4 Neophytou Douka
(off Vassilissis Sophias Avenue)
106 74 Athens, Greece
tel: +30 210 722 8321
fax: +30 210 723 9382
Mon and Wed-Fri 10am-4pm; Sat 10am-3pm
NileGuide Expert tip:
Here you have two in one. View the main museum's rich collection and then walk through a tunnel into a neoclassical mansion to view temporary exhibits. In the middle is a quaint courtyard café.
The Nicholas P. Goulandris Foundation private museum houses a remarkable collection of objects dating back to the 3rd millennium. Among this collection which features art from ancient Greece, the Cycladic culture and Cyprus, what will imprint in the visitor's mind are the white marble Cycladic figurines and vessels. Of interest is also a permanent exhibition "Scenes from daily life in antiquity". An additional highlight are the temporary exhibitions in the Stathatos Mansion (Vasilissis Sophias Ave and 1 Irodotou St.), accessible via an internal passage way between the buildings. Don't miss touring this beautiful building, an outstanding example of 19th century Neoclassical architecture. In addition there are activities for children and museum reproductions at the museum shop. Exit the museum and head up into Kolonaki for a coffee or lunch. The closets metro stop is Evangelismos. Other museums in the vicinity are the Benaki Museum, National Gallery-Alexandros Soutzos Museum, War Museum and Byzantine Museum. If you want to escape the concrete and asphalt spent some time in the National Gardens.