The Museum of Cycladic Art in Kolonaki hosts the biggest collection of exhibits from the ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, emphasising the cycladic art of the third millennium BC, as well as extensive temporary and contemporary art exhibitions.
It was founded in 1986 with the view of housing the private collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris and nowadays is a significant cultural organisation in the centre of Athens. The Museum is comprised of two separate buildings (the Main Building and the Stathatos Mansion) and covers 3 major topics (Cycladic, Ancient Greek and Ancient Cypriot Art).
The Main Building, located at 4, Neofytou Douka Street, was built in 1985 by architect Ioannis Vikelas to house the permanent collections and has 4 floors. It is connected to the Stathatos Mansion (2nd building) from the cafe on the ground floor. The first floor of the Main Building is dedicated to Cycladic Culture, the second to Ancient Greek Art, the third to Cypriot Culture and the fourth showcases the permanent exhibition, “Scenes from daily life in antiquity”.
The Stathatos Mansion hosts the temporary exhibitions of the museum (Vasilissis Sophias Avenue and Herodotou Street), and is the work of renowned architect Ernst Ziller. It is a great example of neoclassical architecture.