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One of the most important archaeological museums in the world, the Archaeological Museum of Athens houses the finest antiquities all over Greece.
Well-curated exhibitions guide you through magnificent findings, exceptional sculptures, detailed pottery, Avant-garde jewelry, frescoes and artifacts dating back to antiquity and the classic times.
The Museum is situated in central Athens, between Epirus, Bouboulinas and Tositsas Streets, with the entrance on Patission street, right next to the Athenian Polytechnic University. Housed in an imposing neoclassical building, firstly designed by L. Lange and remodelled by E. Ziller. Numerous galleries well articulated in a total of 8.000 sq. meters.
All exhibits include significant findings from the Prehistoric era and present the development of ancient Greek sculpture. An indicative selection includes the masterpiece of classic period dedicated to "Poseidon of Artemision", the 2m high Bronze Statue and the "Myrrini lecythus", the oil flask created with white marble and exquisitely decorated with mythical depiction of Hermes.
A notable column, "Igesous", is the most well preserved one, discovered in the ancient Athenian sacred cemetery of Kerameikos. You should definitely lay your eyes upon "the golden mask of Agamemnon", nowadays believed to be the mask of a dead king and "Hygeia's head" is surely not to be missed.
If you want to witness the ancient life of the Aegean Sea, pass by the "Thera exhibition" showcasing significant frescoes that reveal ancient secrets of the islands.
A visit at the Archaeological Museum of Athens requires plenty of time, since it is considered one of the biggest museums in the world. Make sure you keep your agenda empty during your visit's day, to genuinely live the experience.