National Archaeological Museum

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National Archaeological Museum

National Archaeological Museum
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: 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).
How to get there
  • Victoria • 7 min walk
  • Omonoia • 8 min walk
Popular mentions

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Mr. Fisher
Tampa, FL386 contributions
Amazing but disappointing
Oct 2021
This museum houses amazing treasures but it is in desperate need of renovation. It was a disappointing visit considering the potential for this museum to be the best in the world! There were some areas that seemed modern and better organized such as the collection of antiquities of Thira, but the vast majority of exhibits seemed dull or poorly displayed, at least from the perspective of a regular tourist. I personally, found the museums In Heraklion and Delphi easier to navigate and the contents better displayed.
Written October 23, 2021
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mfctennis
Fort Wayne, IN410 contributions
Fantastic museum
Oct 2021 • Couples
We walked 45 minutes from New Hotel to visit this museum and spent 6 hours there. Could have spent another day there. Most of the original treasures from historic sites are here. They have given great descriptions in Greek and English. Took many pictures. So glad we went there
Written October 15, 2021
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Swen
London, UK62 contributions
Wasting your time
Oct 2021 • Solo
They sold me a ticket for entry between 1 and 4 but when you get here they decide to keep the museum closed till 2. Awful and wasting everybodys time
Written October 12, 2021
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Pseudolus
13 contributions
An impressive collection of Hellenic masterpieces
Oct 2021
The National Archaeological Museum of Athens houses a lovely collection of Hellenic pieces starting from the Mycenean ear through to the end of Roman rule. Some of the highlights include the Agamemmnon mask, tables written in Linear B (pre-Greek alphabet) and a plethora of marble statues that have become quite iconic over time. The staff is polite and efficient, and they really allow for visitors to get rather close to the masterpieces (photography, as well as sketching with pencil or charcoal is allowed). Although this museum is not quite as robust as the National Archaelogical Museum of Naples, which houses both Roman and Greek works, it is more than worth the price of admission. One needs about 1 - 1.5 hours to get through all the rooms at a decent pace. Overall, it was a pleasant visit.
Written October 10, 2021
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leileireid
Murano, Italy393 contributions
It’s open
Oct 2021 • Friends
The staff at the museum where all really lovely, helpful and friendly - for myself it did get a bit repetitive in terms of artefacts on display however that being said it’s well laid out, lots of explanations and signage.

A fair few rooms (approx 7) where closed off when myself and my friend visited and it seemed a bit hit and miss in terms of what you could see. My friend was able to see the ancient Egypt section however when I got there it was closed off which was fine as I was more interested in other artefacts.

Overall I enjoyed my experience.
Written October 1, 2021
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Andrew L
10 contributions
The museum is OPEN, worth visiting
Sep 2021
I would recommend visiting the National Archaeological Museum while you are in Athens. It is largely statues and pottery, with a couple rooms showing some other archaeological finds, such as old tools, weapons, or astronomical artifacts. A number of wings or rooms were closed while we were there, either due to covid (not sure why/how) or just due to staffing shortages (having people there to direct traffic or keep people from messing with the artifacts) - the wings/exhibits seemed to be complete and "ready", they were just roped off.
The plaques located around the exhibit were well written and interesting to read. If you are very interested in the ancient greek sculpters, this is a very interesting museum; otherwise, however, you will probably find it a little boring and repetitive, especially with many of the exhibits including recreations rather than original artifacts.
Written September 30, 2021
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Phil M
Paris, France14 contributions
Poor quality museum
Aug 2021
The antic greek history doesn't deserve such a poor quality museum.
Nothing really interesting (better visit directly outdoor monuments). Too much linear, no fantasy, no story telling, too much quantity, too little quality. As said by others comments, you cannot pretend encompass the Greek history by accumulating thousand of same pottery without strong work of explanation.
Years after years the Museum has accumulated new boards of explanations ... boring and useless because there is no direct link between what is said and what you have to see. With less Mexico Museum, for example, does better to explain the national history. Like the Cairo Museum, things are put in a room from more or less the same period, and basta. No transcendence, no historical key works to understand beyond the artefacts. Dead collection of old pottery.
Even the little war museum is more attractive and less pretentious !

Adding the very high level of unpleasant grouchy bad educated Museum's workers... you can do without and visit Athens and Greece directly (maybe the New Acropole Museum to do on evening session).

I once discussed with the director, some years ago to try to understand why workers had a so bad reputation (it is also the case on the Acropole). Because in a country with a reputation of welcoming and amiability of its population , it is almost in the common language to be called "grouchy as a Museum attendant"

"Not enough paid he said to me"... a young researcher that was with us told me once the director went away :"we used to pay researchers overqualified to do museum attendants that were upset of their under-utilization, we now pay underqualified people to do museum attendants that are upset because they think they are researchers".
Written September 9, 2021
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KIWIZLO
Manzanillo, Mexico121 contributions
Trip Advisor Is Wrong - It’s September And The Museum Is Open
Sep 2021 • Couples
You can’t come to Athens and not visit this amazing museum. It has fabulous artifacts laid out beautifully in such a large and beautiful building.
Written September 9, 2021
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Ian G
12 contributions
TripAdvisor listing inaccurate, museum is open
Aug 2021
Despite what TripAdvisor shows this museum is open (I was in Athens August 3-12, 2021) and is a must see stop if you are in Athens. I am trying to find a way to contact TripAdvisor to get them to correct this listing.

In many places in Greece you will see replicas of objects, that is because the originals are in this museum. A great way to get in out of the heat in the afternoons (when this summer most outdoor archaeological sites are closed from noon-5pm). Well arranged museum which walks you through the entirety of Greek history. Contains artifacts not only from Athens but from all over Greece. Well worth a visit.
Written August 13, 2021
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Richard K
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,617 contributions
Great
Aug 2021 • Family
Great museum. Lots of interesting things to see- and very well organized. Interesting overview of Greece. Consider hiring a guide
Written August 4, 2021
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