012

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