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The 5 museums in Greece that must be visited

While planning a trip to Greece, it is impossible not to stubble upon a number of museums and archaeological sites that will catch your eye and will soon be a part of your itinerary. No matter if you’re about to hop from one Cycladic island to another, or if you’re going on a road trip to explore the mainland along with the Peloponnese, you will want to make some time for these museums. Step into the rich past of Greece and uncover its culture and learn about its customs along with your guide who will help you solve all the mysteries around the myths in a fun and interactive way. The Acropolis Museum, Athens The New Acropolis Museum accentuates in the most prominent way possible the exclusive world of Ancient Greece. Take your time to appreciate the incalculable artifacts that were discovered on the sacred rock of the Acropolis. The objects of great value that were found are dating back from the Mycenaean period (1600 – 1100 BC) up to the early Christian times. The remarkable building is home to an impressive gallery of statues with glass walls allowing the visitors to cherish the exhibits in natural light. The Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Santorini An island that is especially known for its white washed villages and of course everyone is trying to get a glimpse of its famous Caldera Sunset View. However, this island has more to offer than Instagrammable-photos. The Museum of Prehistoric Thera, has wall paintings and unique everyday objects from the Neolithic and Cycladic periods as well as various finds excavated from the Minoan settlement of Akrotiri and Potamos. The Archaeological Museum of Delphi One of Greece’s most important and famous archaeological sites and as it is home to Ancient Greece’s most renowned oracle. A rare collection of statues and sculptures are displayed in the sanctuary giving life to the plentiful stories and myths that took place there. The Museum of Modern Greek Arts, Rhodes A different type of museum on the majestic island of Rhodes. For those who are overwhelmed by the ancient history of Greece and who have a deep love for the arts, this museum is a breath of fresh air. It demonstrates a small collection of paintings, sculptures, engravings and prints by Greek 19th and 20th century artists. The Archeological Museum of Olympia On the sacred land of Olympia, the idea of the Ancient Olympic Games was conceived. Inside the Archaeological Museum of Olympia one can only imagine the priceless objects that are shown in this fascinating museum. The exhibitions are truly incredible and they include the marvelous Hermes of Praxiteles as well as many of the sculptures that were excavated from the archaeological site including the stunning Temple of Zeus’ metopes. George Koletsos is Co-Founder of Kudos Life Experiences. Kudos Life Experiences is a custom-designed private travel specialist to Greece, for the discerning and sophisticated traveler who is seeking to return to the authentic form of personal discovery and explore really life-enriching travel experiences. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

George Koletsos

George Koletsos is the Founder and CEO of Kudos Life Experiences. Kudos Life Experiences is a bespoke luxury travel specialist, delivering life-enriching journeys that can deeply touch the soul of the sophisticated traveller, through a selective offer of authentic experiences that most people are unaware they could discover. In doing so, we create and deliver unique travel stories, we uncover and provide handpicked accommodation, and we are proud of our insiders extraordinary service, always preserving the highest standards of privacy and execution that set us apart. Prior to Kudos, George has served as the Secretary General of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO).

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  1. My brother raved about the Acropolis Museum when he went to Greece a couple of years ago. I’d quite like to check out the outdoorsy ruins at the Archaeological Museum of Delphi, reminds me a little of the mysterious vibe of Stonehenge but more impressive. I’m pretty sure my brother also went to the museum of Olympia, but I can’t remember. It might have been where he said he couldn’t take pictures there. I’m pretty sure it was in Greece where there was one museum in particular where he was sorely disappointed because there were so many interesting and unusual things that he wanted to photograph. It actually could have been Rome, I get his trips mixed up! I’m a big fan of visiting museums and learning more about the history, culture and myths whenever I go somewhere so it’s good to know there’s no short supply of places to check out in Greece.

  2. You mention the Museum of Modern Greek Arts and say that it contains works from the 19th and 20th centuries but does it contain any really contemporary work? Are there any highly contemporary galleries in Greece that display 21st century exhibits?

    I often like to visit very contemporary galleries as they give an impression of what artists feel needs to be expressed and discussed at the moment.

  3. There’s actually The National Gallery of Contemporary Art in Athens. It closed for a while some years ago then reopened a couple of years ago. I’m pretty sure the focus in on more modern, 21st Century pieces of various modes, like audio visual, sculptures, paintings and such.

  4. I’m usually quite reluctant to spend time indoors when I travel as I spend the rest of the year in an office. Even though the Greek climate is so beautiful when I visited Greece I felt that I had to visit some of the museums as the country has such an astounding history of civilisation and art and history. Olympia, as the birthplace of the Olympics, was very special.

  5. It’s all rather a long time ago now but I remember spending a happy term early in secondary school studying Greek myths. Obviously, I remember very little of them now. Since then I have had some great holidays in the Greek islands, next time I ought to take in some of the museums and brush up on my myths. Back then I loved all the stories, it’s just a pity that I’ve forgotten them. Refreshing up on my Greek mythology would be a good focus to a holiday.

  6. Really hoping to get to Greece this summer. Although we will need some chill-out time we like to schedule some culture too so this is a very useful post.

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