New installations highlight the traditions of this ancient culture.
The Museum of Cycladic Art Bookstore
The Cycladic Art Museum opened in 1986 in the heart of Athens, the Greek capital. It houses one of the world’s most important art collections of the Cycladic period. Recently, the museum added a coffee shop and a boutique where visitors can purchase gifts that bring to life the traditions and aesthetics of this ancient culture from a contemporary and exquisite perspective.
The Cycladic culture flourished in the islands of the central Aegean during the Early Bronze Age (around the 3rd millennium BC). Their advantageous geographical position—between Asia and Europe— allowed the local cultures to absorb all kinds of influences from sailors that passed through their territory on their transcontinental trips. This contact with foreign traditions made possible the birth of a very productive society, which is famous today for their beautiful jewelry and sculptures carved in white marble.
Most of the archeological remains of this culture dating from the Copper Age and the Bronze Age are housed in the Cycladic Art Museum, which hosts the largest collection in the world (after the National Archaeological Museum) of sculptures, tools, jewelry and relics of that civilization.
Above: Coffee Shop
Below: Cycladic jewelry and sculpture