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National Archaeological Museum

National Archaeological Museum

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Greek historical artifacts can be found in the National Archaeological Museum. It displays a wide variety of items and is regarded as the best museum in the world. The museum houses prehistoric collections, sculptures, and artifacts, including a bronze statue of Santorini, Zeus, vases, and Egyptian artwork. etc.


Best things to see at the National Archaeological Museum:


The juvenile male Kouros and the young female Kore were found together in 1972 in Mirenda, southeast of Athens. The female Kore is intact and is regarded as one of the most significant works of Archaic art in existence. Around 550–540 BC, the artist Aristion of Paros produced both statues.


Poseidon or Zeus? Is the question posed by the museum itself because experts can't seem to agree, although locals will tell you it's Zeus. One of the few authentic artifacts from the early Classical era that still exists today is a hollow cast bronze figure that was uncovered in a shipwreck off the coast of Euboea, Evia.


The Antikythera Mechanism:


The Antikythera Mechanism was discovered in 1901 by sponge swimmers off the coast of the island Antikythera after spending 2,000 years submerged. Modern radiography has revealed a complicated structure of over 30 mechanical gears, which is thought to be the world's first computer. Research is still being done to determine its precise function.


It wasn't until the 14th century AD that any machine was applied to an astronomical clock since the mechanical science underlying the instrument had at some point around antiquity been lost. Ancient Greek writing may be readily seen with the naked eye on some of the components that make up the exhibition, which shows the many forms the device was discovered in.


Tombs of the Kerameikos:


Kerameikos, an ancient cemetery in the heart of Athens, was dug up in 1891. Due to their Sarcophagi being covered in a layer of dirt, two skeletons were discovered in extraordinarily good condition. This skeleton, which dates to 460 BC, was encircled by 9 vases as grave offerings, as was the norm in Classical Athens at the period.


The Mask of Agamemnon:


One of the most well-known gold items from the Greek bronze period is the gold death mask of Agamemnon. Scientists have determined that the mask dates to the 16th century BC, predating the life of Agamemnon, but it is still frequently called by this name. The mask, one of five found in Mycenae in 1876, hid the face of a significant figure who had passed away.

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Address of National Archaeological Museum

Patision 44, Athens 106 82 Greece

Opening & Closing time of National Archaeological Museum

  • Monday
    08:00-20:00
  • Tuesday
    13:00-20:00
  • Wednesday
    08:00-20:00
  • Thursday
    08:00-20:00
  • Friday
    08:00-20:00
  • Saturday
    08:00-20:00
  • Sunday
    08:00-20:00

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