Numismatic Museum in Athens
The Numismatic Museum of Athens, Greece: The Numismatic Museum of Athens, originally founded in 1829, is quite unique for its kind, with a collection of more than 60,000 rare coins, dating from the period of Greek antiquity, the Roman and Byzantine era, the Middle Ages of Western Europe and up to Modern times.
The Numismatic Museum is housed in a 19th-century Neoclassical building called Iliou Melathron (which means the Palace of Ilion), designed by the famous German architect Ernst Ziller. This building used to be the home of the renowned archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, who discovered the ancient city of Troy and proved that the poems of Homer are true. The permanent exhibition of the museum is displayed on the first floor of the building while the second floor hosts additional exhibitions.
Furthermore, the museum provides some other facilities, including a conservation laboratory, an extensive library of about 12,000 volumes, a hall for temporary exhibitions and a gift shop. As a special department of the Ministry of Culture, the museum is also involved in the publication of books and papers as well as in the organization of scientific conferences.
Address: Panepistimiou av, 12
Phone: (+30) 210 36 43 774