National Archaeological Museum
Things to Do in Athens
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There are few places outside of Rome and Athens in our modern world that can so easily transport us to our classical past; the National Archaeological Museum of Athens hosts a collection of our western civilization history in the form of art and sculpture, vessels, coins, jewellery, weapons, toys and other artefacts. The museum is home to a lecture hall and library.
Established in 1829, the National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece, and hosts the largest collection of Greek antiquities to be found across the globe. It is centrally located in the Exarcheia section of Athens. The collections of the museum date from pre-history to late antiquity. It is rated 4.5 out of 7,683 reviews on TripAdvisor and is a much-anticipated destination for visitors to Greece.
The building itself is designed, appropriately, in the neo-classical style, resplendent with front-face columns and a sculpture garden in front of the building. It has been expanded and renovated over its many years, especially after it suffered damage in a 1999 earthquake. It was closed completely during WWII and its treasures were carefully boxed and buried to protect them; it re-opened in 1945. Plans for further expansion are underway.