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Numismatic Museum

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Address: Panepistimiou 12 | In the Iliou Melathron, Athens 999-20, Greece
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Phone Number: 01-364-3774
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Interesting small museum

Visited recently as the entrance was included in a combined ticket I had for some of the larger museums, wasn't disappointed this was a very interesting museum with a wide range... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2016
Andrew R
Nantwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Visited recently as the entrance was included in a combined ticket I had for some of the larger museums, wasn't disappointed this was a very interesting museum with a wide range of coins and monies from antiquity through to modern times, well worth an hour The museum was also pretty quiet when we visited which was a pleasant chance from... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

I find old coins fascinating. And, this museum has many, many very old coins to view and learn about. Greece is called the cradle civilization; I also call it the cradle of money. The exhibits are extensive and are housed in the former home of former home of archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann. The home itself has been extremely well preserve and... More 

Thank James W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

One thorough collection of coins and coin history of Greece, located in the majestic mansion of Heinrich Schliemann. Even if coins may be boring to many, the house alone makes it worth a visit. The museum definitely deserves more recognition and more visitors!

Thank Jimi M
Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

The Nomismatic museum unique in Athens and one of the most significant of its kind in the world has accumulated over the 500000 objects coins, medals,gems dated from the 14th c BC to the present. This building a work by the architect Ernst Ziller from 1880 and stood as a reference point for the Athenian social life.

Thank Dimipsal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Very educational if you are interested Foyle ancient history through coins. Excellent artistic place

Thank Krikoravedissian
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

I had no idea when I visited that this museum is one of the world's top 10 largest numismatic collections. While I am somewhat interested in coins (but not at all close to being a collector), for me, the most interesting part was the room upstairs that had a bunch of fascinating quotes about money. That said, it is a... More 

Thank Les_Bots
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

If you're interested in ancient history or old coins, you owe it to yourself to visit this museum in Heinrich Schliemann's former mansion. I've never seen a collection of such near mint condition Ancient Greek and Roman coins. Many look as if they were just struck. You can tell fine detail of ancient portraits on hundreds of them. It's also... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

The Numismatic museum is a place of peace and contemplation amidst the hustle and bustle of a vibrant Athens. There are many unjust restraints on the ordinary citizen of this seat of democracy but this museum and garden offer a step away from this world into a world of calm. This is a must for travellers seeking spirit and inspiration... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

Numismatic museum. Coins? Surely uninteresting. Not so. Where were coins invented, what need did they meet, and, most of all, what can we learn from them? Quite a lot, it turns out. Trade routes, of course, but also the appearance of major buildings and statues that are long lost. Very cool that at some point coin makers started to produce... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016

The Numismatic Museum was established in 1834, and until it was relocated to its current position in 1998, was temporarily housed in other important buildings. The Numismatic Museum is now permanently housed at the Iliou Melathron. The imprssively decorated two-storey building, was built in 1878 -1879 and designed by the Herman architect Ernst Ziller, as the residence of the Schliemann’s... More 

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Perhaps the best place to get your bearings is Syntagma Square, crowned by the imposing Parliament building on its upper side and surrounded by other large structures, such as the exclusive Hotel Grande Bretagne. The grand avenues that lead towards Omonia are also full of massive Neoclassical edifices like the Numismatic Museum and those around smaller Platia Kolokotroni. Here you will find lots of travel agents, bookshops and fashion shops, especially on Ermou Street. Just south of Syntagma Square, you can take a breather in the lush National Gardens, which extend into the grounds of the Zappeio palace and beyond to the ancient Temple of Olympian Zeus.
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