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National Archaeological Museum, Athens

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The largest of Athens' many museums, National Archaeological Museum houses a vast collection of ancient artifacts unearthed from a variety of excavation sites around Greece. The museum's world-famous Mycenaean collection includes the 19th century finds by archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, featuring golden funerary masks, relief stelae, alabaster tools, ivory carvings, and jewelry. The museum also displays a staggering array of ancient figurines, frescoes from the volcanic island of Santorini, and the oldest known mechanical computer, designed to predict astronomical positions and eclipses. There's so much to see here, it may take you several visits to absorb it all. Make your trip through ancient history a bit more comprehensible by arranging for a guided tour of the museum's most representative exhibits. National Archaeological Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , international travel planner Edition.
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  • They have a huge number of many wonderful things in here to see, many things from the mycenean and minoan cultures from 1600 BC, all very old and all very interesting. Well worth seeing and learnt a.....  more
    They have a huge number of many wonderful things in here to see, many things from the mycenean and minoan cultures from 1600 BC, all very old and all very interesting. Well worth seeing and learnt a.....  more »
  • The museum is a little out of the centre of Athens. We were determined to walk there and saw the less glamorous side of the city as a result. The building itself is old and a bit austere but the... 
    The museum is a little out of the centre of Athens. We were determined to walk there and saw the less glamorous side of the city as a result. The building itself is old and a bit austere but the...  more »
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  • Wow. If there is one thing to do in Athens besides visiting the Acropolis, it is this museum. This is filled with tons of rare artifacts and knowledge about the entire history of Greece. You can see beautiful statues starting from Ancient Greek all the way up to the Roman period. They have an incredible display of items that easily should take you several hours to review in full. I also highly suggest going to their cafe at the end for some excellent coffee.
  • This was quite a beautiful museum. It costs €12 per adult, students under 25yrs are €5. It took us about 4 hours to work through the whole two story building. It has so many beautiful statues, weapons, vases and jewelry going all the way back to 3000 BC.

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