Glimpses in History!
National Archaeological Museum of Athens
A visit to the National Archaeological Museum of Greece! A walk through the ancient Greek civilization!
The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece and one of the largest and most important worldwide. It is situated close to Omonia Square, in the center of Athens, at Pitission street (44, October 28th str). The area is called Museum. The National Archaeological Museum has a history of 180 years. Initially, from 1835 until 1874, it was housed in the Temple of Hephaestus, in the region of Thission, and then in the imposing neoclassical building where it is today, built in the late 19th century. It was designed by L.Lange and took its final form by Ernst Ziller.
The exhibition halls cover 8,000 sq m. Its five permanent collections include more than 11,000 artifacts that constitute an unparalleled panorama of the ancient Greek civilization from the beginning of prehistory to late antiquity. They are the Collection of Prehistoric Antiquities, the Sculpture Collection, the Collection of Vases and Minor, the Collection of Metals, and the only one in Greece Collection of Egyptian and Eastern Antiquities.
The museum has a photo archive, a library with many rare editions, modern laboratories, halls for temporary exhibitions, an auditorium for lectures and a large shop of ancient copies, souvenirs and publications. At the same time it is a research center for scientists from around the world.