National Archeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum of Athens contains one of the richest collections of ancient Greek art in the world. It is also the most famous museum in all of Greece, often referred to by the residents of Athens simply as “the museum”.

The building was built in several stages in the period between 1866. and 1889 The west wing was built first, then the north and finally the south. A large part of the funds for the construction of the museum were provided by Demetrios and Nikolaos Vernardikis. The land was donated by Eleni Tositsa. The main architect of the building is Panagis Kalkos. It is in a neo-classical style that matches the classical style of the artefacts it houses.

The museum presents several permanent exhibitions that will immerse you in the world of Homer’s Iliad, will tell you about the history of ancient Mycenae, will touch you with the achievements of the civilizations that inhabited the territory of today’s Greece in the past. Over 30,000 ancient objects are exhibited in its 48 halls. Among them stands out the infamous mask of Agamemnon, made entirely of gold. Objects from the history of ancient Egypt and Cyprus are also part of the permanent expositions of the museum.

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