Top ten museums in Athens

acropolis_museumThere is a variety of museums in Athens for visitors and for everyone who is interested in archeology, history and art. Below you will find the top ten museums that will make you feel the atmosphere of ancient Greece.

1. The Acropolis Museum

You can not leave Athens if you don’t visit Acropolis Museum. This museum is 8th on the list of the best museums in the world compiled by TripAdvisor. The visitor can see the Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis, the Parthenon Gallery and the Archaic Gallery. Sculptures, finds from anctuaries and odjects of everyday life are beautifuly displayed at the museum.

2. National Archaelogical Museum

This is the largest museum in Greece. The visitor can experience the Greek civilization from prehistory to late times. The National Archaelogical Museum has more than 11.000 impressive exhibits.

3. The Benaki Museum

This museum consists of three seperated museums. The oldest building is opposite the National Park, the new building is at Piraeus street and the third building is located at Kerameikos. In this museum visitor can see exhibitions of modern art, ancient Greek and Roman art, architectural archives and objects collected by Antonis Benakis.

4. Museum of Cycladic Art

This museum houses the collections of Goulandris family, which are the most important collections of Cycladic Art in the world. There you can find objects from the 4th milennium BC to the 6th century AD.

5. Byzantine and Christian Museum

In this museum you can enrich your knowledge in Byzantine and more recent art. The museum also has a beutiful garden, where you can enjoy a coffee or a desert.

6. National Historical Museum

The building that this museum is located used to be the old parliament of Athens. The collection includes historical documents, flags, arms of the Revolution of 1821, medals, coins, stamps and sculptures.

7. Nomismatic Museum

The collection of this museum includes more than 500.000 coins, seals and medals. Visitors can be informed for the history and the importance of currency from ancient times up to recent years. Also, guest can buy copies of ancient coins and jewelry.

8. Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum

This museum offers the opportunity to the visitor to experience the art of jewelry. The big collection includes jewelry from different periods. Inside the museum the guest can see craftsmen working with ancient and modern tools and techniques.

9. Goulandris Natural History Museum

Located at Athens suburbs, this museum is ideal for children because it is focused on protection and conservation of natural environment. Children and adults can taught the importance of the balance of the ecosystem and knowing more about plants and animals.

10. Archaeological Museum of Piraeus

The museum was founded in 1966 and exhibits sculptures and rare findings from Piraeus, Salamina, Varkiza and neightboring areas. Remarkable are the pottery objects of great artistic value.

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