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“Excellent museum despite the arrogant staff”

National Archaeological Museum
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Ranked #20 of 344 things to do in Athens
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

I travelled from Ireland to come and research this stunning collection. Breathtaking but two tips, go first thing at 9.30 to avoid the crowds, and expect the staff, who almost outnumber visitors, to have either an arrogant or apathetic attitude - 80% horrid staff. 100% stunning collection. Personally, I needed three visits as the collection is so intense, if u can plan two morning visits.

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Reviewed August 8, 2011

Sculptures and remains of the Myceneans, ancient peoples of Attica and the Peloponnese, and much more. I've visited many museums in the world, but for the first time I started to really appreciate the achievement of the Ancient Greeks in terms of their civilisation and culture. I fear that the new Acropolis Museum (whilst also outstanding in its own right) will mean that many Athens visitors will give this a miss. Please don't, if you are at all interested in the development of European civilisation, ideas and art, then this is probably the most illuminating museum in the world.

2  Thank McLeodofPoolewe
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

After seeing the "mask of Agamemnon" in books all my life, It came as a great surprise to actually see it for real in this modest museum.
Along with iconic statues that I have seen in books like the "jockey boy" and the statue of Poseidon, make this a must see while in Athens.
Mycenaean and classical greek period art are all very well represented here as is the pottery that Greece is well known for.
We spent a good 4 hours here and could have spent longer but we were on a bit of a tight schedule so we had to cut our visit a bit short.

2  Thank dazAdelaide
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

The Antikythera mechanism is an ancient mechanical computer designed to calculate astronomical positions. It was recovered in 1900–1901 from the Antikythera wreck. Its significance and complexity were not understood until decades later. Its time of construction is now estimated between 150 and 100 BC. The degree of mechanical sophistication is comparable to a 19th century Swiss clock. Technological artifacts of similar complexity and workmanship did not reappear until the 14th century, when mechanical astronomical clocks were built in Europe.

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Reviewed July 23, 2011

We made a stop at this museum at the end of our week in Greece. It provided a decent review of many of the places we saw during our time in the countryside (Marathon, Delphi, Olympia, Epidaurus, etc.) with artifacts from each site found here if you look hard enough. This place is huge and (similar to museums such as the Israel Museum and the Louvre) for some this may be a drawback as there is so much to see one can get easily lost and bogged down if you don’t keep track of time or arrive with a particular agenda. The Mycenaean collection is a highlight for most, with the Mask of Agamemnon providing closure to our visit to Mykines. A number of the statues are famous enough that you will have a slight case of déjà-vu as you round the corners (“Wait… I saw that in my tour book!”). There wasn’t an audio guide available but I did see a stand to hire English guides which may enhance the experience for some. Another highlight for us was an exhibition on “Myth and Coinage” which was jointly put on with the Numismatic Museum.

Overall this museum is worth a visit but those concentrating on a few of the time periods may find their experience more satisfying.

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