The National Archaeological Museum in Athens houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. It is considered one of the greatest museums in the world and contains the richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide. During World War II the museum was closed and the antiquities were sealed in special protective boxes and buried, in order to avoid their destruction and looting. (Source - Wikipedia)
It was both exhilarating and exhausting working our way through the museum’s chronological displays: Neolithic, Cycladic, Mycenaean, Bronze Age, Greek, Roman, Byzantine as well as a much smaller exhibition of artifacts from Egypt.
There was so much to take in on the first floor galleries that when we realized the second floor was entirely pottery, we nearly skipped it entirely. However, we decided we’d at least try, and we managed to get through it all, albeit it without giving the exhibits the attention they deserve. There is no doubt the collection is of great value to students of ceramics and historians overall but for a casual visitor like me it was too too much to take in despite the beautiful artistry and diverse imagery depicted.
As a youngster I really enjoyed the Greek religion - we called it mythology - so seeing familiar heroic names and fantastical creatures was very entertaining.