Museum of Cycladic Art

Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens: Hours, Address, Museum of Cycladic Art Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum of Cycladic Art
4.5
10:00 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
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
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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Hystericalhappiness
Austin, TX570 contributions
Museum with great meal
We enjoy museums with restaurants. We reserved a table in advance online for 2:30 pm on a Sunday.

You need to bring proof of a Covid vaccination to enter the museum or the restaurant.

First, we spent 1.5 hours touring the temporary exhibit (3 rooms of marble statues with some from the Acropolis depicting Greek gods and Sphinxes) and permanent collection (statues, vases, jewelry, and metal objects on 4 floors). In both cases, they offered detailed English write ups. There’s no headset audio available. For 2 people, including a senior discount, it was 33 euros.

Second, we enjoyed a leisurely meal in a room with around 12 tables. They serve wine, beer, water, soft drinks, coffee, and tea. I had Prosecco while my husband had a beer. The soup of the day was a creamy fennel soup with an incredible depth of flavor. After a few days of fried food, I enjoyed a spinach salad with perfectly grilled artichoke hearts, green asparagus, and cherry tomatoes with a vinaigrette-type dressing. My husband had the grilled squid which was rubber-band chewy (it’s the common prep in Greece) served with potatoes, tomatoes, and greens. Would recommend skipping that dish. Topped off with a salted Carmel chocolate tart that overall was good although the outside crust was tad dry. It didn’t stop my husband from devouring the entire thing. Best coffee yet imbibed in Greece with side of true whipped cream. Entire bill 67 euros and well worth it.
Written October 10, 2021
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leileireid
Murano, Italy392 contributions
Very good private collection
It’s a really great private collection showing the variety and diversity of Greek and the surrounding islands through statues, pottery and glasswear. It’s very words heavy so make sure that you are in the mood to read as there is a lot of information on display for visitors.
Written September 30, 2021
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Mixalis0026
Athens, Greece121 contributions
The beauty of Greece few blocks from Athens Syntagma square
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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Michelle A
United States6 contributions
Near Aristotle’s school and it’s a must stop
Aug 2021 • Family
Wonderful little museum, it’s comprised of four floors. Children are free, adult ticket was around 10€. Stumbled across it when i was around Aristotle’s school, but so lucky i decided to go, it’s beautiful. My favorite was the fourth floor, i read everything!
Written August 12, 2021
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santonez
connecticut729 contributions
For history of the Greek islands and way of life
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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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,143 contributions
Good Collection
Jul 2021
A very strong collection of artifacts from the islands, covering all periods. Well-curated with complete descriptions of the way things evolved. Good design and layout.
Written July 5, 2021
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,143 contributions
Sweet Museum
Jul 2021
Lovely museum with a perfect cafe and a good shop. It's a nice overview of artifacts from the Cycladic Islands, very well curated with full explanations of the evolution of craft making and art. Plus a display of life in ancient Greece.
Written July 5, 2021
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nathan l
Zichron Yaakov, Israel883 contributions
A must see in Athens
Oct 2020
We have been already in all important and impressing museums in Athens, but always skipped this one, not this time.
This little museum, is a real treasure, an reveals and shocks with art objests of the cycladic era, but not only, it ha another two floors dedicated to the mycenic and meonic era as well as an impressing hall :Leventis hall dedicated to Cipriot ancient art.
Don't miss!
Written November 6, 2020
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Hannah Mirissa
London, UK37 contributions
Lovely museum and idyllic cafe
Oct 2020 • Couples
A small but very stylish museum, really well curated with a few really nice collections. Was impressed with the display of the items as it was far superior to how the other museums display/preserve their pieces.

The cafe and the shop are excellent. The cafe had amazing cake and the shop was full of great books in English as well as Greek
Written October 30, 2020
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darety
London, UK42 contributions
Interesting artifacts and museum
I thought this was a pretty interesting museum which provided insights on Cycladic culture and life. The wide range of exhibits really showed the depth of Cycladic culture and how advanced (and wide reaching) their civilisation was. Covid protections were also very thorough and the cafe looked great. The exhibits did get a little samey after a while (there’s a lot of pots) but definitely would advise coming here for a couple of hours.
Written October 24, 2020
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  • 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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