The 9,500 sq.m. neoclassical building that houses the museum was designed by L. Lange and remodelled by Ernst Ziller.
The museum presents five large permanent collections:
1) The Prehistoric Collection that includes works of the great civilizations that flourished in the Aegean from from the 7th millennium to 1050 BC (Neolithic, Cycladic, Mycenaean), as well as findings from the prehistoric settlement at Thera (Santorini).
2) The Sculptures Collection that presents the evolution of ancient Greek sculpture from the 8th century BC to the 5th century AD.
3) The Vase and Minor Objects Collection that contains representative works of ancient Greek pottery from the 11th century BC to the Roman period and includes the Stathatos Collection, a corpus of minor objects of all periods.
4) The Metallurgy Collection, which includes many fundamental statues, figurines and minor objects.
5) The only Egyptian Collection in Greece with works dating from the Pre-dynastic period (5000 BC) to the Roman conquest, as well as the Cypriot and Near Eastern Collections that include artefacts from 2500 BC to 4th century AD.
“The Unseen Museum”:
In the context of “The Unseen Museum” project, the National Archaeological Museum presents to the public every two months an object hidden until now in the museum’s storerooms. Beneath the bustling with life halls of the museum, an altogether different world of statues, gold jewelry, valuable bronze vessels and personal everyday objects are kept out of sight. One after the other, some of these objects will emerge from their secure state of obscurity into the light inviting the museum’s friends to capture their stories and narratives.
On 21st January the Unseen Museum welcomes “The textile of the lord from Lefkandi”, an impressive and quite rare work of the ancient art of weaving, preserved in excellent condition. It had been offered, along other valuable gifts, in a ruler’s burial of the «Dark Ages» (11th – 9th cent. B.C.) at Lefkandi of Euboea.
“The textile of the lord from Lefkandi” will remain in the Hall of the Altar (34) until 5th May 2019.
Ticket price from November 1st to March 31st: 5€
Ticket price from April 1st to October 31st: 10€
Free entrance: under 18, EU students, admission card holders (Free Entrance Card, Culture Card, ICOM, ICOMOS), journalists, members of Societies of Friends of Museums and Archaeological Sites of Greece, escorts of blind people or of people with mobility difficulties.
Combined ticket: 15€ (reduced: 8€) for the National Archaeological Museum, Byzantine & Christian Museum, Numismatic Museum and Epigraphic Museum.
Free admission days:
– 6th March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
– 18th April (International Monuments Day)
– 18 May (International Museums Day)
– 5th June (International Enviroment Day)
– The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
– Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st
– 28 October
From November 1st to March 31st
Monday: 13:00 – 20:00
Tuesday – Sunday: 09:00 – 16:00
From April 1st to October 31st
Monday: 13:00 – 20:00
Tuesday – Sunday: 08:00 – 20:00
– 1 January
– 25 March
– Easter Sunday
– 1 May
– 25 December
– 26 December
Professional licensed guides, who co-operate with the Museum, provide guided tours in Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. The visitor can tour either individually or in groups, preferably up to 20 to 30 pupils and 20-25 adults.
The guided tours concern the following:
i) the most representative exhibits (highlights) of the Museum (minimum duration one hour)
ii) one of the Collections of the museum
iii) the specific interests of the visitor, for example, specific time period, evolution of a particular expression of fine art, for example, sculpture, or specific thematic units, such as child, sports, woman, game, public life, etc.
Prices of guided tours:
Ι. Group of pupils, 115 euro.
ΙΙ. Group of 1-5 persons, minimum cost 50 euro (minimum tour duration 1 hour).
ΙΙΙ. Group of 6-30 people, 60-150 euro, (depending on the number of participants and duration of the tour).
In case you are interested on scheduling your guide tour, please feel free to contact the museum at +30 213 214 4800.