National Archaeological Museum Athens Private Guided Tour2019-03-21T10:42:06+02:00
Join our National Archaeological Museum Tour and, visit one of the must-see spots in Athens. Enjoy a private tour with your personal licensed guide and learn everything about the amazing artifacts. Above all, the National Archaeological Museum houses some of the most important findings in Greece. They are from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. Most importantly, you will see the mask of Agamemnon. Also, you will admire the famous statue of either Zeus holding the thunderbolt or Poseidon carrying his trident.
National Archaeological Museum Tour Safty Precautions:
- Use of protective masks by our staff at all times.
- Contactless procedures wherever possible.
- Regarding transfer services, please note that all vehicles are being sanitized daily and our drivers keep all required safety measures and protocols.
Cycladic art collection
Room 6 exhibits the Collection of Cycladic Antiquities of the National Archaeological Museum that includes unique finds of all periods of the Cycladic civilization. See unique artifacts from several in Greece. Sites such as Dimini and Sesclo from middle Helladic ceramics from Boeotia, Attica, and Phthiotis. Cycladic collection features the famous marble figurines from the Aegean islands. The figurines are findings of Delos and Keros including the Lutist.
The display begins with finds of the Early Cycladic period that come from the cemeteries of Paros, Antiparos, Despotiko, and Melos (Early Cycladic I period), arranged in chronological order, featuring the characteristic marble vessels (“kandiles” – votive lamps and palettes), the marble violin-shaped figurines and the incised pottery. Then follow the finds from the cemeteries of Naxos, Syros, Amorgos, and Sifnos, dated to the Early Cycladic II period mainly, with the distinctive marble figurines with folded arms and pottery embellished with impressed spirals and triangles or painted decoration.
Mycenaean art collection
Mycenaean civilization is represented by pots, figurines, ivory, glass and faience objects, golden seals, and rings. All from the vaulted tombs in Mycenae and other locations in the Peloponnese. Moreover, artifacts of great interest are the two golden cups from Vapheio showing a scene of the capture of a bull.
Room 4 introduces us to the radiance of the Mycenaean gold. The glorious Mycenaean civilization is presented in three units. Guardians and at the same time heralds of its reputation, the imposing grave stelae stand at the entrance of the exhibition. The valuable tableware and ritual vessels, the daggers with the impressed decoration, the masterful signet rings, the exotic artifacts as well as a large number of bronze weapons of the deceased rulers comprise the first unit of the exhibition. Centrally mounted are the watchful gold death masks, emblems of the first great civilization of Mainland Greece.
The second unit of the exhibition discloses the secrets of the Mycenaean palaces. In the thematically arranged display cases, visitors are acquainted with the religious life of the major centers, the palatial art of wall paintings, the production of the royal workshops, the state archives written in Linear B, the international relations, and the overseas trade of the great centers of the Peloponnese. The “Warrior Stele” and the “Warrior Vase” in the center praise the military preparedness of the acropolises, whereas the exquisite “Ivory Triad” is revealing of the charm of the peaceful religious life.
Heinrich Schliemann findings
Also, the Mycenaean collection includes the magnificent 19th-century finds of Heinrich Schliemann in Mycenae. Most importantly, you will see the golden funerary masks. The most famous is the one that was named as the mask of Agamemnon.
National Archaeological Museum Tour The Thera Room
The Thera Room draws the attention of visitors mainly through the celebrated wall paintings, the “Spring Fresco” with the sparrows and the lilies, the “Boxing Children Fresco” and the “Antelope Fresco”. The superb prochoi with the figurative representations of lions, dolphins, and birds have been inspired by the monumental painting. The devastation of the settlement caused by the volcanic eruption preserved for eternity unique pieces of evidence, such as the imprints of the wooden bed that can de discern on its plaster cast and also traces of the ropes that fixed the mattress on it. The amphorae inscribed with the Minoan Linear A script and the lead weights of the metric system of Minoan Crete provide information, among others, on the trade relations, but also the administrative structure of the settlement, whereas the tripod cooking pots made of clay or the base of a clay vase filled with snails offer a glimpse into the kitchen of the Theran woman.
National Archaeological Museum Tour Highlights
- Antikythera mechanism
- Mask of Agamemnon
- Poseidon of Cape Artemision
- Wall frescoes from Tiryns and Santorini
Hotel Pick up and drop off can be arranged with an extra cost.
- Cancellation at least 72 hours before the scheduled Programme 100% refund.
- Between 72 and 48 hours before the booking date: 50% refund
- Cancellation 48 hours before booking/no show: No refund
- Private 3-hour walking tour of the National Archaeological Museum
- Stroll through the National Archaeological Museum, the largest archaeological exhibition in Greece
- Learn about Greek civilization from the Stone Age through to the Hellenistic period
- This private tour ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide