My flight out of Athens on my day of departure was not until 7 pm, thanks to my budget-conscious travel planning. This meant that I had pretty much a whole morning and afternoon to further explore the city, and there was one obvious place to go: the National Archaeological Museum, which contains some of the most famous and magnificent artifacts of Greek history.
The museum itself has a pretty significant history. The first national archaeological museum was opened in 1829, though apparently the collection traveled between exhibition locations until the current building was planned in 1858 and constructed in 1889. During World War II, the museum was closed and the collection was boxed and buried to prevent it from being looted; it reopened in 1945. The museum was closed for a complete refurbishment around 2002 and remained so for 1.5 years; it opened in time for the 2004 Athens Olympics.
I took soooooooo many photos while at the museum. For all of our sakes, I’ll try and restrict this post to some of the coolest and most interesting things that I saw, though that will be hard!