On Saturday morning, we made our way to the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, the largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art.
We spent the first hour on a tour with Dr. Thodoris Koutsogiannis, the Chief Curator of a temporary exhibition, entitled, “A dream among splendid ruins…” This exhibit displays the records of travelers passing through Athens from the 17th to 19th century. This exhibition was particularly interesting as it highlighted the different historical, political, and artistic representations of travelers from many countries, including France and England. This exhibition is also significant as it demonstrates the connection between people traveling to and through Athens to the rise in the study of classical antiquity and the systematization of archaeological research. After the tour, we were able to explore the rest of the museum, which includes findings from Mycenaean tombs as well as Cycladic, Archaic, and Classical art.
After our visit at the museum, we enjoyed lunch in the nearby neighborhood of Exarcheia, followed by a stroll through the Dimotiki Agora, Monastiraki, and ended the day in a cafe enjoying a view of the Parthenon.