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“Ancient Greece and More”

National Archaeological Museum
Ranked #11 of 285 things to do in Athens
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

Take a look back at Ancient Atens and see why it is still such a warm attraction to visitors from around the world.

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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

This is THE museum to visit in Athens. Load the Rick Steves audio tour and go it alone. An amazingly well designed museum with wonderful art in an historical context. Don’t just visit the Acropolis Museum. This is SO much better.

1  Thank Monica R
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Particularly enjoyed the current exhibition & there is a lovely garden cafe downstairs.
Might not be a must see, but it was close to our hotel.

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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

This museum houses one of the world's most amazing archeological collections, with gems from Neolithic through Roman periods. Think the British Museum or the Metropolitan without the breadth of civilisations but with the depth that a country such as Greece (think also Mexico) can offer. Unfortunately, despite improvements over the years, this remains a confusing irritating place, which has yet to understand that less can be more. As a result, with the key exception of the wonderful Mycenean finds covering roughly 1600 through 1100 BC, it is often difficult to pick the real gems as nothing really stands out in the jumble of cases that make up the bronze and vase collections or the endless rooms of sculpture. They had a special exhibit with some highlights but there was no really sense of historical flow in it. However, there is no acousti-guide, few if any qualified guides on hand (In fact no-one when we were there) and nothing is highlighted. The museum is in many ways a throw back to the 19th century with its emphasis on scholarly completeness. I would love it if they store two thirds of what is on show and present the rest in an integrated meaningful fashion! They could probably make money loaning out the rest.
Despite my frustration, I made two visits if 3-4 hours and still did not cover everything. If you are in Athens for four or more days, I recommend you spend two hours a day if you love archeology, history and museums. If you are in a hurry, I suggest you focus on the ground floor central alley and the Mycenean period. The Cycladic Museum is better for that period and you can find much more classical Greek items in other museums. The Mycenean collection is unique!

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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

Best Museum we’ve visited ever. 10 Euros each is a steal for a full morning’s visit. The exhibits range from Neolithic to Christian times and the statue of Zeus/Poseidon will live in our memories

2  Thank Linda A
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