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
great 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
The museum has an imposing neo-classical design which was very popular in Europe
at the time and is in full accordance with the classical style artifacts that it
houses. The initial plan was conceived by the architect Ludwig Lange and it was
later modified by Panages Kalkos who was the main architect, Harmodios Vlachos
and Ernst Ziller. At the front of the museum there is a large neo-classic design
garden which is decorated with sculptures.
The museum's collections are organised in sections: Prehistoric collection
(Neolithic, Cycladic, Mycenaean), Sculptures collection,
Vase and Minor Objects Collection, Santorini findings, Metallurgy Collection,
Stathatos Collection, Vlastos Collection, Egyptian Art collection, Near Eastern
Some of the ancient artists whose work is presented in the museum are Myron,
Scopas, Euthymides, Lydos, Agoracritus, Agasias, Pan Painter, Wedding Painter,
Meleager Painter, Cimon of Cleonae, Nessos Painter, Damophon, Aison (vase
painter), Analatos Painter, Polygnotos (vase painter), Hermonax.
Collections include sculpture work, Loutrophoros, amphora, Hydria, Skyphos,
Krater, Pelike, and lekythos vessels, Stele, frescoes, jewellery, weapons,
tools, coins, toys and other ancient items.