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The Museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium BC. It was founded in 1986, to house the collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris. Since then it has grown in size to accommodate new acquisitions, obtained either through direct purchases or through donations by important collectors and institutions.

cycladic museumCYCLADIC CULTURE
The Cycladic civilization flourished on the islands of the central Aegean during the Early Bronze Age (3rd millennium BC). The MCA maintains one of the largest and most complete collections of Cycladic antiquities in the world, with representative samples of marble figurines and vases, bronze weapons and tools and pottery of all phases of the Early Cycladic period.

The Collection Cycladic Antiquities Museum of Cycladic Art is set on the first floor of the building of the permanent collections and opened in 1986. It includes a large number of high quality marble figurines and vases, some of the earliest bronze objects in the Aegean pottery everyday and ritual use, etc. most of which are placed in the 3rd millennium BC It also includes:

highly sculptured marble bottles, plates, cups and zoomorphic vessels,
marble standards,
metal objects, such as bronze tools and weapons, leaden figurines and a small silver vessel,
symbolic objects such as frying vessels, which are decorated with incised motifs reminiscent of the sea, the stars and female fertility,
the so-called "Treasure of Keros".
One of the most important objects exposed here is the NG 724 female figurine Early Cycladic II period, with a height of 1.40 meters. This makes it the second largest in the world and known as "Vase Pigeon" (NG 329), held also prominently in the report, is the largest and most complete example poppet plate sculpted birds have been found to date.

Permanent exhibitions:

CYPRIOT CULTURE
The Thanos N. Zintilis Collection of Cypriot Antiquities, one of world’s most important, was added to the permanent collections of the Museum of Cycladic Art in 2002 on a long-term loan and presented to the public for the first time in 2004. Completed in 2012 and based on a new museographical study, the display showcases 550 (previously 400) objects dating from the Chalcolithic to the Byzantine, Medieval, and Modern periods, grouped according to time period and category.

The new display uses contemporary museological approach (in design, colour, lighting, and presentation of the exhibits on relevant illustrated surfaces) to highlight the rich in style, decoration, and imaginative shapes Cypriot pottery (utilitarian, storage, and table wares) of the prehistoric and historic periods, which represent the collection’s core.

cycladic museum2ANCIENT GREEK ART
The permanent exhibition on the 4th floor of the Main Building tries to transform our knowledge about daily life in antiquity (as provided by ancient texts and archaeological objects) into vivid images.

Visitors are invited into a virtual tour in time and space: the tours starts from the world of the supernatural (gods) and the myth (heroes), goes through the realm of Eros, follows the activities of everyday women and men in their private and public life, explores their religious behaviour, and concludes with their attitudes against death and their beliefs about afterlife and the Underworld.

One hundred forty two objects - mostly dating to the Classical και Hellenistic periods (5th-1st c. BC) - are grouped in nine separate units treating the following thematic areas:
- Gods and Heroes
- On the wings of Eros
- Toiletry and wedding
- Female activities
- Athletics
- The Symposium
- In the Athenian Agora
- Warfare
- Taking care of the deceased

The exhibition is supported by ample graphics which are meant both to increase the overall aesthetic effect and to enhance public understanding of the various artifacts and their function.

Each showcase has a frieze of drawings accompanied by explanatory texts which provide as much information as possible about the particular subject. In order to increase the educational character of the exhibition, two short movies, have been made, using advance shooting and sound-recording techniques. In the first movie, we see scenes from the life of a man, named Leon: his birth and childhood, his involvement in sporting activities, his military training, his participation in public affairs, the preparations for his marriage to Melite, and, finally, his departure for war. The second movie focuses on the death of the protagonist, as his relatives pay him the customary honours at his funeral. The tour concludes with a hypothetical painted reconstruction of an ancient 5th c. BC town (demos) on the coast of Attica, where the hero was born, lived and died, according to the scenario of the films.

The gift shop
At the basement, there is a gift shop where you can find excellent replicas and many interesting books.

The Cafe
cycladic museum cafeThe rich light and dense vegetation in the Café’s entrance create the wonderful sense of a garden situated within the city. The evocative floating
façade-sculpture by Stelios Kois, a trademark of the new Cycladic Café, generates a subtle interplay of light and shadow, while the lighting design by Eleftheria Deko complements the natural sunlight that floods the entrance’s space during the day.

Address: Neophytou Douka 4, Athens (Just 15 minutes walk from Athens flat)
Telephone: (+30) 210 7228321-3

Opening Hours

Monday - Wednesday - Friday - Saturday: 10:00 to 17:00
Thursday: 10:00 to 20:00
Sunday: 11:00 to 17:00
Tuesday: closed

Admission Tickets

General Admission (except for Monday): €7

General Admission Deste Prize 2017: €3.50

Monday General Admission
€3.50 {Permanent Collections}
€5 {Permanent & Temporary Exhibitions}

Reduced entrance fees
- seniors (over 65)
€3,50 (Permanent Collections) | €5 (Permanent & Temporary Exhibitions)
- students, 19-26 years old
€3,50 (Permanent Collections) | €5 (Permanent & Temporary Exhibitions)
- groups of 15 or more 5€ (each)

Free admission
- kids and young persons under 18
- visitors with disabilities and their companion
- members of the MCA
- archaeologists
- archaeology and art history students
- members of ICOM - ICOMOS
- journalists
- qualified guides
- teachers accompanying school-classes participating
in educational programmes
- parents accompanying their kids for the
Saturday’s & Sunday's programme

*Last Entrance: 15 minutes before the Museum get closed

More info at the official museum's website

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