THE PREMISES | Main Building

The Main Building, at 4 Neophytou Douka str., was built in 1985 by the architect Ioannis Vikelas to house the permanent collections of the MCA.

Ιts façade combines marble and glass, conveying the sense of austerity and the diffusion of refracted light that predominate in the Cycladic landscape. The interior is distinguished by simple lines and a modern aesthetic, as well as the use of materials encountered in the Cyclades, such as marble and granite. The builidng has 4 floors with galleries, occupying in total approximately 2,300 sq. m., storerooms, workshops, and offices.

From the entrance, the visitor can approach the museum shop (extending into the basement) and the atrium, where the museum cafe is situated. From the atrium, a corridor leads to the Stathatos Mansion. On the ground floor, the visitor comes across introductory wall texts with useful information about Cycladic art.


Permanent Collections Building

  • Ground floor
    New wing

    Next to the main entrance, the visitor can approach the New Wing of the MCA. The New Wing, which opened to the public in late 2005. It houses the Department of Educational Programmes and several educational activities; it provides a space for lectures and seminars; it houses temporary exhibitions.

  • 1st floor
    Cycladic Art

    The Cycladic Collection (3200-2000 BC) has been designed by Elroy Quenroe and Gordon Anson in collaboration with the architect Ioannis Vikelas. The three specialists co-operated successfully to transform a private collection into an exhibition of international status, under the scholarly supervision of Prof. Christos Doumas. The background colour used for the Cycladic antiquities is blue, the colour of the sea.

  • 2nd floor
    Ancient Greek Art: A History in Images

    The Collection of Ancient Greek Art covers the period between 2000 BC and 4th c. AD. The initial installation was executed under the supervision of Prof. Lila Marangou. Recently, a major re-installation has taken place. The new exhibition, which has been curated by Dr Nikolas Papadimitriou and designed by the architects Anestei Parisi and Andromachi Skourogianni, offers a fresh look into the world of the ancient Greeks, in a new museographic environment with several interactive applications.

  • 3rd floor
    Cypriot Art

    The collection presents the ancient history of Cyprus from the 4th millennium BC to the early Byzantine period. It has been donated to the MCA by the Cypriot collector Thanos N. Zintilis. The exhibition has been designed by Boris Micka under the supervision of Prof. Nicholas Stampolidis and the Curator Maria Tolis.

  • 4th floor
    Scenes from Daily Life in Antiquity

    A thematic exhibition focusing on various aspects of public and private life in antiquity (politics, cult, burial practices, male and female activities, etc.). Ancient artifacts are ingeniously combined with high quality graphics and videos in order to produce a modern presentation. It has been designed by the architect Boris Micka under the scholarly supervision of Prof. Nicholas Stampolidis and the Curator Yorgos Tassoulas.

  • 5th floor

    The Auditorium on the fifth floor, fully furnished with the latest audiovisual equipment, can host up to 120 pax and is used for lectures, press conferences, presentations, seminars, and conferences.

  • Cafe
    Cycladic Café

    The main building also houses the Café of the museum, which is located at the small atrium of the ground floor. Following their tour in the permanent collections and the temporary exhibitions, visitors can relax here and enjoy a café, a refreshment, or even a light meal.

  • Shop
    Cycladic Art Shop

    Discover the world's widest range of iconic Cycladic figurine reproductions. For that special gift fit for a goddess, explore our selection of Ancient Greek jewelry replicas or stunning designer jewelry inspired by the past.

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