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“You've got to be joking!”

National Archaeological Museum
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Ranked #20 of 344 things to do in Athens
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

This was to be a highlight of our trip - and we saved it till the last day. Bad move.

Visited here Wednesday 12 June. Arrived 2.30pm. Paid 21 euros for three people. At 2.50pm we were rudely shooed out the door. The museum closed at 3pm.

You have got to be joking!

Why did they take our money so close to closing time without mentioning they were about to shove us out? Why did they close early?

Their website says they are open til 8pm. Lonely Planet also carries this info.

Be warned!!!

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

The museum is often touted as the best in Greece, and it certainly does much to live up to this reputation. There's a full-day's worth of things to see here, and it's well worth the walk from the centre (or a short subway trip) even if you're only in Athens for a few days.

I would put it alongside the New Acropolis Museum and the Museum of Cycladic Art in terms of 'must see' Athens museums.

The items on display here are, frankly, breathtaking. Beautifully presented, well described, and clearly laid out, this museum sets a very high standard throughout. The temporary exhibition was particularly good, with plenty of multimedia interaction (3D videos etc) putting everything in context.

There's a great little cafe/restaurant in the centre courtyard - we stopped for coffee and didn't try the food - and enjoyed the exhibition by a local artist and also - finally - got to feed a tortoise (under the direction of her owner). Turns out - they love tomatoes.

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Reviewed June 25, 2013

It’s hard to try to give any recommendation regarding the National Archaeological Museum of Athens but to suggest a few “must sees” – knowing that even an extensive list would not cover the glories housed in this magnificent museum. To begin with, the Mycenaean Collection is so rich one could spend his entire time simply looking at it. The so-named Mask of Agamemnon, the Rhyton shaped like a lion’s head, the gold signet rings of magnificent workmanship, etc…, etc… etc… These things speak to us across the ages, the workmanship is brilliant and dynamic, and though they were designed for practical use as personal stamps, they exist as jewelry and art. Spend at least part of your time, enjoying these treasures. Look too at the wonderful bronze collection, in particular the statue of Poseidon from the Temple at Sounion, and especially at the horse and jockey; notice the realistic look of struggle on the boy’s face so wonderfully captured by the sculptor. And don’t miss the Thira Frescoes, especially of the two boys boxing. Go on Monday when the museum stays open until 8pm and stay as long as you can; every minute spent in this place is like a dancing lesson from God.

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Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

This was my second visit to Athens an my second trip to the
National Archaeological Museum. I felt compelled to write another review because I was appalled to hear Rick Steve's audio guide for Athens suggest that this museum is skippable if you have to choose between it and the Acropolis museum (which is a great museum too!)
Do NOT skip this museum. There are literally hundreds of reasons why, but my favorite exhibits are : the bronze statue of Posiedon or Zeus (no one knows which the statue is), some of the arrowheads recovered from The Battle of Thermopylae (think of king Leonidas and the movie 300!!!!!), the Antikythera shipwreck exhibit (worlds oldest computer!!!!!! Incredible!) and the Minoan gold funerary masks.
If you enjoy museums at all, do not miss this one. And they allow photos! Tons of great statues and reliefs. NOT SKIPPABLE in my opinion!

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

The day we visited, many of the main museums were closed. Our fantastic guide, is an archeology major and recommended this site. I am glad she did. The museum has some classic statues you would see in a textbook, as does every place in Athens. But, it has some unique features such as The golden mask of Agamemnon, the famous bronze Poseidon, and these unique black discs for voting on ostracism. Talk about a lesson in in democracy, from the original place it all started. Fascinating.

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