Founded in 1889, this is undoubtedly one of the most important archaeological museums in the world, proving that history and art from ancient times still have the power to impress with their magnificence and beauty. The National Archaeological Museum is the biggest in the whole city hosting more than eleven thousand exhibits that cover a large chronological and geographical span. If you want to experience the panorama of Greek civilization to its fullest, save at least two days from your calendar to wander through the fascinating permanent collections filled with prehistoric items from the Aegean, frescoes from Thira, sculptures, vases, statues, jewelry, weapons and religious items. Do not miss the unique sculptures and the famous Antikythera device, probably used for astronomical observations, yet still shrouded in mystery. Last but not least, the epigraphic collection on the ground floor and the huge library with rare photographs and manuscripts will surely blow your mind.
Address & telephone number: 28is Oktovriou 44, Athens, +30 21 3214 4890
Consisting of three separate museums, each specializing in certain subjects, the Benaki Museum is the oldest and main part in a majestic neoclassical building. Benaki is definitely one of the most important museums related to the history, art, and culture of ancient and modern Greece. While it is the ideal place for an insight into various eras, it also organizes some of the most amazing exhibitions of contemporary art. A must-visit tour for every art and history buff should be completed at the new departments hosting Neohellenic architectural archives and Islamic art collections, including objects collected by Benakis in Egypt.
Address & telephone number: Koumpari 1, Athens, +30 21 0367 1000