National Archaeological Museum, Athens
Perhaps the second most important venue for diligent tourists (after the Acropolis), the recently renovated mammoth museum has the amazing Greek collection you’d expect, from Neolithic clay figurines to the treasures unearthed at Mycenae to the crowd-pleasing prehistoric antelope fresco from Santorini. Its Egyptian collection is one of the world’s best, spanning the 5th century B.C. to the Byzantine era. A visit here is like a walk through the first section of your art history textbook. For extra credit, you can practice your Linear B penmanship.
- Free entrance:
- visitors under 19 years old,
- students from E.U. countries,
- admission card holders (Free Entrance Card, Culture Card, ICOM, ICOMOS)