The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is one of the largest and most significant museums of ancient Greek Art in the world. The Museum building was inaugurated in 1889. It was expanded in 1931-1939, and today covers approximately 9.500 square metres of exhibition space. Its galleries present the lasting evolution of Ancient Greek art and history from the prehistoric period (6800 B.C.) to the Late Roman Era (4th century A.D). The Museum’s collections are amongst the richest in their kind and comprise as follows:
The exhibited artefacts represent the major civilisations that flourished in the Aegean from the 7th millennium to about 1050 B.C. The treasures of Mycenae, the Linear B tablets, the Cycladic figurines, and the murals from the island of Thera, are some of the most eminent exhibits.
One thousand works of ancient Greek sculpture are exhibited in chronological order spanning from the early Archaic Era (7th century B.C.) to the late antiquity (4th century A.D.). Unique among them are the archaic Kouroi statues and the classical grave reliefs.
This is one of the richest collections of bronze originals. Zeus from Artemision, the Jockey with his horse and other large-scale statues are renowned worldwide. Bronze statuettes and minor art artefacts are also examples of exquisite art.
Vases and the Minor Arts Collection
Approximately 2500 vases and vessels show the evolution of Greek pottery (11th – 1st c. B.C.). The collection is also organized in thematic groups containing finds from major Temples or featuring themes of special interest such as funerary customs, woman in antiquity, the child, and sports.
The Minor Arts collection of the historical ages is represented in three different exhibitions that include: A) Terracotta Figurines, B) Gold jewellery and silver vessels, and C) Glass Vessels.
The Vlastos-Serpieris Collection consists of ancient Greek and Tarantine artifacts, donated by the Vlastos-Serpieris family.
The Stathatos Collection stands out for the Ancient and Byzantine treasures of gold jewellery, as well as the Post –Byzantine silver vessels.
The Egyptian Collection, donated by two expatriate Greek collectors, is considered a prominent collection internationally for the rarity of its objects. It includes statues, pottery, figurines, sarcophagi, mummies, jewellery and other objets d’art from the early Predynastic period (5000 B.C.) to the Roman Period (30 B.C.-A.D.395).
The exhibition displays 180 artifacts, which illustrate various aspects of ancient life in Cyprus, such as religion, art and commerce, while making evident the individual character of the Cypriot civilization as well as its bonds with Greek culture.
Winter opening hours:
Tuesday –Sunday : 8.30 -15.00
Monday : 13.30 -20.00
Summer opening hours:
Tuesday –Sunday : 8.00 -20.00
Monday : 13.30 -20.00
There are a museum shop, a museum café at the atrium.