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“Visited last on my honeymoon 30 yeas ago. Alas - unlike my marriage it did not evolved”

National Archaeological Museum
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Private Walking Tour: National Archaeological...
Ranked #20 of 344 things to do in Athens
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Reviewed December 7, 2011

Last visited this museum 32 years ago on my honeymoon. Then it was amazing.
Today I had some hours before a business meeting and went there again. Unfortunatlely, the museum is the same, and the exhibition looks like it. No audioguide - you have to stand and read explanations on boards. Really needed maps (in order to understand were all were found) are on the opposite side of the room and you have to
look for them.
The only other visitors were groups of yound school children. It was good to see them interested, though.
The museum holds very interesting findings from pre-historical Greece, From the classic period most of the better findings were taken away and can be found in Berlin, London etc, though some really wonderful statues (as described by others below) are there.

I agree with my fellow-travellers below that the staff is terrible. Did not agree to take my coat in the cloackroom, were rude etc.

Thank DoritK
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Reviewed December 2, 2011

This museum has great collections of artifacts that are nicely arranged so they make some sense chronologically - starting back before the Minoans. Most everything is described in Greek and English so we had no trouble taking it in. We only had a couple of hours which only gets you a snapshot. I could see visiting everyday for a week just to soak it in. Can't go to Egypt - they have a nice section on Egypt. The only drawback is the neighborhood. In the block south of the museum is an area crawling with young men just standing around. Some are selling cigarettes and others are watching you. I caught one guy trying to unzip a pocket on my knapsack.

Thank fiddlebike
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Reviewed November 30, 2011

A good range of artefacts and one of only two attractions that were open after 14.30.

Thank Matthew W
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Reviewed November 29, 2011

Whilst the new Acropolis Museum is excellent, and of course also a 'must visit'. This is the museum with all of the most interesting, diverse and ancient material. If you only have time to visit one museum on your Athens trip, then it must be the National Archaeological, as it has the most comprehensive collection, therefore the more balanced view of ancient Greek history. You can walk to it from the centre of Athens, or catch one of several buses. I actually caught the no.15 trolley from outside Petralona metro station - too easy! This bus travels along Amalia Avenue, so can be accessed from many hotels (including the Amalia of course) suburbs, Plaka, Syntagma, Temple of Zeus, gardens, etc. Don't miss it!

Thank Amyntas
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

This is probably the most important museum in Greece (even better than the Acropolis museum) but for sure it needs to be maintained. The scholar of Greek history will find it amazing. You will not be very happy with the surrounding area.

Thank ALMI64
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