Athens is a city with rich history, traced back to the antiquity. Concepts like Philosophy, Democracy, Politics and Arts flourished on this ground and shaped the world as we know it. So it is only fair that Athens National Archaeological Museum has a lot to say. It is a museum located in the center of the city. Easily accessible from the other sights and attractions, the museum is part of the Athenian culture and holds a special place in the hearts of travelers. And it is worth noting that it is the largest museum in Greece and one of the best archaeological museums in the entire world.
The neoclassical building that houses the museum was built back in 1889. Before that, some of its exhibits were housed in Aegina and then in various other Athenian buildings. But this is where Athens National Archaeological Museum finally felt like it always belonged. Inside, you will find an impressive wealth of history and culture. Collections stretch from Prehistory and the Neolithic era, all the way to Late Antiquity. In total, over 11,000 exhibits are protected within its premises and this is purely outstanding!
Just to name a few of the most distinctive exhibits within the museum, here is what visitors are able to enjoy during their tour: The Antikythera Mechanism (the world’s first computer, with a complex mechanism that is a mystery up to now!), Zeus (or Poseidon, according to some experts) bronze statue, Kore and Kouros (two wonderful marble figures of a woman and a man that have been perfectly preserved over time), the Mask of Agamemnon (found in Mycenae in a tomb, probably belonging to King Agamemnon) and Tombs of the Kerameikos (with findings from the cemetery bearing the same name).
Athens National Archaeological Museum is open throughout the year. It is open on all days, apart from public holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Day, Orthodox Easter Sunday and the Day of Greek Independence (25th March). Admission is 5 euros, while there are discounted prices for groups and free passes for special categories.