The Museum building, a protected monument in itself, was founded in 1866. Its construction was based on designs by the architects Ludwig Lange and Panagi Kalkos. The final form of its facade was the work of Ernst Ziller, who also supervised thw work until 1889, when the west wing was completed. The present building took form gradually in the 20th century with a series of additions on the east side.
The Museum's Collections were established on 1893 and with small alterations they are still valid, as follows: Prehistoric and Egyptian Antiquities, Sculpture, Vases and Minor Arts, Bronze, and Cypriot Antiquities.
The renovation of the building and the re-exhibition of its collections were conducted from 2002 to 2008. On October 1st, 2002 the Museum closed for the public for the first time since the World War II and was opend in stages from 2004. Today the National Archaeological Museum presents some 12.000 artefacts in its 8.500 sq.m. exhibitional space. The contents of the Collections of the National Archaeological Museum and the often unequal representation in these of the output of all periods and city-states in the ancient Hellenic World reflect the fate and the course of the Modern Greek state since its founding. Moreover, the policy of gathering in the National Archaeological Museum finds of excavations in Greek territory was abandoned in the post-war years, in favour of setting up local archaeological museums. Acquisitions are now principally purchases and donations. Throughout its history there have always been patriotic collectors who donated their collections to the Museum, enriching its exhibits with exquisite pieces: Ioannis Demetriou (1880), Ioannis Misthos (1889), Konstantinos Karapanos (1902), Alexandros Rostovits (1904), Gr. Empedokles (1950), Eleni Stathatou (1957), Loukas Benakis (1968), I.P. Serpieri-Vlastou (1987).
Εθνικό Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο
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