Traveling to Greece is full of exciting and wonderful cultural experiences, from the authentic Greek cuisine to the lovely islands, music, and dancing. Museums are not everyone's cup of tea, but you may be pleasantly surprised by some of the Greek historical institutions. Ever considered popping into a few of the national museums? Here are a few which may just change your mind.
The Acropolis Museum is located opposite Acropolis Hill in Athens, where the old museum stands empty today. There are some impressive exhibits to be found here, with each floor housing different pieces of our Greek history. The third floor has original fragments from the Parthenon frieze, as well as copies of those which are displayed in a British Museum. The remaining floors host excavations from Acropolis Hill and nearby areas. The displays throughout the museum are in a beautiful architectural setting, with natural light and glass floors to provide a pleasurable viewing experience. The museum is built on the site of an ancient town, the remains of which are open to the public in the museum yard.
The Archaeological Museum of Olympia has a host of Greek archaeological displays well worth seeing. The statue of 'Hermes of Praxiteles' and 'Nike of Paeonius' from the temple of Olympian Zeus are both impressive exhibits from our archaeological sites. This museum is probably the most popular of all the Greek museums, so try and pay a visit if you can.
Right beside the ancient site of Delphi is another, the Delphi Archaeological Museum. You'll be able to see a model of what Delphi once looked like, which stands at the entrance of the building and is fascinating to see as you enter the museum. The various parts of the museum house all sorts of items, including jewelry, coins, and beautiful vases. There are many of our ancient Greek statues on display in the Museum, the Sphinx of Naxos, being one of the archeological marvels, as well as statues of 'Kouros' and the 'Charioteer of Delphi.'
If you happen to be in Corfu, and you have some free time, you will enjoy the Palace of Achilleion. It is a lovely, quiet walk through the building, which has many rooms to view. On the ground floor, you can take a walk through the chapel, study rooms, and several bedrooms, all of which are beautifully furnished. The palace garden is intriguing and filled with Greek statues and it makes for some great photo opportunities in a fairytale setting along the patio lined with Greek muses and goddesses.
The Meteora Museum of Natural History is suitable for the kids, displaying interesting, educational exhibits of birds, mammals and plants. The exhibits all represent species from the Rocks of Meteora and surrounding areas. The 'Mushroom Collection' is fabulous and filled with different species of fungi of varying shapes and colors. The Museum is located in the center of Kalambaka and is quite easily accessible.