- Acropolis Museum (Athens): Athens' newest high-profile museum is also its most stunning. This impressive five-story building handsomely displays the riches that adorned the Acropolis in its heyday: stunning sculptures, statues, free-standing objects, and 36 of the original 115 frieze panels that remain in Greece. On the lower levels, visitors can peer through glass panels at the ongoing excavations of an ancient Athenian neighborhood and an early Christian settlement.
- National Archaeological Museum (Athens): This stunning collection has it all: superb red- and black-figured vases, bronze statues, Mycenaean gold, marble reliefs of gods and goddesses, and the hauntingly beautiful frescoes from Akrotiri, the Minoan site on the island of Santorini.
- Museum of Popular Greek Musical Instruments (Athens): Life-size photos of musicians beside their actual instruments and recordings of traditional Greek music make this one of the country's most charming museums. On our last visit, an elderly Greek gentleman listened to some music, transcribed it, stepped into the courtyard, and played it on his own violin!
- Archaeological Museum of Iraklion (Crete): Few museums can boast of holding virtually all the important remains of a major culture. This museum can do just that with its Minoan collection, including superb frescoes from Knossos, elegant bronze and stone figurines, and exquisite gold jewelry. The museum also contains Neolithic, Archaic Greek, and Roman finds from throughout Crete.
- Archaeological Museum of Chania (Crete): Let's hear it for a truly engaging provincial museum, not one full of masterworks but rather of representative works from thousands of years, a collection that lets us see how many people experienced their different worlds. All this, in a former Italian Renaissance church that feels like and is a special place.
- Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki & Museum of Byzantine Culture (Northern Greece): These side-by-side museums showcase the art and architecture of Thessaloniki and Northern Greece from the earliest days to the Byzantine era and its legacy.
- The Bank of Piraeus has sponsored a number of absolutely superb museums (some with rather clunky names!) throughout Greece, including the Museum of Marble Crafts on Tinos; the Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil in Sparta; the Open-Air Water Power Museum in Dimitsana, Arkadia; the Rooftiles and Brickworks Museum in Volos; and the Museum of Industrial Olive Oil Production on Lesbos. Check www.piop.gr for more information on these terrific interactive and educational small museums.
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