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The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece and one of the world's greatest museums.

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Although its original purpose was to secure all the finds from the nineteenth century excavations in and around Athens, it gradually became the central National Archaeological Museum and was enriched with finds from all over Greece. Its abundant collections, with more than 11,000 exhibits, provide a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of Prehistory to Late Antiquity.

The museum is housed in an imposing neoclassical building of the end of the nineteenth century, which was designed by L. Lange and remodelled by Ernst Ziller.
At the front of the museum there is a large neo-classic design garden which is decorated with sculptures.

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The vast exhibition space - numerous galleries on each floor accounting for a total of 8,000 square metres - house five large permanent collections:
The Prehistoric Collection, which includes works of the great civilizations that developped in the Aegean from the sixth millennium BC to 1050 BC (Neolithic, Cycladic, Mycenaean), and finds from the prehistoric settlement at Thera.
The Sculptures Collection, which shows the development of ancient Greek sculpture from the seventh to the fifth centuries BC with unique masterpieces.
The Vase and Minor Objects Collection, which contains representative works of ancient Greek pottery from the eleventh century BC to the Roman period and includes the Stathatos Collection, a corpus of minor objects of all periods.
The Metallurgy Collection, with many fundamental statues, figurines and minor objects.
And, finally, the only Egyptian and Near Eastern Antiquities Collection in Greece, with works dating from the pre-dynastic period (5000 BC) to the Roman conquest.

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Opening hours from April 1st 2017 until October 31st 2017:
Monday: 13:00 – 20:00, Tuesday – Sunday: 08:00 - 20:00
The National Archaeological Museum is closed on 25 - 26 December, 1 January, 25 March, Orthodox Easter Sunday and 1 May.

Admission fee: 10 Euro
Reduced admission fee: 5 Euro
(for students from Universities of non European Union countries by showing their University Card and for citizens aged over 65 years old from countries of the European Union by showing their ID or Passport)
Special ticket package:
Valid for National Archaeological Museum, Byzantine & Christian Museum, Numismatic Museum and Epigraphic Museum (duration 3 days)
Full: 15 Euro - Reduced: 8 Euro

Free entrance:
visitors under 18 years old (by showing their I.D. or Passport)
students from E.U. countries (by showing their University Card)
admission card holders (Free Entrance Card, ICOM, ICOMOS)
guides (by showing their professional card)
members of Societies of Friends of Museums and Archaeological Sites of Greece, by showing their membership card
escort of blind people and escort of persons with mobility difficulties
Entrance is free to all visitors on the following days:
. 6 March (Memory of Melina Mercouri)
. 18 April (International Monument Day)
. 18 May (International Museum Day)
. the last weekend of September (European Days of Cultural Heritage)
. 28 October (National Holiday)
. the first Sunday of the month for the period between 1 November and 31 March
Clearance of the galleries begins 20 minutes before closing time. Essential work may necessitate closing galleries without previous notice.

Phone: 21 3214 4800
Public transit access: Victoria metro station, Omonia metro station, 
Official museum's website
More info at wikipedia

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.

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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 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.

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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.

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foto by Paris Tavitian

ANCIENT 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

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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.

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The Cafe
The 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

The Industrial Gas Museum opened its doors to the public in 2013. The main objective of the Museum is the promotion and protection of the old Athens Gasworks plant, an industrial heritage monument that supplied energy and lighting in the Athens metropolitan area for 130 years.

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The visit to the Museum includes a museum path with 13 stops in specific areas of the factory. The museum path tour helps the visitor follow the gas production line, admire the mechanical equipment and the old machinery, learn about the role played by the management and workers of the factory, find out about the work conditions and become familiar with terms such as industrial heritage and archaeology.

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The Museum has a rich collection of photographs and archive material as well as audiovisual material, including short films and recorded interviews of factory workers and residents of the area. The museum’s collection is further enriched with items from the factory itself as well as interactive applications.

The Industrial Gas Museum is the first industrial museum in Athens. It supplements the museal map of Athens and highlights one of the few surviving industrial heritage monuments of the city.

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The Byzantine and Christian Museum, which is based in Athens, is one of Greece’s national museums.

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Its areas of competency are centered on – but not limited to – religious artifacts of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods which it exhibits, but also acquires, receives, preserves, conserves, records, documents, researches, studies, publishes and raises awareness of.

The museum has over 25,000 artifacts in its possession. The artifacts date from between the 3rd and 20th century AD, and their provenance encompasses the entire Greek world, as well as regions in which Hellenism flourished. The size and range of the collections and value of the exhibits makes the Museum a veritable treasury of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art and culture.

