National Archaeological Museum

National Archaeological Museum

National Archaeological Museum
4.5
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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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
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  • Charleston Volo
    Alesund, Norway85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great memories from the archeological museum of Athens!
    So amazing place,, so much to see,, Athena statue also was special. Hand made historical statues that just take us back in time. If you are in Athens and are interested in history is a must visit!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 28, 2023
  • journeymaid48
    Fairport, New York1,091 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Museum
    This museum was the basis for entire visit. The Mycenae exhibit is wonderful. The sculpture is amazing and we earned so much about different periods. The machine that was the first navigational computing device is proof of the advanced learning of the ancient Greeks. We could have stayed here an additional three hours.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 11, 2023
  • KC30000
    England, United Kingdom96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best museum in Athens
    This was our final stop during a full day spent in central Athens. As we arrived late afternoon there were no queues and entry was very easy. This museum has the best collection of ancient exhibits and provides so much to see. There are collections from Ancient Greece as well as exhibits from other periods in history including the Egyptians, Romans and a collection of Cypriot antiquities. This is in our opinion the best and most historically significant museum in Athens and is well worth a visit. There is also a cafeteria on the lower ground floor which is reasonably priced and makes a good cup of coffee! Should also say that the service from all the staff was really good and helped to make this a very enjoyable visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 5, 2023
  • sueliguedes
    Brasilia, DF92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Complete your visit to the Athens Acropolis with a visit to its museum!
    The most important original sculptures of Athens acropolis are contained in the Acropolis museum. It sits on top of excavations, which can be viewed through glass floor (outside the museum), it is a beautiful building and has a very good restaurant. It is a great museum!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 12, 2023
  • EA Medina
    Copenhagen, Denmark7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can't-miss museum
    Absolutely unmissable museum--we spent about six hours here, taking our time with earliest artifacts and pottery and taking the classical era sculptures at a faster pace. There's an excellent museum cafe with reasonable prices, good food and a BEAUTIFUL garden (be warned the cafeteria ladies can get a little frustrated. Bring cash because their card reader is often down). Unfortunately there isn't an audio guide offered by the museum but we got one from Clio Muse which was pretty good (though some of the pronunciations were off, which was curious.)
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 14, 2023
  • Brian E
    Santa Rosa, California436 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See!
    This museum beautifully captures Greece's long and deep history of civilizations. I highly recommend going with a guide, for they would be able to bring to life the stories behind the many artifacts housed here. What looks like a simple pot, for example, could have a hidden and great significance not only for the people of its time but for understanding Greece's history.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 16, 2023
  • traveltheworld461
    Fort McMurray, Canada1,914 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting
    It was a pretty streamlined process to enter. We were asked to check our bags at coat check, but we were able to keep small backpacks (our purses) if we wore them on our front. It was about $18.50 CAD per adult to enter. The museum was interesting and educational. Lots of cool stuff to look at. The garden where the café is was beautiful.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Lisa A
    Galashiels, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great little find on the hop on hop off bus tour
    We hadn’t planned to visit this trip but because it was on the hop on hop off bus tour we gave it a go. It was actually one of our favourite activities. My teenager is an art student and loved it, took many pictures and learned a lot. It gave good perspective on how big all of the Ancient Greek statues were. Great little cafe downstairs- freshly pressed orange juice with trees in the courtyard. Really enjoyed the cheese pastry and coffee. Efficient staff on the ball with cleaning up.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas3,866 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pottery galore from all eras of Greece
    My wife and I visited the National Archeological Museum during our stay in Athens this past October. My wife gets aggravated at me because I like to take a lot of photos in museums. It was no different here. However, I have to admit she was probably right this time because I do have a bunch of shots of pottery. Also, we visited at the same time as several classes of school kids who were having a field trip to the museum which resulted in especially crowded conditions in many of the rooms. But overall, this is a very interesting museum.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 7, 2023
  • GillG767
    Glasgow, United Kingdom186 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting museum
    Hadn't planned on going here but it was near our hotel and a friend recommended it. So glad we did! You could spend hours in this museum, the collections are extensive (although it was a bit of overload in some rooms with lots of similar items). Our family ranged in age from 17 to 83 and everyone found something to interest them. It is an old style museum though, nothing interactive so probably not of much interest to children. If we went back we would probably do a tour to learn more as the information written is quite brief. We had lunch in the cafe which was reasonably priced for a museum and not crowded. A nice way to spend an afternoon, especially if you've had enough of the Athens heat!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 18, 2023
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Marcus F
Limassol City, Cyprus120 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We went on a Tuesday on opening during CORONAVIRUS. Parts are closed and a one way system is enforced with you limited to 10 mins per room, have you tried reading all the displays in ten mins. You slow down you get shouted at, you sit down you get shouted at. You get stopped as the limit entry and some clown demanded we deleted a photo as my son had the audacity to imitate Poseidon throwing his Trident next to an awesome statue. ‘Only photos with your arms by your side’ he said. Then insisted I showed my phone!!
