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Athens Museums
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Athens Museums

The new Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum that offers a walk through history by housing the most famous works of classical antiquity. It has a total area of 25.000 sq. meters and nearly 4.000 objects are exhibited over an area of 14.000 sq. meters.

For the first time ever all the surviving treasures of the Acropolis will be seen together in one place. Works currently held in storage, in other Athenian museums and museum abroad will be brought together within the one museum close to their original location. Five collections-namely the finds from the slopes of the Acropolis, works from the archaic period, the classical Acropolis, the post-Parthenon and the roman period- comprise the Museums’ exhibition program. A sixth major exhibit is the remains of the ancient Athenian city revealed by archaeological excavations on the site of the Museum. 

The new Acropolis Museum is located in the historical area of Makriyianni, south east of the Rock of the Acropolis. Only 3.000 meters from the Acropolis and approximately 2 kilometers from Syntagma, Athens main city square and public transport hub, the Museum is directly linked to the Athens Metro by the Acropolis Station, located on the eastern border of the Museum.
Public entrance at Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. Entrance for groups at Mitseon Street.
Tuesday to Sunday: 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. , Monday: Closed.
Last admission: 7.30 p.m.
Galleries cleared at 7.45 p.m.
Closed: Every Monday
General admission fee: 5 euro.
Free admission for visitors exempted from fee by Greek legislation.  
Tel.: +30 210 9000900
Tickets from the Ticket desk
Tickets are available daily from the Museum Ticket Desk. 
Tickets via the e-ticketing service
Visitors are also able to gain admission to the Museum with the pre purchase of an e-ticket on the Museum website. Tickets are valid only for the specific time-slot chosen. Tickets bought via e-ticketing can be collected from the Ticket Desk or from the Museum Self-Service Ticketing Kiosks at the Museum entrance. Visitors are able to collect their tickets at the Museum, at the time of their planned visit. Visitors are also welcome to collect their tickets from the Museum earlier, on a previous day. Visitors are reminded that the Museum is closed every Monday.


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View from the interior of the Museum

The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece and one of the world's great museums. Although its original purpose was to secure all the finds from the nineteenth century excavations in and around Athens, it gradually became the central National Archaeological Museum and was enriched with finds from all over Greece. Its abundant collections, with more than 20,000 exhibits, provide a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of Prehistory to Late Antiquity.

The museum is housed in an imposing neoclassical building of the end of the nineteenth century, which was designed by        L. Lange and remodelled by Ernst Ziller. The vast exhibition space - numerous galleries on each floor accounting for a total of 8,000 square metres - house five large permanent collections: The Prehistoric Collection, which includes works of the great civilizations that developed in the Aegean from the sixth millennium BC to 1050 BC (Neolithic, Cycladic, Mycenaean), and finds from the prehistoric settlement at Thera. The Sculptures Collection, which shows the development of ancient Greek sculpture from the seventh to the fifth centuries BC with unique masterpieces. The Vase and Minor Objects Collection, which contains representative works of ancient Greek pottery from the eleventh century BC to the Roman period and includes the Stathatos Collection, a corpus of minor objects of all periods. The Metallurgy Collection, with many fundamental statues, figurines and minor objects. And, finally, the only Egyptian and Near Eastern Antiquities Collection in Greece, with works dating from the pre-dynastic period (5000 BC) to the Roman conquest.

The museum possesses a rich photographic archive and a library with many rare publications, the latter of which is constantly enriched to meet the needs of the research staff. There are also modern conservation laboratories for metal, pottery, stone and organic materials, a cast workshop, a photographic laboratory and a chemistry laboratory. The museum has temporary exhibition spaces, a lecture hall for archaeological lectures and one of the largest shops of the Archaeological Receipts Fund.

The National Archaeological Museum welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Besides displaying its own treasures, it organizes temporary exhibitions and lends artefacts to exhibitions both in Greece and abroad. It also functions as a research center for scientists and scholars from around the world and participates in special educational and other programs.

Address: 44 Patission Street, Athens
Tel.: +30 210 8217724, 8217717 
Admission :  € 7
Opening Hours:
Monday: 13.30 – 20.00
Tuesday to Sunday: 08.00 – 20.00




An extensive and unique private collection of prehistoric art from the Cycladic islands, the ancient Greek and the Byzantine art.
Address: 4 Neofytou Douka Street, Kolonaki   , Tel.: +30 210 7228321
Standard Entrance Fee : € 7
Opening Hours:
Monday – Wednesday – Friday - Saturday: 10:00-17:00
Thursday:   10:00-20:00
Sunday:    11:00-17:00
Tuesday: closed


Main Building


The Benakion Museum was founded in 1930 by Antonis Benakis (1873-1954), member of a pre-eminent Greek family from Alexandria, who made an invaluable contribution to the political, social and cultural life of Greece.


