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The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is the largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art. It was founded at the end of the 19th century to house and protect antiquities from all over Greece, thus displaying their historical, cultural and artistic value.
In its galleries can be traced the long evolution of ancient Greek culture. The Museum’s Collections –Prehistoric, Sculpture, Vases and the Minor Arts, Bronze, and Egyptian Antiquities– are amongst the most comprehensive in the world. The Prehistoric Collection consists of unique works of art representing the major civilisations that flourished in the Aegean. It includes objects from the Neolithic period and the Bronze Age, from mainland Greece, the Aegean islands and Troy. The most important exhibits are the treasures from the royal tombs at Mycenae, the famous Cycladic marble figurines, and the superbly preserved wall-paintings from Thera with their large-scale compositions.
The Sculpture Collection presents the development of ancient Greek sculpture. The sculptures comprising it, many of which are masterpieces and landmarks in the history of art, come from Athens and other parts of Greece –Thessaly, central Greece, Peloponnese, Crete, and the Aegean islands. The Collection contains some of the largest groups of original sculptures in the world.