National Archaeological Museum INTRODUCTION A brief touristic guide like this one, could not give a complete picture of the museum. But we hope, that it will be useful to the visitor of the museum,...
National Archaeological Museum INTRODUCTION A brief touristic guide like this one, could not give a complete picture of the museum. But we hope, that it will be useful to the visitor of the museum, and will help him to keep in his memory some of the exhibits after leaving the place. Scientific guides, which served to us as a bibliography, are mentioned in the last page of the text. The construction of the National Archaeological Museum began in 1866 on the designs of architect Ludvig Lange and was completed in 1889, with some modification to the original designs made by Ernst Ziller, a gifted young architect. It must be taken into consideration that extensions to the original building have been made in order to give shelter to the increasing number of antiquities. After the declaration of war by Italy in 1940, the works of art exhibited in the rooms of the Museum have been lifted off their places, properly packed and buried, to be protected from the coming danger. This delicate and responsible work was done with every necessary precaution. After liberation the treasures of the Museum were unburied, restored and reexhibited. What the visitor must have in mind is that the Musevm is enriched continuously with new finds and that the arrangement of the exhibits is subject to changes. Temporary exhibitions are often taken place, as the aim is to present a complete picture of the development of ancient greek art and civilazation. The exhibits and their placing in the rooms, follows chronologically the development of art and history in ancient Greece. The dating is absolute or relative, depending on the case.