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Museum of Cycladic Art
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The Museum of Cycladic Art is located in Athens and is one of the most important museums of prehistoric and ancient Greek art. The museum was founded in 1986, originally to house the collection of Cycladic and Ancient Greek art of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris. The creation of this collection began in 1960 and over the years grew and acquired more and more fame and recognition.

The main building was designed by architect John Vikelas located on Neophytou Douka street. The large number of donations that were provided to the museum over the years with the increased need arising for hospitality, led to the expansion of the museum. Thus, in 1991 Stathatos building was granted to the museum. This building was designed by architect Ernest Ziller in 1895. This is one of the most important architectural examples of neoclassicism in Athens which combines Roman and Greek architecture in a very harmonious way. In this building are hosted the temporary exhibitions. The two buildings are joined together internally through a specially shaped runway.

 

In the main building are housed the permanent collections which are distributed in 4 floors. On the first floor is shown the collection of Cycladic Art, one of the largest worldwide, which is the core of the Museum. On the second floor is hosted the exhibition of ancient Greek art. A collection consisting of about 350 exhibits and several interactive applications that try to approach the history of societies in the Aegean from the Middle Bronze Age (2nd century BC) until the end of the Roman period (4th century AD). On the third floor is the Cyprus collection, donated by collector Thanos N. Zintilis. It is one of the largest private collections of Cypriot antiquities in the world covering the archeology of Cyprus from the fourth millennium BC to the early Byzantine period. Finally, on the fourth floor is housed the collection entitled "Scenes from everyday life in antiquity", which attempts to transfer the visitor to the world of antiquity. The exhibition attempts a virtual journey through space and time by using modern techniques. The journey begins in the world of gods and heroes reaches the kingdom of the underworld and presents the daily activities of ordinary people.

 

In Museum of Cycladic Art also works department of Educational Projects. The programs are addressed for students of Primary and Secondary Education.

 

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Wednesday - Friday - Saturday: 10:00 to 17:00

Thursday: 10:00 to 20:00

Sunday: 11:00 to 17:00

Tuesday: closed