Numismatic Museum
Numismatic Museum
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Neighborhood: Syntagma
Perhaps the best place to get your bearings is Syntagma Square, crowned by the imposing Parliament building on its upper side and surrounded by other large structures, such as the exclusive Hotel Grande Bretagne. The grand avenues that lead towards Omonia are also full of massive Neoclassical edifices like the Numismatic Museum and those around smaller Platia Kolokotroni. Here you will find lots of travel agents, bookshops and fashion shops, especially on Ermou Street. Just south of Syntagma Square, you can take a breather in the lush National Gardens, which extend into the grounds of the Zappeio palace and beyond to the ancient Temple of Olympian Zeus.
How to get there
  • Nomismatokopio • 1 min walk
  • Syntagma • 4 min walk
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Graham P
77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
One of the great coin collections in the world. The classical and Byzantine collections must surely be unsurpassed, and are presented in a novel way, not just chronological. But there are many other gems too, including some fine medieval examples from Germany & elsewhere. There is also a beautiful courtyard cafe which serves both the museum and nearby apartments. One minor drawback was the absence of a good guidebook or catalogue, and we were rather brusquely hustled out as closing time neared (even though there was time to spare).
Written September 29, 2022
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Keith P
Hollingbourne, UK45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This is a really interesting museum of coins from ancient history. Lots of wonderfully preserved coins from Alexander's time and other Greek rulers plus lots of Roman coins. It was very quiet when I visited and I spent over an hour looking at the display cabinets from BCE times. The staff were very helpful and made my visit even more enjoyable. I took lots of photographs.
Written July 9, 2023
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dtstockwell
Pecs, Hungary25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
World class collection and great presentation, but don't waste your time and money. The staff hounded us from room to room (there were only two of us on the whole floor). I spent less than thirty minutes on the 1st floor, among coins that deserved several hours. I was prevented from going to the second floor because I had already overstayed my visit.
Written July 14, 2021
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Sharon C.
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada30 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
My husband and I went here as he is a coin collector. Unfortunately he was not able to fully appreciate the collection due to the staff. We showed up more than an hour prior to the scheduled closing only to be told they were closing an hour early. It seemed like they just wanted to close early because it wasn’t busy. So we had about 15 minutes to see a few rooms. Staff followed us around, not in a helpful way. So if you go here, go early so you can see everything.
Written October 30, 2022
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841allent
Forest Hills, NY39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I enjoy old coins. I love Greek history. This is the perfect combination. My wife and I took our time and went from exhibit to exhibit taking photos of our favorite coins. I think my wife photographed the whole collection ---or close to it.
Written November 27, 2023
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SW D
San diego128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Rare coins dating back thousands of years. Excellent exhibit of numerous collections of Greek and Roman coins along with the historical timelines. As a stamp collector, this is a must see exhibit.
Written March 10, 2020
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Dan123
13 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I like coin museums, and this bored me. Poor curating (the information on Friedrich Schliemann is misleading at best, and an obvious whitewash), poor display. I was out in 15 minutes. The house has little of interest as well.
Written June 6, 2023
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REDMAN
Egaleo, Greece4,515 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
So much history and places that we don't even see in our own city... Beautiful museum with yard that you can enjoy the coins and your coffee.
Written February 20, 2020
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Pam S
Oakland, California, United States93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Solo
I went to this museum today, because I wanted to see Schliemann's house...which is what enticed me, but once I saw the collection, I fell in love with it. It is unfortunate that numismatics is the word for coin collections; this really should be called a history museum and coins just happen to be the medium. In fact, this museum is every bit as fascinating as the Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum in that it covers ancient Greek history but from a different angle.

The curatorship is first rate as is the incredibly useful and in-depth audioguide which narrates the visit of the first floor (FREE with museum admission).

One very fine piece in the collection is a very large coin from Athens which rotates so you can see both sides of it. It's a knockout.

There is also a very delightful outdoor museum cafe (under umbrellas when it rains so don't worry about the weather) which seems to be frequented by Athenians, not tourists, who work in the district.

The house is NOT TO BE MISSED as well. It was built just after the Pompeii discoveries and is in a Pompeiian style (as interpreted by the designers). I only wish they had some books about Schliemann for sale. The house itself was totally restored in 2007 so everything is sparkling and gorgeous - it looks like it was just built.

The museum has many wonderful publications, too, and some very fine postcards. I am grateful to this well organized collection for adding so much to my trip through these tiny sculptures and fascinating, well told history. The coins aren't sculptural fragments which one has to piece together to solve the mystery - they are complete works, and their interrlationships to time and space help put together a coherent narrative for me. This is definitely one of Athens' finest - and that's saying a lot!

They also have a decent web site.

I have seen other coin displays in museums in Sicily but none compared with both the collection and the presentation of this one. This is a world class collection and the stories of its contents are sheer pleasure to absorb.
Written October 30, 2012
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onero
Brisbane, Australia869 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Friends
The Numismatic Museum in Athens is just down the road from Syntagma Square, yet it doesn't seem to draw nearly as many visitors as other museums in town. This surprises me, because the museum is literally oozing money!

It's located in a two-story classical-style building that was once the home of Heinrich Schliemann, the German amateur archaeologist who discovered Troy (among other things).

Schliemann's house is impressive in its own right, but the museum is fabulous (if you are interested in ancient coins), because its two floors are literally packed with glass cases full of individual coins and coin hoards found around Greece. I've never seen so many ancient pots with gold and silver coins cascading out of them. This museum is the climax of coin hoards!

The museum also has an excellent book shop (for ancient coin lovers) and an excellent little cafe in the grounds where you can retreat to read your new books over a decent coffee and pastry.

I am so glad I decided to visit this museum, and if you are remotely interested in ancient coins you must visit it too, It's just fantastic.

Open 8AM to 3PM every day except Monday. Cost = 3 Euros (which is a bargain).
Written July 13, 2012
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