I loved visiting Greece, and I loved the museums! Greece provides you with so many chances to experience ancient history up close and personal, whether you’re visiting sites like the Acropolis or touring ancient shopping centers.
But did you know that there are also museums in Greece that give you an in-depth look at the rich history of the country?
Here’s a list of the three best museums in Greece to visit when looking for a fun yet educational excursion!
The Byzantine Museum
The Byzantine Empire, or the Eastern Roman Empire, remains an important part of Greek history.
Although the Byzantine Empire was based in Roman conquest, it had solid roots in Greek culture with the “Byzantine Greeks” making up a significant portion of their population.
This unique cultural blend is reflected in the artwork of the period, dating back to the Middle Ages.
Located in Athens, the Byzantine Museum is the only museum in Europe dedicated entirely to Byzantine art.
The museum is home to over 25,000 exhibits featuring artwork, pottery, artifacts, and more from the period.
Every room of the museum is decorated to look like different Greek churches from the era, and you’ll be able to find luscious gardens and old-world statues.
The National Archaeological Museum
The National Archaeological Museum is the place to be if you love ancient artifacts!
This museum is widely considered one of the largest and greatest in the world and features artifacts dating anywhere from ancient times to the Byzantine Empire.
Established in 1930 by Greek art collector Antonis Benakis, the Benaki Museum hosts a wide variety of Greek, Byzantine, and even Asian artifacts.
The museum is in the Benakis family mansion and boasts tens of thousands of different artifacts, ranging from ancient relics to ancient Greek craftwork.
When vacationing in one of the most beautiful and historically rich old-world countries, it only makes sense to take the time to explore all the different artifacts and artwork on display to the public.
The next time you find yourself in the Mediterranean, be sure to check out these three museums; you never know what fun things you may discover!
Are there any other Greek museums that weren’t mentioned that you recommend visiting?
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