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National Archaeological Museum

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Address: Patission 44, Athens 10682, Greece
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Not a museum but the temple of classical harmony!

You need some days to see this shelter of masterpieces in every kind and material. Sculpture, vase painting and small objects from the greek prehistory till the romam imperial... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You need some days to see this shelter of masterpieces in every kind and material. Sculpture, vase painting and small objects from the greek prehistory till the romam imperial times.

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Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The difference between this and the Acropolis Museum (partially privately funded) was stark. Amazing collection but classically public maintenance. Unclear signage, dirty. Still worth a visit but several collection rooms were closed on our visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What we saw was great, however, three wings were closed, and we left disappointed we couldn't see more. We budgeted a lot of time for it, but were through in less than 2 hours.

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Thank JDOntarioCanada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you want a good look into Greek history this is the place to go. Very well displayed by the historical periods Greece went through. A must see.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When you enter the museum, it's not quite as impressive as some of the other major historical museums of the world. A little run down, a little more plain. But don't let that fool you! We roamed around for a couple of hours and spent most of the time in awe of just how old and well preserved all the... More 

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Thank Amelianaire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a great museum. But not that great. I hoped to see more, considering the great history of Greece, more artefacts, more sculptures, more severe/ classical sculptures. But you will surely identify a few exhibits from your history book, wich is so emotionally every time it happens. Don't miss the frescoes from Akrotiri, there are only 3 but all beautiful... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 410 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Regardless of the hordes of school kids of ALL ages (I felt like the 300 v the Persians !) we still got to enjoy a fabulous Museum and had fun watching the younger ones amazed as they were lectured and most appeared enthralled ? The older kids, well that's today's youth, God help us ! The exhibits were varied &... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Allot plenty of time as there is a bounty of great displays and lots of printed information. Well-worth a day of quiet indoor exploration. In the off season some areas are closed, but we still had plenty to feast on and loved the lack of crowds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I'll never forget walking right into the National Archaeological Museum in Athens and immediately running into the bronze face mask of Agamemnon staring back at me looking through three thousands years of time to confront me face to face. It's the most famous artifact in the museum, the prize of Heinrich Schliemann's discoveries when he excavated Troy. It brings alive... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the museum and (I still don't know why) it was free. It's entertaining, but it's not the best museum of the world. There are interesting things if you know a little about art. The cafeteria is beatiful, don't miss it!

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Exarchia
Exarchia is in many ways Athens’ best-kept secret, discovered by relatively few international visitors. Located behind the main University and Polytechnic buildings, it is unsurprisingly home to many students, intellectuals and politicos. This is reflected in the area’s vibrant street art and graffiti, which seems to cover almost every inch of wall space. Some of the best Athenian tavernas are located here, as well as its most alternative bars and underground music venues. You'll find political bookshops and quirky stores here, yet it is also a neighborhood inhabited by families and older folk. On Saturdays, punks and grandmothers alike head for Kallidromiou Street, nestled below Strefi Hill, to pick up fresh produce at the traditional laiki agora (street market).
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