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Permanent exhibitions:

THE BYZANTINE EMPIRE
I. From the ancient world to Byzantium
II. The Byzantine World
Intellectual and Artistic Activity in the 15th century
IV. From Byzantium to Modern Era
V. Byzantium and modern art

Temporary exhibition

DOCUMENTA 14
08 April 2017 until 17 July 2017
“When Elephants Fight, It is the Frogs That Suffer-A Sonic Graffiti”
The installation consists of 16 loudspeakers playing “a symphony of frogs croaking.” The sound archive is made of a) frogs croaking b) human voices imitating frogs croaking c) human voices reciting proverbs d) human voices reading parts of Aristophanes’ play “Frogs”. Both Aristophanes’ “Frogs” and Ben Patterson's earlier work “Pond” have influenced the development and the artistic result of this work.

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The gardens of the Byzantine Museum are an oasis in the heart of the city where visitors can take an imaginary journey through history and art. Seating areas are provided under the fruit trees, surrounded by aromatic herbs and fountains. Three small themed exhibitions of historic and archaeological interest are presented in the gardens:

  • The Well-Cistern, on how Athens was supplied with water from ancient times to the present;
  • Paradise, on the Byzantine concept of Paradise in life and the afterlife; and
  • The River Ilissos, on the development of the fluvial landscape on the banks of the Ilissos from antiquity to modern times.

The café-bistro «ILISSIA» is located in the garden of the Byzantine and Christian Museum, in the shadow of the Palace of the Duchess of Plaisance. In a pleasant and peaceful environment the visitor can enjoy coffee, disert or a light meal. ILISSIA can also accommodate special events, after consultation with the bistro management and the Museum’s Communication Office.

The café-bistro «ILISSIA» is open:
Monday: closed
Tuesday-Friday: 09.00-18.00
Saturday & Sunday: 09.00-19.00

Tickets:
General admission: 8 €
Free admission: under 18 years old

Address: Vasilisis Sofias 22 (Just 15 walk from Athens flat). Nearest Metro station is Evangelismos

Telephone: (+30) 211 012 0441-2 and (+30) 213 213 9607.

For more information visit museum's official website

The Numismatic Museum is one of the oldest public museums in Greece.It was established in 1834, the same year as the National Archaeological Museum.

Athens Numismatic Museum

The Numismatic Museum owns 500.000 acquisitions –mostly coins as well as medals, lead bullae, gems, weights, obeloi and talents- dated from the 14th century BC until today.

The richest collections are those of the ancient coins dated from the 6th century BC to the 5th century AD. These are the coins of the city-states, the kings and rulers of the ancient Greek and Hellenistic world, the Roman Republic, the Roman emperors and the Roman Imperial provinces.

Of similar importance are the collections of the Byzantine and Medieval coins dated from the 6th century to the 15th century. There is a large number of coins of the Byzantine empire and representative issues of all the emperors and mints, issues of states and monarchs of the Medieval West and East as well as issues of the Frankish kingdoms created in Greece since the 13th century.

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The period from the 15th to the 20th century is covered through the coins of most of the Modern and contemporary era states. An emphasis is shown to coins circulated in Greece, such as issues of the Ottoman empire, coins of European states and empires and coins and banknotes of the Modern Greek state.

In the garden of the Iliou Melathron there is a café, a small green oasis in downtown Athens. The garden, of 800m2, contains numerous plants of the Greek flora and is decorated with copies of ancient Greek statues.

Athens Numismatic Museum's garden cafe

The visitors to the Museum and others who spend time in the area can enjoy a pleasant break for coffee or light lunch in a serene and cool environment. Following contact with the person in charge of the Café and the Museum’s Public Relations office, the place can also accommodate special happenings.

On the first floor of the Iliou Melathron operates The Museum Shop and is open daily during the Museum’s visiting hours.

Here, exact copies of ancient Greek coins and jewelry, cards, notebooks and games are in offer as well as, digital publications and books of numismatic interest, for example, the Museum’s publications that refer to both the specialists in the field and to the general public.

Address: Panepistimiou 12 (just 10 minutes walk from your Athens flat apartment)

Telephones: +30210-3632057, +30210-3612834 and +30210-3612872

Opening hours:
Monday closed
Tuesday – Sunday 09:00 – 16:00
Last admission fifteen (15) minutes before closing

Holidays (closed): January 1st, March 25th, Orthodox Easter Sunday, May 1st, December 25-26th

Tickets: Full: €6, Reduced: €3
Special ticket package: Full: €15, Reduced: €8
(Valid for National Archaeological Museum, Byzantine & Christian Museum, Epigraphic & Numismatic Museum)

Access to Museum: Metro stations: Syntagma, Panepistimio - Trolleys nr.: 2, 3, 4, 11, 13

People with Disabilities: Lift for access to persons with kinetic problems

More info at museum’s official website 

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