Τhe Museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium BC. It was founded in 1986, to house the collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris. Since then it has grown in size to accommodate new acquisitions, obtained either through direct purchases or through donations by important collectors and institutions.
The three major collections of the MCA (Cycladic Culture, Ancient Greek Art, Cypriot Culture) have been formed through generous donations by important collectors, public and private institutions, as well as anonymous donators. Today, the artifacts that once belonged to separate private collections have been integrated by the museum curators into the corresponding chronological and thematic groups, their provenance being indicated clearly in the label of each object. In addition, several of the museum galleries have been named after the most important donators (The K. Politis Gallery, The Athens Academy Gallery, The Th. N. Zintilis Gallery).