Exhibits cover the whole range from the Neolithic Age to the twentieth century. Many of them are masterpieces of Greek art and are of significant importance for Greek history: from Antiquity and the Roman era to the Byzantine Age, from the Fall of Constantinople (1453), the period of Frankish rule and the Ottoman Occupation, to the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence (1821), and from the time of the formation of the Modern Greek State until the Asia Minor Catastrophe (1922).
Main Building Address: Vas. Sofias and 1 Koumpari Street, Athens
Tel.: +30 210 3671000

Standard Entrance Fee : € 6
Opening Hours:
Main Exhibition Building
Monday – Wednesday – Friday - Saturday: 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 09:00 - 24:00
Sunday:   09:00 -15:00
Tuesday:  closed

Pireos St. Annexe
The atrium, a basic feature of the building. 
Address: 138 Pireos & Andronikou Street
Tel.: +30 210 3453111
Standard Entrance Fee: € 4 - € 6 (depends on the exhibits)
Opening Hours:
Wednesday – Thursday - Sunday:  10.00 – 18.00
Friday - Saturday:   10.00 – 22.00
Monday - Tuesday : closed

Museun of Islamic Art
The Museum of Islamic ArtThe Benaki Museum collection of Islamic art, which includes examples of all its local variations from as far as India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, the Middle East, Arabia, Egypt, North Africa, Sicily and Spain, ranks among the most important in the world.

The evolution of Islamic civilisation from the first appearance of Islam up to the Ottoman period and the corresponding development of Islamic art up to the 19th century are demonstrated by more than 8,000 works of art, including ceramics, gold, metalwork, textiles and glass, smaller groupings of bone objects, inscribed funerary steles and weaponry, as well as the marble-faced interior of a reception  room from a 17th-century Cairo mansion.
Address: 22 Ag. Asomaton & 12 Dipilou Street
Tel.: +30 210 3251311
Standard Entrance Fee: € 5
Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday – Friday – Saturday - Sunday:   9:00-15:00
Wednesday:      9:00-21:00
Monday:       closed






The Museum's collections include sculpture, icons, works of arts, wall paintings, ceramics and fabrics, manuscripts, drawings and copies of Byzantine and post-Byzantine wall paintings and mosaics.
Address: 22 Vasilissis Sofias Street, Athens

Tel.: +30 210 7211027, 7232178
Standard Entrance Fee: € 4
Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Sunday:  08.00-19.30
Monday:                closed


The Old Parliament building (Palaia Voulē) at Stadiou Street in Athens, housed the Greek Parliament between 1875 and 1932. It now houses the country's National Historical Museum (Ethniko Istoriko Mouseio).
Address: 13 Stadiou Street, Athens
Tel.: +30210 3237617
Standard Entrance Fee:  € 3
Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday:        09:00 - 14:00
Monday:                        closed
Web site:


The Museum of the City of Athens (Vouros-Eutaxias Foundation) is situated at Klafthmonos Square, in two of the capital’s oldest and most beautiful buildings. The Museum’s collections of paintings, engravings, sculptures, pieces of furniture and important relics of modern Greek history present a panorama of the evolution of Athens since the Frankish domination.
Address: 5 – 7 Paparrigopoulou Street, Klafthmonos Square, Athens
Tel.: +30 210 3231397

 Standard Entrance Fee:  € 3
Opening Hours:
Monday – Wednesday – Thursday - Friday:      09.00 - 16.00
Saturday, Sunday:                                         10.00 – 15.00
Tuesday:                                                       closed


The National Art Gallery is one of Greece's main art institutions and features Greek and European paintings and works of art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Emphasis is given to popular Greek contemporary artists including Giannis Tsarouchis, Domenikos Theotokopoulos (a.k.a. El Greco), Theodoros Vrizakis, Nikolaos Kounelakis, Nikiforos Litras, Konstantinos Parthenis, Konstantinos Maleas, Giannis Moralis and others.
Address: Michalakopoulou 1 & Vas. Konstantinou 50 (opposite the Hilton Hotel)

Tel.:  +30 210 7235937-8

 Standard Entrance Fee:  € 6.50
Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 09.00 - 15.00
Sunday: 10:00 – 14:00
Tuesday: closed
Web site:


The physical visit to GNHM is a multi-dimensional experience bringing visitors in touch with the kingdom of plants and animals and introducing them in an understandable and scientifically documented way to the function of vegetable and animal world, to the interdependence and balance of ecosystems. From 1975 until today, more than 3 million visitors, 70% of which were young people, passed the gates of the Museum and visited the exhibitions it has hosted.
Address: 13 Levidou Street, Kifissia
Tel.: +30 210 8015870
Standard Entrance Fee:  € 6
Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday:                  09.00-14.30
Sundays:                                   10.00-14.30


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