12 Panepistimiou St., Athens 10671, Greece. Tel: 210-364-3774.
Daily except Monday, 8am-2:30pm Fee 6 Euro.
Housed in the palatial mansion of father of modern archeology, German born, Heinrich Schliemann, discoveror of Troy, the Numismatic Museum is one of the 5 most important of its kind in the world. It has over 600,000 coins in its collection.
The mansion itself is worthy of the cost of admission. Constructed between 1870 and 1881 by Ernst Ziller for Schliemann, the Iliou Melathron or Palace of Ilion was built in a renaissance style with neo-classical elements by imported specialists from Italy. Floor mosaics, frescoes and many other archetectural details make this an outstanding building. Its collection of ancient coins is unique. Below is the main entrance.