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National Archaeological Museum
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The National Archaeological Museum, the first museum in the country, is the largest in Greece and one of the most important of the world. Original purpose was to house the finds from the excavations of the 19th century, mainly in Attica and other places of Greece. Over the years, the exhibition was enriched with a large number of finds from all over the Greek world. Today, the museum hosts more than  11,000 artifacts, dating from the prehistoric era to the end of the Roman Empire.

The museum is housed in an imposing neoclassical building at the center of Athens, beside the National Technical University of Athens.

The first museum was established in Aegina in 1829 by Prime Minister Ioannis Kappodistrias. The current building was donated by Helen Tositsa. First architect of the building was  L. Lange. The blueprints were modified by the architects  Panagiotis Kalkos, Armodios Vlachos and Ernst Ziller. Of course, the needs of the museum to host more and more exhibits, made it imperative for renovations and expansions of the building, which brought us to the present form.

The total exhibition covers an area of ​​8,000 sq. m. In these rooms are hosted numerous temporary exhibitions and the five large permanent collections:

The Prehistoric Collection, which includes findings by the great civilizations that developed in the Aegean from the sixth millennium BC to 1050 BC (Neolithic, Cycladic, Mycenaean), as well as the Bronze Age.

The Sculptures Collection, numbering 16000 sculptures and shows the evolution of ancient Greek sculpture from the 7th century BC to the 5th century AD.

Collection of Vase and Minor, which includes about 6000 items, representative works of ancient Greek pottery from the 11th century BC to the Roman era, as well as the collections Stathatou and Vlastou-Serpieri.

The Metallurgy Collection, one of the richest collections of bronze original works of art in the world, with many statues, figurines and miniatures.

Finally, unique to Greece The Egyptian and Near Eastern Antiquities, which is distinguished by the richness, quality and rarity of the objects, which places it in a strong position in global scale.

The library of the museum is the oldest archaeological library and hosts over 20,000 titles, a number which is constantly increasing. Particularly rich and valuable is the photographic archive, which is also the oldest and wealthiest of the Archaeological Service. There are also modern conservation laboratories for metal, ceramic, stone, cast workshop, organic materials and chemical laboratory.

Besides displaying the exhibits and the maintenance and preservation of the findings, the museum serves as a center for study and research for scientists from around the world, participating in special educational and other programs.


Visiting hours

Monday: 13:30-20:00

Tuesday-Sunday and holidays: 09:00-16:00

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