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National Archaeological museum guided tour

Description

This is 1 - 1,5 hour guided tour into the museum with the licensed guides ! The National Archaeological Museum in Athens houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. It is considered one of the greatest museums in the world and contains the richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide. It is situated in the Exarcheia area in central Athens between Epirus Street, Bouboulinas Street and Tositsas Street while its entrance is on the Patission Street adjacent to the historical building of the Athens Polytechnic university.

Itinerary

The first national archaeological museum in Greece was established by prime minister of Greece Ioannis Kapodistrias in Aigina in 1829. Subsequently the archaeological collection was relocated to a number of exhibition places until 1858, when an international architectural competition was announced for the location and the architectural design of the new museum. The prehistoric collection displays objects from the Neolithic era (6800–3000 BC), Early and Mid-Bronze age (3000–2000 BC and 2000 to 1700 BC respectively), objects classified as Cycladic and Mycenaean art. There are ceramic finds from various important Neolithic sites such as Dimini and Sesclo from middle Helladic ceramics from Boeotia, Attica and Phthiotis. Some objects from Heinrich Schliemann excavations in Troy are also on display. Cycladic collection features the famous marble figurines from the Aegean islands of Delos and Keros including the Lutist. These mysterious human representations, which resemble modern art and inspired many artists such as Henry Moore, came from the 3rd millennium BC old cemeteries of Aegean islands along with bronze tools and containers. Mycenean civilization is represented by stone, bronze and ceramic pots, figurines, ivory, glass and faience objects, golden seals and rings from the vaulted tombs in Mycenae and other locations in the Peloponnese (Tiryns and Dendra in Argolis, Pylos in Messinia and Vaphio in Lakonia). Of great interest are the two golden cups from Vafeio showing a scene of the capture of a bull. Mycenean collection includes also the magnificent 19th-century finds of Heinrich Schliemann in Mycenae from the Grace Circle A and the earlier Grave Circle B. Most notable are the golden funerary masks which covered the faces of deceased Mycenean nobles. Among them, the most famous is the one that was named erroneously as the mask of Agamemnon. There are also finds from the citadel of Mycenae including relief stelae, golden containers, glass, alabaster and amber tools and jewels. Other features include an ivory carving of two goddesses with a child, a painted limestone head of a goddess and the famous warrior's vase dating from the 12th century

Pickup

- Meeting with your guide at the entrance at the museum 

Dropoff

-The tour will finish at the exit of the museum 

Things to bring

-Printed voucher 

-Photo / video camera ( no flesh allowed inside the museum) 

Inclusions

-Guided tour 1 to 1.5 hours on differet languages 

 

Exclusions

-Museum tickets ( 7 eur adl per person ) 

- Food and beverages
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Gratuities

Cancellation

Cancellations more then a week in advance only administration costs of 15%
Cancellation between a week and 48 hours prior to departure date: 50% of the total amount
Cancellation less than 48 hours prior to departure date : 100% of the total amount
No show: no restitution

Additional Info

 Available daily upon the request during the opening hours of museum :

 Monday: 13:00 - 20:00
 Tuesday - Sunday: 
09:00 - 16:00

Language: The tour is available on English, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Dutch, etc. 

* Duration of the tour is 1  hours to 1.5 hours  

Booking : We accept the booking made at least 3 days before the tour 

* Minimum persons to book this tour is minimum 1 and maximum 50

SPECIAL Price (from 1 to 5 persons ) : 79 eur 

SPECIAL Price (from 5 to 50 persons) : 189 eur