The archeological finds here demonstrate the quality of the ancient Cycladic culture, who, from 3200 BC up to 2000 BC flourished on these islands. The findings here include about 200 objects from a couple of collectors named Nicolas and Aikaterini Goulandris. The museum, as you probably understand, is named after this couple.
The Cycladic collections, the most important in the museum, mainly include stone figures, stone utensils, and ceramics from the 3rd century BC. The main features are the Cycladic statues, recognized by their white body figures and their angular faces, without eyes.
The four floors of the museum are divided by periods, and only some of the floors are dedicated to art from the Cycladic Islands. The upper floors include ancient Greek art and reliefs from the former civilizations of Cyprus.
In the museum you can see Greek Amphorae and vases, ancient and beautiful that usually include drawn figures in the colors red and black. Near them you can see cylindrical stone beads from the 4th century BC, ceramic jars from the 13th century BC, a two-neck drinking container from Cyprus from the 3rd century BC, and more.
If you will exit to the beautiful garden you will see, adjacent to the beautiful museum building the Stathatos Mansion. This building is designed in the neo-classical style at the end of the 19th century, by the famous architect Ernst Ziller. Today this is a wing in the museum, where the museum offices are located, and also hosts some temporary exhibits.
On Mondays, entrance is free to all visitors.
Souvenirs at the souvenir shop in the museum are very expensive. You can purchase imitations of Cycladic sculptures at a much lower price at souvenir shops in the Plaka district.