National Archaeological Museum

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44 Patission St.

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 3.5Atmosphere

The National Archaeological Museum contains some of the most revered artifacts of Greece, dating back to 6000 B.C., and is considered one of the world's best museums for ancient Greek art.

Prior visitors said this museum is well laid out and offers informative and interesting displays, adding that seeing the Agamemnon's gold death mask is a must. However, some cautioned that select areas of the property are closed each day due to a lack of funds. The building can also get crowded at times, even during the offseason.

You'll find the National Archaeological Museum in the Exarchia neighborhood of downtown Athens, just a short walk from the Victoria, Omonia and Panepistimio metro stations. The attraction is open between 1 and 8 p.m. on Mondays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Entrance fees are 5 euros (less than $6) per person for visitors 18 and older; free admission is offered on select days. Guided tours are also available, starting at 50 euros (about $54) for groups with one to five people. On-site facilities include bathrooms, a garden, a cafe and a gift shop. Visit the property's website to find out more.

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