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The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece and one of the world's greatest museums. Although its original purpose was to secure all the finds from the 19th 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 20,000 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 19th century. The vast exhibition space - numerous galleries on each floor accounting for a total of 8,000 square metres - house five large permanent collections:

  • Prehistoric: includes works of the great civilizations that has been developed in the Aegean from the 6th millennium BC to 1050 BC (Neolithic, Cycladic, Mycenaean), and finds from the prehistoric settlement at Thera.
  • Sculptures: shows the development of ancient Greek sculpture from the 7th to the 5th centuries BC with unique masterpieces.
  • Vase and Minor Objects: containing representative works of ancient Greek pottery from the 11th century BC to the Roman period and includes the Stathatos Collection, a corpus of minor objects of all periods.
  • Metallurgy: with many fundamental statues, figurines and minor objects.
  • The only Egyptian and NearEastern Antiquities Collection in Greece: with works dating from the pre-dynastic period (5000 BC) to the Roman conquest.

The National Archaeological Museum welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Besides displaying its own treasures, it organizes temporary exhibitions and lends artefacts to exhibitions both in Greece and abroad. It also functions as a research center for scientists and scholars from around the world and participates in special educational and other programs. An important feature is the availability of guided visits for people with hearing impediments. The Museum functions as a Special Regional Service of the Ministry of Culture and its five permanent collections are administered autonomously.


44 Patission Street, Athens
Telephone: +30 210 8217724
Fax: +30 210 8213573, 8230800
Ticket: Full: €10, Reduced: €5
Open: From November 1st: Monday: 13:30-20:00, Tuesday-Sunday: 08:30 - 15:00
Holidays: 1 January, 25 March, 1 May, Easter Sunday, 25 December, 26 December


Front view of the museum



The interior of the museum