So a fantastic museum with great displays but a rude and aggressive staffing unlike anything else I’ve experienced in 2 years living in Greece. Oh I still have the picture...
Written August 19, 2020
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TheKidsMum2014
Rome, Italy88 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
There is no doubt that this museum has world-class artefacts. However, the presentation is rather dull and traditional. I wouldn't take kids to this unless you know a lot about Greek history in order to engage them. The tickets re 12 Euros or half price for kids, and there is a cloakroom where you have to leave larger bags. Due to Covid there is a one-way system around the museum, but it is very confusing as there are many rooms and sub-rooms. The map is tiny and hard to follow. I think this museum may have the most zealous staff I have encountered, and there is definitely a 'no posing' rule for photos enforced! If you have a fascination with Greek vases or Greek funerary sculptures then this is the place for you!
Written June 15, 2021
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Sarah H
New York City, NY196 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The museum is just OK. Staff wasn't super nice (with the exception of one helpful man as we were looking for the restrooms and the stroller accessible exit). Not worth the ticket price. Museum shop wasn't even worth the visit. There are other museums that are much better, worth their weight in ticket price, and so much better curated that I wouldn't even recommend this as an attraction.
Written May 29, 2022
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Віктор Барановський
Kyiv, Ukraine92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Important!! May be visit to this museum may take all day. The collection of his exhibits is incredibly huge and incredible perfect. You can see statues, ceramics and jewellery of each period of very very long history of Greece!!!
Written January 14, 2020
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Pseudolus
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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AnaLorenza
Philadelphia, PA38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
According to our tour guide most tourists don't visit this site anymore and it's such a shame. It was one of the highlights of our trip! They had so many amazing artifacts including the Mask of Agamemnon. The difference between this museum and the Acropolis Museum is that this has artifacts from all over Greece. There is so much to see. We spent 2.5 hours there but you could spend the whole day there. I highly recommend getting a guide since it really enhances your experience. We hired Onofrious from WithLocals and he was great!
Written June 5, 2021
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Dr Johnson
Oslo, Norway261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The archeological museum in Athens is one of the best museums in the world, of any type. I rate it together with Egyptian museum in Cairo and Metropolitan in New York, or British Museum in London or Louvre in Paris. We were there three times and never got tired of studying the wonderful sculptures and marble heads in this huge and well displayed exhibition.
A must see for everyone interested in the past, in classical archeology and art.
Written February 3, 2020
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Lowleytheworm
Cynwyd, UK49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Great exhibits and amazing to have so much from the ancient world. Very impressive and a must place to see if you are visiting Athens.
The building and exhibits are superb, but some of the staff were the most unfriendly people we have met in the city. I am also puzzled by the opening hours for such an important collection as we say several people arriving as they closed at 4pm which was a shame
Written February 20, 2020
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Carole G
Rockhampton, Australia22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The museum, full of damaged but priceless archeological treasures is guarded at the front door by a puzzling mixture of Greek incompetence and inability. The men in front of us, in the queue, seemingly Eastern European, told the ticketing woman they ‘did not have enough euros to pay cash’ She shifted to the seat beside her and used EFTPOS and in they went. The next couple of Asian origin asked to use EFTPOS and were told they could not as she was sitting back in her “cash only” window 70 cm from the EFTPOS machine and they had to leave being denied entrance. We also were denied entrance on grounds she only accepted cash and I therefore scanned the QR code on the window in front of her for an e -ticket which took 20 minutes on 4G available at museum on iPhone 14 to download a ticket that ticket man then said was ‘spam’!!!!!!!!!! Another 20 minutes later after manhandling my iPhone and ringing an unknown source the same woman allowed us entry providing we paid another 12 euros as they did not accept our 66 yrs old couple as being seniors. I strongly suspected the famed European racism written up in multiple tourist guides and on line chats as being prevalent in this country, where all others not European are treated with disdain. I also strongly suspected motive to only accepting cash in the early unsupervised hours of the day.
In a country that so obviously needs their tourist economy booster this is beyond belief. At other venues such as the Acropolis the entrance was seamless and professional.
The museum itself is full of extraordinary but mostly damaged antiquities where most of the genitalia and forearms and hands are cut from the statues. Meticulous documentation of the origins and likely sculptors, domain and provenance is efficiently provided but mostly no explanation of how this damage occurred or when. Some interesting references to fire damage and recovery from the bottom of the ocean provide clues in a few cases.
Written September 21, 2023
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA4,316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Mostly sculptures, and many very old ones from thousands of years ago. I found the tombstones especially touching, showing the dead person reaching for her baby, or looking in a mirror. Thank goodness I was listening to the Rick Steves Audio Europe App (free download online), he described the artworks so enthusiastically that it made the visit that much more valuable.
Written September 11, 2020
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