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The National Archaeological Museum of Athens

Being among the flagship museums of Athens, the National Archaeological Museum of Athens stands tall under the Athenian sun, right at the center of the city. The museum has gained its reputation as a prolific cultural hub not only within Greek boundaries but also worldwide. The magnificent neoclassical building was designed by L. Lange and later remodeled by Ernst Ziller.
Covering a total of 8,000 square meters, the museums displays over 20.000 exhibits. The history of Greek civilization unfolds in a series of galleries that lay on each floor of the museum. Six permanent collections unravel the intriguing past, from Prehistory to Late Antiquity.
The Collection of Prehistoric Antiquities brings to the public eye the magnificent creations of the notable civilizations that developed from the 6th millennium B.C. through 1050 B.C in the Aegean, namely Cycladic, Neolithic, Mycenaean. The visitor can also admire items from the prehistoric settlement of Thera.
The Sculptures Collection will fascinate you with its astonishing array of Greek sculptures, showcasing the gradual development of ancient Greek masterpieces from 7th to the 5th centuries B.C. Fine pottery representatives of the 11th century BC to the Roman period are on display; just opt for the Vase and Minor Objects Collection. There you can also admire Stathatos Collection as well, a body of small objects of all periods.
Many figurines, statues mythological creatures and animals along with vases and vessels of every kind can be seen at The Bronze (Metalwork) Collection. Finds from the pre-dynastic period (5000 B.C.) will strike you from the very beginning. Don’t miss out on the newest installment, the Collection of Cypriotic Antiquities.
The area features some great cafes and bars to repose after a long day of sightseeing.
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