Museums in Athens are landmarks for the city and points of attractions for visitors and locals. The choice is wide and the subject varied, from archeology and history to art, jewelry and more. Most are in the center of the city and easily accessible, whilst most archeological sites have their own museum close by, specializing in the local finds. Sightseeing in Athens would definitely include visits to one or more museums, depending on how much time is available and also on personal preferences. The Acropolis Museum is a must see, where inside the modern exterior visitors can discover the ancient aesthetic wisdom of the Acropolis and feel the atmosphere of ancient Athens. The three Benaki museums are also of great interest , each specializing in certain subjects and each with its own unique personality. The museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus with Cycladic Art as the focus. The National Archeological Museum, the largest museum in Greece, offers a panoramic experience of Greek civilization from prehistory to late antiquity. The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum is a unique cultural institution and the first jewelry museum in Greece promoting the art of jewelry internationally. The collections of the Byzantine and Christian museum include icons, sculptures, manuscripts from the Byzantine and later periods. The Goulandris Natural History Museum in Kifissia is especially attractive for kids, the Archeological Museum of Piraeus hosts interesting findings from the specific area, the Numismatic Museum is all about coins, seals, medals and currency from ancient times, the National Historical Museum is the place to visit if you are interested in recent Greek history.
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