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Founded in 1986 as a place to display Aegean and Cypriot artifacts owned by Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris, two Athenians interested in preserving Greek culture, the Museum of Cycladic Art features various sculptures, jewelry, pottery and weapons. Permanent collections are housed in the Main Building, while temporary exhibits are showcased at the adjacent Stathatos Mansion.

History buffs and art lovers rave about the high-quality exhibits offered inside this small museum. What's more, all of the displays include English translations, making it easy for Americans to learn more about each item. This attraction is also popular with families, thanks in part to its complimentary admissions for children 17 and younger and its free family activities (on weekends between October and May) like interactive museum tours and arts and crafts workshops. Additionally, the museum offers complimentary Wi-Fi access, a gift shop and a cafe, which visitors say serves tasty homemade pastries.

Operating hours vary by day, but the museum generally opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, with extended hours on Thursdays and reduced hours on Sundays. The museum is closed on Tuesdays and select holidays. Free guided tours are provided at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays and at noon and 3 p.m. on weekends. Each visitor between 27 and 64 is required to pay an entrance fee of 7 euros (approximately $7.50), but half-priced tickets are sold on Mondays. Seniors and students ages 19 to 26 qualify for discounted admissions on any day. Parking is not available on-site, so plan on using public transportation or a taxi to reach the property and other Museum Mile attractions. Multiple bus routes make stops nearby, and the Evangelismos and Syntagma metro stations sit within walking distance. Learn more about offered activities, collections and facilities by visiting the property's website.

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