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National Archaeological Museum

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Address: 44 Patission, Athens 106 82, Greece
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Don't skip the Antikythera mechanism... And cover as much of the rest as you can

This is a huge museum with pieces from all the important archeological periods in Greek history. Definitely have a book, audio guide, or a tour - there's so much here you'll. Be... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a huge museum with pieces from all the important archeological periods in Greek history. Definitely have a book, audio guide, or a tour - there's so much here you'll. Be overwhelmed otherwise. And make an effort to go all the way to the end of the hall of Bronzes to see the Antikythera mechanism - an ancient analog... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Ancient greek history. Many marbles from tombs , many great pieces from tombs like mycenians , many statues (check αγαλμα greek word etymology of roman word statue) metallic or marble such as gods, hoplites-soldiers ,kouros ,women.Pieces from battles like the Persian arrowheads on Thermopylae, antycythera mechanism,, many amphora with great painting..... At least two hours to see this museum....

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Edina, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is touted as one of the best museums in the world and it does have many interesting things to see at a very low price (5E). However, there are no audio guides or maps and tours are very expensive (50E) depending on how many people go on the tour. The exhibit halls are very echoy so if private tours... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The exhibits are stunning, this is a top cultural heritage museum. It is a pity the exhibits don't receive the attention they deserve as regards space, this museum should be much bigger. Amazing collection!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A fantastic collection. Unfortunately because it is "off" season and he economic situation of Greece has not much improved much of the collection is not open. Boo. So many wonderful rooms roped off and lights turned off. 😒 What is on view is great and anyone who took art history 101 will recognize some "famous" pieces from Mycenae , cyclades... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wonderful museum, with extraordinary content, well displayed with good explanations in English. Poor museum shop and no guide available in English.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There is so much to see in this museum. The Acropolis museum has items related to the Acropolis but this museum has items from all around Greece. So many gorgeous statues, urns, masks, burial artifacts, pottery, and jewelry and many more things in this museum. It's a must see and takes min 2 hrs to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is also a must. In the heart of Athens. Only 5 euros to get in. Has so much to see. The artifacts are amazing. Wear comfortable shoes, take camera and have some water with you as you need over 2-3 hours to see everything. Kids will get tired and there are benches inside to sit and rest if needed.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Signage good. Only 5 Euros to get in. Obviously the so-called Agamemnon mask is impressive but other than that the museum just doesn't really set you alight. Children endured it with some full on tutoring from us. Quite hard to find too and requires traipsing through some fairly grotty streets.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My word, they do love a good old Greek vase here... You can't really mock (well, you can a little perhaps)...but the museum is a honey pot for the vase fan but with enough interesting exhibits to keep you interested. It's old school compared to the modern Acropolis Museum, but it makes a good effort to keep you entertained and... More 

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Exarchia is in many ways Athens’ best-kept secret, discovered by relatively few international visitors. Located behind the main University and Polytechnic buildings, it is unsurprisingly home to many students, intellectuals and politicos. This is reflected in the area’s vibrant street art and graffiti, which seems to cover almost every inch of wall space. Some of the best Athenian tavernas are located here, as well as its most alternative bars and underground music venues. You'll find political bookshops and quirky stores here, yet it is also a neighborhood inhabited by families and older folk. On Saturdays, punks and grandmothers alike head for Kallidromiou Street, nestled below Strefi Hill, to pick up fresh produce at the traditional laiki agora (street market).
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