Museum of Cycladic Art
Museum of Cycladic Art
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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About
A dynamic cultural institution in the centre of Athens, the Museum of Cycladic Art focuses on promoting the ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with particular emphasis on Cycladic art of the third millennium BC. The Museum’s permanent collections include 3000 Cycladic, ancient Greek, and ancient Cypriot artefacts, witnesses to the cultures that flourished in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean from the fourth millennium BC to approximately the sixth century AD. The Museum of Cycladic Art’s temporary exhibitions focus on archaeology and modern and contemporary art with the aim to familiarize the public with important twentieth and twenty-first century artists and to explore the relations between ancient cultures and modern art. Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Thomas Struth, Louise Bourgeois, Sarah Lucas, Ugo Rondinone, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Ai Weiwei, and Cy Twombly are among the artists hosted.
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Neighborhood: 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.
How to get there
  • Evangelismos • 6 min walk
  • Syntagma • 8 min walk
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  • Axu K
    Helsinki, Finland66 contributions
    Lovely small but modern museum
    Nice collection of Cycladic artefacts. Unlike many of the other major attractions, this place was not yet crowded in May. Accessibility was excellent with the exception of the museum shop. If you are in a wheelchair, you cannot enter the shop at all as it is entirely located on stairs.
    Written June 2, 2022
  • NCTravelFam
    49 contributions
    Focused and Worthwhile
    We really enjoyed this museum in Athens, smaller and more focused than the well regarded National Museum. The antiquities on display were accompanied by informative explanations. As suggested, we began on the top floor and worked our way down. The museum was an easy walk from the Plaka.
    Written September 24, 2022
  • DenverJanine
    Denver, Colorado40 contributions
    Small but important museum
    This a great history lesson and is much less overwhelming than many of the other museums in Athens. It is well curated with lots of simple information about each period and the type of art that you are seeing. Highly recommend! This is where it all started so is good to go first, especially if you will traveling to the Greek islands during your trip.
    Written June 13, 2022
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Raleigh, NC5 contributions
Jan 2023
Interesting and chock full of history and artifacts to see. Not as friendly for small children. The website states that they have some interactive options for small children, but we were not offered them when purchasing our tickets. This museum may be great for teenagers and adults but not so much for younger children.
Written January 30, 2023
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Mixalis0026
Athens, Greece126 contributions
Sep 2021
One of the best places to visit when in Athens. A rare collection of cycladic artifacts just a couple of blocks distance from Athens Syntagma square coupled with a fabulous shop and one of the best cafes you can find at city Centre. Very good for family breakouts as well as short visits when in a business trip.
Written September 11, 2021
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Pauline and Ala... D
Etchingham, UK143 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Well curated museum with some tremendous exhibits. You can easily spend a lot of time here, but equally you can be more selective if you have limited time. There is a cafe on site serving snacks and home made juices and a shoot with a good selection of books and cards.
Written February 26, 2020
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Ron S
New York City, NY5,196 contributions
Jan 2020
This museum looks like a small private collection and it's only 25% Cylcadic art as only 1 floor out of 4 is dedicated to it. The Cycladic exhibit at the Metropolitan in NYC is much better. The entire museum took us about 30-40 minutes.
Written January 28, 2020
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Bella D
Milan, Italy12 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
Packed with interesting artifacts, and helpful information, this museum is beautifully curated. The content was fantastic and the one way system meant that we did not feel uncomfortable in a fairly small museum. Really recommend! Also, if you go on a Monday, admission is half price.
Written August 10, 2020
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permia
Ireland38,175 contributions
Feb 2020
Before getting to antiquity we saw the temporary exhibition In the Realm of the Senses by the American artist Lynda Benglis. A grand assortment, contrasting with the permanent collection.

It was a marvellous opportunity to see so many artefacts from a period that we hadn’t previously viewed.

Figurines, mostly female, are central motifs of the art eon displayed. Mostly, but not exclusively, from the third millennium BC and crafted in clay. A common feature shows their hands in front.

Vessels of disparate style are numerous. Large Attic Pyxis with four horse figurines atop are wonderful. The base is decorated with intricate geometric patterns.

Vessels used for storing oil known as Lekythos have elongated bodies with ornamentation and a handle attached to the neck.

Cypriot art from antiquity is well represented. Basket shaped vessels with goat heads on the rim are most impressive. Twin necked jugs with varied animals on the horizontal bars form another absorbing sequence.

Scenes from everyday life in ancient times completed the visit.
Written March 28, 2020
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Susan D
connecticut737 contributions
Jul 2021
Very nice museum. The cafe looks so cute. It was a little difficult as they had to space people out to visit each floor due to Covid. This caused us to have to wait a while to get in and then again on each floor. Not their fault, but took extra time and the museum was closing so we had to hurry up once we were on a floor. Worth a visit!
Written July 27, 2021
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VTJedi
Virginia3,008 contributions
May 2022
I'm glad we chose to visit this museum. It was really nice and well laid out. Fun to see a class of greek school children here as well. We enjoyed our visit which took about 1 - 1.5 hours. We got a lot more out of the visit having just spent about 2 weeks in the Islands.
Written August 28, 2022
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Chandi M
Jerusalem, Israel301 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Small galleries with a lot of items shedding light on history. Heartwarming to see many school kids being educated. Found myself smiling at a stature thousands years old reflecting the same photo i took of myself with a coffee cup that day.
Written February 11, 2020
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Jazzumbo
Romania1,699 contributions
Aug 2019
A fabulous collection of Picasso clay plates and statuettes that seem to be inspired from Cycladic art is on display until October at Museum of Cycladic Art.
Although the Mediterranean influence in the art of Picasso is well documented, it's amazing to see in his creations the hints of Cycladic artifacts, crafted about 3000 years ago, on the opposite side of the Mediterranean.
Some of the Picasso's favorite themes - bull, minotaur, dove, owl, fish, goat, flute player - are all to be found in Cycladic pottery and figurines.
This exhibition is really mind blowing! Don’t miss it, if you’re in Athens until October!
The permanent exhibition is also great and very well organized.
Written August 21, 2019
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Museum of Cycladic Art (Athens) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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Museum of Cycladic Art is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Mon 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed - Wed 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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