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Athens on limited time

Next September my cruise ship is only in port for about 8 hours - bummer. Not much into shopping. I visited Athens about 30 years ago; saw the Acropolis then & assume that except for shifting of scaffolding not much had changed. I’m considering using my limited time to visit the Acropolis Museum - new since last there, and sounds like I can get a good view of the Acropolis from it. And, the National Archaeological Museum. Comments/suggestions/recommendations.

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I would say either the Archaelogical museum or the Acropolis museum. They are both great but you may experience attention satiation/museum fatigue after just one.

I think the NAM is more impressive in terms of collection but you can't go wrong with either

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Yes, I saw the archaeological sites around the Acropolis, the Plaka, and the National Archaeological Museum. I recall when I saw the National Archaeological Museum thinking it needed TLC and expansion. Sounds like it got that before the Olympics and then in 2008. I recognize that the archaeological sites are impressive, but consider them “been there done that”. There are places I would like to see again: Florence & Rome; Luxor/Karnak/ Valley of the Kings; Petra; Angkor Wat area; and Mesa Verde/Chaco Canyon - but will likely settle for seeing the Acropolis from afar. I do appreciate your recommendation though and may reconsider once I’ve gone through the New Acropolis Museum. Thank you.