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“Probably the Best Museum in Athens, but Small and Underwhelming”

National Archaeological Museum
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Ranked #20 of 337 things to do in Athens
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

This is almost certainly the best museum in Athens. It has statues, art and pottery from ancient Greece and some from ancient Egypt. The museum is well kept and there are explanations next to each exhibit. If you're staying in Athens, it is definitely worth a visit. The price is also low compared to similar caliber museums in places like the US or Italy.

There are a few problems though: maybe I expected too much, but the words "National" and "Archaeological Museum" (when talking about Greece), as well as the rave reviews, put my expectations of this place very high. In fact it is a very small museum, and a lot of the displays are similar. You will be able to go over everything you'll want to see here in about an hour.

There is also no "museum experience" here that is so common in many newer museums: you can look at the artifacts and get a droning audio guide, but there are no frequent English-language tours offered (as far as I can tell). For someone familiar with ancient Greece only on a basic level, it's probably very difficult to appreciate many of the displays that would amaze ancient Greece buffs—and the museum doesn't do a very good job in making the information accessible.

Thank Ynhockey
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

We traveled the country and saw its finest ruins up close and on the ground. We then returned to Athens and visited the Museum. See sections on sites we visited made our visits even more meaningful. WARNING: On Mondays the Museum opens at 1 pm. We planned a long day there but only had two hours before we had to head to the airport. We could have used three or even four hours there and just skimmed what was available.

Thank KyRoamer
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

This museum has it all. Don't try to tackle it all in one day as it is truly massive. Greek heritage is here in all its glory. The special underwater exhibit was fascinating and it was very special to see all the artifacts I'd only seen in books before.

Thank JEJ1242
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Although some of the galleries were closed we still had plenty to review. The special exhibition of the wreck was very interesting with the navigation instrument investigation and discovery.
The Minoan galleries were exquisite and there was an added bonus of Eygptian mummies and artifacts just to put the Greek civilisation into time context.
Look out for the figurines of the 'flute player' and the harpist. There are replicas of some of the pieces in the museum shop. I just wished I could take the full size torso back home - unfortunately exceeded cabin bag size. Please could they do mail order ?

Thank gtrot
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

This is one of the best museums in Athens. The Mycenae and Cycladic art are without equal. The grave stellae are beautiful and portray heartbreaking stories of the deceased and the bereaved. The Stathanos room, which has, among other things, a vast array of ancient jewelry, is amazing. This visit there was a special exhibit of the Antikythera shipwreck from which the Antikythera mechanism was found. The Thera exhibit on the second floor is not to be missed. The signage, in Greek and English, is very good throughout the museum.

There were a number of rooms closed, including the wonderful pottery room. Also, the gift shop was closed. I realize Greece has undergone a severe financial crisis and has had to initiate belt tightening, but why close a revenue generating gift shop? This is one of the best museum gift shops there is - very disappointing.

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