Museum of Cycladic Art

Museum of Cycladic Art

The Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, inaugurated in 1986, features a 5,000-year-old art work collection from the Cyclades Islands. It also displays countless pieces of art from Cyprus and Ancient Greece.

Exhibitions

The museum houses a collection of over 3,000 works of art from the Cyclades, Cyprus and Ancient Greece.  These evidence the various cultures that bloomed from the fourth century BC till the sixth century AD in the Aegean Sea islands and East Mediterranean.

The museum has four floors where the items are displayed by themes:

  • Cycladic culture: The museum’s first floor features over 350 sculptures, vessels and figurines made of stone, marble, metal, bronze and clay. These objects are characteristic of Cycladic culture from the Early Bronze Age.
  • Ancient Greek Art: The second-floor and fourth floor house nearly 400 artefacts dating between 2000 BC and the fourth century AD. All the pieces of art, including weapons, jewelry, vases, glass-made objects are from central Aegean and represent the spreading of Classical culture in the islands.
  • Cypriot Art: The third floor is dedicated to the relics found in Cyprus dating from the Chalcolithic to the Modern periods. It has over 500 objects made of stone, gold, silver, bronze, clay and marble.
  • Scenes of daily life during Ancient times: The fourth floor displays 142 objects from the Antiquity. They are all labelled with an explanation of what each item was used for. Visitors will get a good idea of how daily life was for the Ancient Greeks.

Extremely worthwhile

The Museum of Cycladic Art is not one of the best-known museums in Athens, yet it is one of the most interesting. The exhibitions are highly valuable and contain varied objects, all of which are displayed with comprehensive texts, making the visit even more fascinating.  

Schedule

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays: 10am - 5pm. 
Thursdays: 10am - 8pm.
Sundays: 11am - 5pm.
Tuesdays: closed.

Price

Adults: 7€
Students and seniors over 65: 3,50€
Mondays: 3,50€
Youth under 18: free entrance. 

Transport

Metro: Evangelismos, line 3; Syntagma, lines 2 and 3.
Bus: Rigillis lines A5, E6, E7, X14, O54, 200, 203, 204, 220, 221, 224, 235, 408, 608, 622, 732 and 815.