The Museum has operated since 1986 to house and display the private collection of antiquities of Dolly and Nikolaos Goulandris. Since then, it has expanded significantly and today holds one of the most comprehensive private collections of Cycladic art in the world, with representative specimens of the world-famous Cycladic marble figurines. The nucleus of the Museum’s Cycladic Art Collection is the marble figurines depicting naked human figures that fascinate the visitor with their simplicity and abstractness, elements that have inspired some of the 20th-century’s greatest artists, such as Konstantin Brancusi, Amedeo Modigliani, Alberto Giacometti, Barbara Hepworth, and Henry Moore.
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 Museum’s permanent collections include 3000 Cycladic, ancient Greek, and ancient Cypriot artefacts, testimonies to the civilizations that flourished in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean from the 4th millennium BC to approximately the 6th century AD. The Museum’s temporary exhibitions focus on both archaeology and modern and contemporary art, and aim to connect the public not only to antiquity but also to important 20th and 21st-century artists, by exploring the links between ancient civilizations and contemporary artistic creation. So far, it has hosted works by and exhibitions on Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Thomas Struth, Louise Bourgeois, Sarah Lucas, Ugo Rondinone, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Ai Weiwei, Cy Twombly, and George Condo, among others.
The Museum of Cycladic Art was founded in 1986 to house Nikolaos and Aikaterini (Dolly) Goulandris’s collection of Cycladic and ancient Greek art. Since then, the Museum has developed into a living cultural institution of international scope and renown, focusing on the promotion of the ancient civilizations of the Aegean and Cyprus, with particular emphasis on Cycladic art of the 3rd millennium BC.
The Museum’s mission is to promote Aegean Civilizaton (from 6000 BC) and art, including contemporary artists, locally and internationally.
Reduced Entrance Fee
Access for persons with disabilities is via a wheelchair ramp at the entrance to the Main Building, at 4 Neophytou Douka str. Access to the floors is by elevator.
The entrance to the Museum is possible by two points, the Main Building of Permanent Collections and the Stathatos Mansion. The two buildings are interconnected. The admission ticket is valid for both wings of the MCA as well as the temporary exhibitions, unless otherwise stated.