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Museum of Cycladic Art

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Kolonaki / Lykavittos
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Address: 4 Neophytou Douka Str. | Kolonaki, Athens 10674, Greece
Phone Number: +30. 2107228321-3
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: The Museum of Cycladic Art is a private living cultural institution in the...
The Museum of Cycladic Art is a private living cultural institution in the heart of Athens. More than 3.000 objects of Cycladic, Ancient Greek and Cypriot art (dating from the 5th millennium BC to the 6th century AD) are displayed in the galleries of the four floors of the Museum of Cycladic Art. This summer the museum also hosts two contemporary art exhibitions by artists Jannis Kounelis and Ugo Rondinone. The museum can be accessed either from the entrance from the Stathatos Mansion (1 Irodotou Str & Vasilissis Sofias Avenue) or from the entrance at 4 Neofytou Douka Str & Vasilissis Sofias Avenue.
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It is one of the places where you will see some of the most primitive arts of sculpture in the world. This visit is definetly worth while.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

It is one of the places where you will see some of the most primitive arts of sculpture in the world. This visit is definetly worth while.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This museum is a bit off the beaten track and tricky to find - but it is a delight and a MUST-SEE. It is a private collection of ancient treasures - beautiful objects, sculptures, everyday artefacts, military equipment. The contents are in amazing condition, beautifully preserved and presented dating back to 3500BC. Its not a big place but it is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

In Kolonaki District - so a bit of a walk from the Plaka but more than worth it. A beautiful museum with an incredible collection of artifacts and thoughtfully laid out with excellent explanations throughout every exhibit. Visiting this museum prepared me for visiting the surrounding Greek islands. I understood the culture and the time-line of Ancient Greece with much... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Nicely laid out museum, easy to see the art work in it's best light. But how, why, is it so different from artwork on the mainland at the same time? The Minoans come to mind.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

If you want to see beautiful ancient artifacts, well explained and displayed, you cannot do better than this museum. I had been told if you had time for only museum in Athens, or (as in my case) you do not find ancient sculptures particularly interesting, this is the place to go. The museum's four floors are devoted to their permanent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Not the museum ....the artefacts inside. For somebody that lives in Australia the age of the items on show in this museum is hard to imagine. Some are 5000-6000 years old ! I had no idea that in such ancient times the population was so advanced, it is absolutely fascinating. There is an exhibition on until 31st May about early... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The stable exhibiion is really interesting when visiting Athens. Also there are many temporary exhibitions that are worth visiting. Be informed here:http://www.cycladic.gr/ for the exhibitions and any extra info.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I was so glad to have gone to this museum. Despite its name, it has more than just Cycladic Art, although its collection of that alone would have been worth it. It is almost like a miniature of the archaeological museum. I highly recommend it. Start on the top floor and work your way down, allowing about 1 to 1... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

i didn't know much about this aspect of history until going tothe museum, but I was absoutely fascinated by the art and the objects here. I found it inspiring and am looking for a good copy of a peice of the cycladic art for my home as it had quite an impact on me.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I think this is one of the most attractive and well presented museums that I have visited. It focuses on early Cycladic art but has a small but fine selection of ancient Greek art and artifacts. I was particularly impressed with the highly informative gallery on 'everyday life' in ancient Greece.

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Kolonaki / Lykavittos
By far the ritziest neighborhood in town, Kolonaki is home to most of the chic boutiques and designer label stores. Here, the wealthy say no to austerity by dressing in their finest and spending hours in the trendy cafés around Kolonaki Square, sipping the most expensive coffee in Europe. The area also contains a couple of notable museums and cultural institutions, which add to the air of nobility. The leafy upper reaches of Kolonaki transition into Lykavittos Hill, the highest point in central Athens. Climb the paths through its wooded slopes to the tiny chapel at the top, from where you are rewarded with stunning views across the Acropolis to the sea and even the mountains of the Peloponnese on a clear day. The wooden amphitheater up here hosts regular concerts during the summer.