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National Archaeological Museum

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As featured in 3 Days in Athens and 7 other guides
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Address: 44 Patission, Athens 106 82, Greece
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09:00 - 16:00
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Brilliant displays

So much to see and the Mycene treasures were spectacular. We also loved the Neolithic and Cycladic displays. The special Odysseys display was really well put together.

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Possum Brush
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So much to see and the Mycene treasures were spectacular. We also loved the Neolithic and Cycladic displays. The special Odysseys display was really well put together.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum has lot of exhibits from the various archaeological sites in greece. So if you toured the sites first, you will appreciate the artifacts when you see them at the museum. Allow at least 2 hours. Kids under 18 are free.

Thank Geetha M
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Not a fancy building but inside is the story of Early Western civilization with pieces that are breath taking. This is a don't miss in Athens. Plan on two to three hours. Cameras w/o flash allowed.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Loved the statues in here, but the rest of the displays seem a little cold. It was quite expensive, and we allowed lots of time to go round, but we were done in 1 hour and 1/2 and we did go back to some of the statues for one last look.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Overall an enjoyable morning was spent here. It was very crowded by school groups but I think thats an unavoidable feature with any worthy museum. I would have liked more information about each statues use or history rather than information on its restoration. There is also a hidden Egyptian section that I was very enjoyable!

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Bedford, UK
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An excellently presented museum with too many exhibits to appreciate in one visit. We had the benefit of a guide who was able to explain in detail the exhibits.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very rich collection but the display is not always the best. If you have the time just for one museum I would go to the Acropolis museum leaving this one as my second choice

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have to start this by saying I love sculpture and ceramics - if you are on the same page this is an absolute must for a visit if you are in Athens. The Antikythera mechanism was also truly amazing to view - a 2000 year old analogue computer - wow! I spent a whole day ambling around and enjoying... More 

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This is definitely a site to do on your own, perhaps on a day where you want to escape the heat for a while. Wander the exhibits, read the display signs, drink in the ancient history and marvel at all there is to see. Very well laid out

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Breathtaking beauty and artistry on display in this incredible collection of antiquities. Particularly striking, aside from the phenomenal statues, is the 2,000 year old Antikythera mechanism - an ancient computer.

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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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