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In 1829, after the liberation of Greece from the Ottoman Empire, the National Archaeological Museum was the first museum established to house and protect antiquities from all over the country. Today it is the largest and still the best archaeological museum in Greece. Their vast permanent collection displays more than 11,000 exhibits of Ancient Greek art and artifacts, ranging from the Neolithic period to late antiquity. Permanent exhibits include Neolithic, Egyptian, Mycenean, and Cycladic antiquities, as well as impressive sculpture and metalwork collections. Most visitors spend a few hours here, but there’s a convenient (and lovely) garden cafe located right outside the main entrance that’s a perfect place for day-long visitors to refuel and rest weary legs. Fantastic gift shop, too.
It’s easy to visit on your own, but a private tour guide can help save time and enhance your experience. Located in central Athens’ Exarcheia neighborhood next to Athens Polytechnic University, the Archaeological Museum is one of the few top attractions in Athens that isn’t very near the Plaka/Acropolis area, so visitors will need to take a taxi (5 minutes), metro (10 minutes), or walk about 25 minutes from Plaka or Syntagma Square.
National Archaeological Museum Hours and Information
- Hours: 8:30am – 13:30pm Wednesday to Monday, 1pm – 8pm Tuesdays (November through March); 8am – 8pm Wednesday to Monday, 1pm – 8pm Tuesdays (April through October). Closed December 25-26, January 1, March 25, Orthodox Easter Sunday, May 1.
- Website: namuseum.gr
- Location: 28is Oktovriou 44
- Telephone: +30 213 214 4800
- Admission Fee: 12€ April through October; 6€ November through March. A 3-day 15€ museum pass is available that includes admission for the National Archaeological Museum, Epigraphic Museum, Numismatic Museum, and Byzantine and Christian Museum.
- Free Entry: March 6, April 18, May 18, the last weekend of September, October 28, and the first Sunday of each month from November 1st until March 31st.
- Parking: Street parking, nearby pay lots
- Nearest Metro: Omonia or Victoria
National Archaeological Museum