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Museums in Athens

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The National Archaeological Museum of Athens

The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is located in Patission Street 44, near the Omonia square. It is the most important archaeological museum in Greece with one of the finniest collection in the world.

All the cultures that flourished in Greece are represented with many explanations in English. The museum contains collection of: Prehistoric items, Sculpture, Pottery and Minor art, Bronzes and Egyptian Art... The museum also organizes temporary exhibitions. It also has a touristic shop with guide-books, post-cards, slides, archaeological publications, posters, casts, copies, maps, videotapes and toys are sold.

The Byzantine and Christian Museum

The Museum is located in the central neighbor of Kolonaki, 22 Vassilis Sofias Av. The museum was founded in 1914 and houses an important collection of Greek ecclesiastical art from the 4th century to the 19th century: Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons, sculpture, manuscripts, wall paintings, mosaics, wood carvings and many objects (cloth, coins, pottery...)

Museum of Popular Instruments

The museum is located in Plaka, 1-3 Diogenous Street and is housed in the historical Lassanis Mansion, close to the Roman Agora. It has a collection of about 1200 Greek popular musical instruments dating from the 18th century to the present day.

The museum exhibits toumbelekia (pottery drums), daoulia (drums), defia (tambourines), flogeres - souravlia - mandoures (flutes), tsabounes, gaides (bagpipes), zournades (shawms), tambourades, laghouta (long-necked lutes), outia (short-necked lutes), quitars , mandolins, dulcimers but also koudounia (bells), massies (tongs with cymbals), simandro (semanterion)... The mansion's garden often welcomes recitals of Greek traditional music.

War Museum of Athens

The museum of Athens dedicated to the army of Greece

Museum of the History of the Greek Costume

Inaugurated in 1988, the museum is located in Dimokritou 7. It is dedicated to the study of the Greek costume.

The Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum is located on the Acropolis site and it is considered as one of the most important museums in the world. Even if many masterpieces have been stolen during Greece's many occupations, the museum still houses many masterpieces from the Athenian Sanctuary of "Temenos" of Athena Parthenos.

The collection of the museum contains: sculptural offerings of the Archaic period, pediments of temples dated to the Archaic period, Archaic horsemen, sculptures of the "Severe" style, pediments and Metopes from the Parthenon, the Parthenon frieze, the Erechteion frieze, parapets of the Temple of Athena Nike, frieze of the Temple of Athena Nike, the Caryatids.

The museum exhibits only sculptures from the monuments of the Acropolis. The vases and inscription are housed in the National Archeological Museum of Athens and Epigraphical Museum.

The Archaeological museum of Kerameikos

Important note: Due to renovation, the museum will be closed until Easter 2004. Kerameikos is located at 148 Ermou Street. The Kerameikos was the city's cemetery from the 12th century BC to Roman Times. Despite it central location, this site is between the greenest in Athens. The museum houses stalae, sculptures, vases and figurine found on the site.

Benaki Museum

The museum is located in the central neighbor of Kolonaki, 1 Vassilis Sofias Av. It houses the private collection of Antoine Benaki: Bronze Age finds, work of El Greco, the famous Cretan painter, ecclesiastical furniture and many other collections. It one of the most famous museums of Greece. Today, a new Benaki museums have been founded in Pireos Avenue in order to host modern art.

Museum of Greek Folk Art

The museum is located in Plaka, 17,Kydathineon Street. The museum houses a rich collections of objects representing all branches of folk art from 1650 until today: embroidery, weaving, costumes, masquerades and more.

The Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum

The private museum is located in Makrigiani neighbour, 12 Makrigianni Street. It is a center of international studies which also exhibits the creations of Ilias Lalaounis, a famous Athenian jeweler and goldsmith, elected member to the French Academie des Beaux-Arts.

Paul and Alexandra Kanelopoulos Museum

Museum of the Ancient Agora (Stoa of Attalos)

The museum is located in the Stoa of Attalos. The actual Stoa is a reproduction of the original stoa built by King Attalos II of Pergramum around 150 B.C. The collection of the museum includes: finds from the wells, deposits, burials, workshops and sanctuaries, clay, bronze, bone, ivory, and glass objects, sculptures, coins, pottery, inscriptions, clay lamps, pottery of the Byzantine period and the Turkish occupation, amphoras, architectural parts of the Upper Stoa.

The Goulandris Foundation Museum of Cycladic Art

The museum is located in the central neighbor of Kolonaki, 4 Neofytou Douka Street.
It is a private collection of Cycladic art and Ancient Greek art of great importance.

The Cycladic collection is composed of over 350 objects of the central Aegean Area dated between 3200 and 2000 B.C.: marble sculpture and figurines, pottery... The Cycladic art is characterized by those figurine which inspired many contemporary artists.

The Ancient Greek Art Collection includes artifacts from the Bronze Age to the Roman times: pottery, terracotta figurines, sculpture, metal and glass ware, jewellery...

The Numismatic Museum

The Museum is located in Panepistimiou 12, Syntagma and exhibits some six hundreds thousands covering the ancient Greek world, the Roman and Byzantine periods, western Mediaeval times and modern times, "hoards" (closed numismatic groups), weights, lead stamps, medals and precious stones. There is also ten thousand volumes devoted to the special field of numismatics, to history, to seals and to archaeology.

Atelier Spyros Vassiliou

The home and studio of Spyros Vassiliou (1902/3-1985) is now open to the public as a museum and archive, hence becoming the principal authority on the artist. The Atelier recomposes the artistic progression of one of the most acclaimed, reputed and prolific exponents of contemporary Greek art bydisplaying a large number of his works in a wonderful setting just across from the Herodus Atticus Odeon, under the Acropolis. The museum is located 5a Webster St., Acropolis Athens 11742 Metro Acropolis.

The Epigraphical Museum

The museum is housed in the National Archeological Museum of Athens. It exhibits an interesting collection of inscriptions from Attics and other part of Greece: Decree of the Athenian people assembly, Stele with building accounts and more...


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