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National Archaeological Museum (Ethniko Archaiologiko Museo)

Patission 44, Athens 10682, Greece
+30 210 8217724
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Ranked #8 of 192 attractions in Athens
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums, Art Museums
Description: A museum featuring the art and artifacts of the Minoans, an ancient tribe of people who once dominated the Aegean Sea.
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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

A must-see when in Athens. It is an extensive collection; it will take all day to go through the whole museum. Their collection is nothing short of amazing. The artistry is awe inspiring. Curious: It is forbidden to POSE in front of any of the statues when taking pictures. I think that is completely ridiculous. Very nice outdoor cafe just... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Plenty to see in the museum and I would definitely recommend a visit. I would say that a couple of hours minimum is required but that is enough to see all the museum proper. After a while you start to get overwhelmed by the amount of exhibits on display but in a good way. The best part of the museum... More

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Alta Loma, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

This museum is a great museum to see, a lot of history from all of Greece. I would advise to download the FREE Rick Steves audio podcast, which walks you thru the museum and gives you the highlights of each room, very informative, instead of just walking with no info.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Speaking about museums in Athens, this one is absolute must see in the city. No wonder, that this museum is considered as one of the best in Europe. There you will find almost everything about Greek history. We spend there about four hours, and it still was not enough. What is missed - audio guides - it's worth to add.... More

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Ellsworth, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

You don't have to be scholarly or be an art major to enjoy this most wonderful museum. Some of the most famous works of art in the whole world are located in this National Archaeological Museum. And there is something for everyone to admire and enjoy.My favorite works of art are the sculptures made of marble and bronze. there is... More

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Tucson, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

After visiting Delhi, Delos, Knossos and Mycenea we got to see all the best pieces picked over at these sites. Best selections and great displays. Could take photos unlike at the Acropolis Museum. If you are going to only one museum in Greece spend your money here.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The National Archaeological Museum was much better than the Acropolis Museum. It was amazing to see how Greek art and style changed so much (especially in the 100 years that they switched out of Egyptian style). It was set up in chronological order, showing the largest collection of Greek artifacts in the world. The artifacts ranged from 7000 BC to... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The largest museum in the city. They have a collection of artifacts ranging from the Beothian era to the Byzantium era (Eastern Roman Empire) and a special exhibit of the Antikythera mechanism.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Try spending at least two hours here. Astonishing view into the past. Make sure to see statue of boy with the duck. Look at that face.

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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

It is a truly amazing Museum, particularly if you have visited the ancient sites where the artefacts were discovered.

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