The National and Archaeological Museum hosts the most ancient exhibits in Greece. More specifically it is about a collection of ancient items from the period of Prehistory to Late Antiquity. In addition a neoclassical building houses the museum. Firstly L. Lange designed it. Chronologically Ernst Ziller follows of him as a key designer of the museum.
The National and Archaeological Museum in Athens gallery
The exhibition of the artifacts includes five collections: The Collection of Prehistoric Antiquities houses findings came from Aegean. Beautifully do these antiquities adorn the museum. Chronologically are from the 7th millennium BC to 1050 BC. Also they originate from mainland Greece and Troy. Furthermore some important artifacts are ancient jewelers. These jewelers are coming from the royal tombs in Greek ancient Mycenae. Also they originate from the Cycladic marble figurines and wall paintings such as the frescoe of spring of Thera.
The Sculpture Collection includes artifacts transferred to the Archaeological Museum from other museums. Furthermore there was an addition of findings to the collection due to the excavations.Significant is the contribution of the Archaeological Society of Athens (1884 - 1893). The sculptures came from sanctuaries and cemeteries in the mainland of Greece. In addition they originate from the Aegean islands and from other regions of Greece.
The National and Archaeological Museum exhibits
The Bronze Collection reflects the development of metalworking . Some of the exhibits are metal figurines, bronze objects and vases. Excavations uncovered findings at approximately the beginning of the 20th century. The collection was also enriched after the donation of the politician Karapanos (1902) and the doctor K.Lambros (1899), who donated medical tools.
Generously the politician Karapanos (1902) provided a donation to the collection. Similarly Karapanos the doctor K.Lambros (1899) donated medical tools to it. The Vases and Minor Arts Collection includes ancient potters came from the famous potters of Attic, Boeotian and other cities, Ionic and islands.
Such artifacts that came from sanctuaries originate from Sounio in Attica. The Collection of Stathatos and Vlastos - Serpieris includes minor objects. It also includes glass vases, figurines, vessels and jewelry. On the other hand the Egyptian Collection hosts rare artifacts. Moreover Ioannis Dimitriou and Alexandros Rostovitch donated to the collection.
Afterwards the Greek Archaeological Society, the Egyptian government and findings from excavations also donated to the collection. The Cypriot Collection houses artifacts from different parts of the Greek history. More specifically ages start from the Early Bronze Age (approximately 2500 BC) to the Roman times (4th century AD). The collection was also enriched owned to purchases from the Archaeological Society and donations.
44 Patission , Athens, 2132144800
Opening hours until March 31st 2017: Monday from 13.00- 20.00 and from Tuesday to Sunday from 09.00- 16.00.
General admission ticket: full €15, reduced €8
How to get there?
By using the metro system or ISAP : station Omonia or Victoria
By Bus: B5, A6, B6, E6, A7, B7, E7, A8, B8, A12, B12, Γ12, E12, 022, 035, 046, 060, 200, 224, 605, 608, 622