Numismatic Museum

Museum in Kolonaki

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The collection of coins here, dating from ancient times through to the Middle Ages, is excellent, but of more general interest is the dazzling 1881 mansion in which it's housed. Built by architect Ernst Ziller, it was the home of Heinrich Schliemann, the archaeologist who excavated Troy, and, fittingly, its mosaic floors and painted walls and ceilings are covered in classical motifs. The adjoining gardens have an excellent cafe.