•The National Archaeological Museum is the biggest museum of
Athens and one of the most important in the world. It is housed in a
majestic neoclassical building created by architects L. Lange and
Ziller in the 19th century.
•The exhibits cover many different periods and places of Greece.
•When the visitor enters the museum he is faced with the Prehistoric
• The Prehistoric Collection includes exhibits from the Cycladic
Civilization (circa 2.800 B.C). Vases and everyday objects that were
discovered mostly in cemeteries of various Cycladic islands are
displayed here. The Cycladic figurines can also be seen.
•Visitors can also admire here findings of the Neolithic settlements
(circa 5.300 B.C.): vases, everyday objects and abstract figurines.
•The visitor has the opportunity to admire the golden jewelry, the
ornate swords and the golden funerary masks of the Minoan and
The visitors can also admire a collection of sculptures from
ancient Greece.Visitors can see:
• Daedalic sculptures heavily influenced by the sculptures of
• Kouroi and Korae, the male and female type of the Archaic
• The famous bronze statue of Poseidon/ Zeus of the period 490-
• A copy of Pheidias Athena, and statues of the other famous
classical sculptor, Polykleitos.
• Sculptures of the Hellinistic Period and of the Roman Period
(realistic portraits of the Roman Emperors)
• Metallic vases with elaborate decoration.
• The armor of the Archaic era is part of this exhibition.
• The famous and mysterious mechanism of Antikythera is on
• A chariot with all its metallic parts.
Museum (part 2)
• The National Museum of Contemporary Art is
fairly new since it opened in 2000. Its’ aim is to
offer an official space for contemporary Greek
and foreign artists, to organize exhibitions and
eventually to build its own collection.
• It is housed in a former brewery building.
• At this point there is no permanent collection on
display. The museum organizes exhibitions that
include parts of what will become the permanent
collection of the museum.
• The Museum of Acropolis is the newest architectural jewel of
the city of Athens. Its building is a modern one covered mostly
with glass that allows the natural sunlight to lighten the
• As the visitor approaches the building, he can see through the
glass floor the ongoing excavation of houses and public
buildings from the 5th B.C. to the7th A.D that stood at the feet
• You can see artifacts that were discovered at the slopes of
Acropolis, vases and small statues, fragments of the temple.
• The archaic statues, Kouroi and Korae, that stood outside
and inside of the temples are displayed.
• There are also few samples of the Severe Style (490-450 BC)
in Sculpture and the famous relief of the Mourning Athena.
The Museum of Acropolis (part 2)
• On the third floor, there is the Parthenon Gallery. Here,
the visitor can admire the sculptures of the pediment and
the relieves of the metopes and frieze of the Parthenon.
They are placed in a manner that simulates their original
position in antiquity.
• Through the surrounding windows the visitor can see the
actual building of the Parthenon.
• The third floor also has a small room where a film about
the history of the building of the Parthenon is presented.
• On the second floor there is a café-restaurant, a shop, a
multimedia center and a terrace. Every Friday the
museum is open untill 10 o'clock at night and its' famous
restaurant is open until 12 o' clock at night. Enjoy a
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