National Archaeological Museum ranks among the top
ten museums in the world. Its impressive
collection is housed in a beautiful neoclassic
building near the juncture of Alexandras Avenue on
Patission Avenue. There is a gift shop, and a cafe
in the sculpture garden. Children under 6 and EU
students get in free.
The museum is
a five minute walk from Victoria Station and a 10
minute walk from Omonia. The Trolly #'s
1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,11,13, and 15 all stop
ell not exactly at the museum. They actually stop by Tositsa Street and you have to walk past a bunch of drug addicts to get there but they probably won't bother you. They have their own problems. If the only day you can come is Sunday don't bother. Only 8 of the 64 galleries are open due to a shortage of funds, and you still have to pay the same price.
The Acropolis Museum
The new Acropolis Museum was designed to offer the best conditions for the exhibition of its exhibits. A walk
through its galleries is a walk through history between the masterpieces of
the Archaic and Classical periods, but also in the ancient neighborhoods of
Athens whose city streets and buildings you can see below when you look through the glass floors of the museum. It was hoped that by building the Acropolis Museum, the British Museum would return the Elgin Marbles, but don't hold your breath. In the meantime there are copies of those pieces to go along with the thousands of ancient stones and statues that finally have a home, worthy of them. Don't miss this museum.
General admission fee: 5 euros.
Reduced admission fee: 3 euros.
(Ask if you are entitled to free admission. You have to be a member of parliament, student from an EU country, a child under 5 and a few other types. If you are not allowed to get in free you may be able to get in for the reduced admission if you are a student from a non EU country or a senior citizen from an EU country).
Tuesday to Sunday: 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Last admission: 7.30 p.m.
Galleries cleared at 7.45 p.m.
The Museum is open every Friday until 10 p.m.
Closed: 1 January, 25 March, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 25 December and 26 December.
To get here by metro just get off at the Acropolis stop on the red line. If you are walking it is right down from Dionysiou Areopagitou where it intersects with Makrianni Street on the south side of the Acropolis.
Vassilisis Sofias and 1 Koumbari street (between Kolonaki Square and the National Gardens).
The opening hours are:
Weds - Friday - Saturday: 9.00 - 17.00
Monday and Tuesday closed
Thursday: 9.00 - 22.00
Sunday: 9.00 - 15.00
Though the National Archaeology Museum gets all the press, in my opinion it is the Benaki which is the best museum in Athens and certainly the most important in terms of the history of both ancient and modern Greece as well as art and culture. I would also suggest that it is every Greek-American, Greek-Canadian, Greek-Australian and anyone who is of Greek origin or has an interest in Greece to visit the Benaki for a better understanding of the country which is modern Greece. Starting
at the bottom floor with the ancient stuff
and going up through the various periods of Greek
history, my favorite part is the third floor and the
heroes of the Greek Revolution and the birth of the
modern state of Hellas. Just walk up Vass
Sophias from Syntagma with the National Gardens on
your right. Then you reach the end of the Gardens look
to your left and that is it. The Benaki has opened two more
branches in the area around Psiri on Agios Asamaton Street and on
Pireaos Street. They also have an excellent gift shop with historic prints, many of which are on display in my home in North Carolina.
Herakleidon Museum of Art
16 Herakleidon St., Thissio
Tel.: 210 34 61 981
Fax: 210 34 58 225
Mr. Paul Firos and his wife Anna-Belinda, collectors and art lovers, were inspired to create this new private museum by their love of neoclassic buildings and their commitment to preserve such buildings. This is combined with their desire to share with others their enthusiasm for the fine arts and thus contribute to the artistic life of Athens. See Herakleidon Museum of Art
The Hellenic Motor Museum
These cars are the collection of Theodore N. Charagionis and they are on display in a beautiful modern building just a couple blocks from the National Archaeological Museum. I may be criticized for saying this but if I had to choose one museum to visit this would be it. But after 45 years of looking at ancient artifacts I may be a bit jaded.
The Museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 9pm and on Sunday from 11 to 6pm. The building that houses the museum, the “Athenian Capitol” complex, is a multi-activity center for the Athenian “future”, that combines retail, culture and leisure and is located strategically between the National Archaeological Museum and Victoria Station. The address is 3rd September, 33-35 Iouliannou & Patission Streets. If you are coming from the ArchaeologyMuseum turn to your right and walk down Patission Ave for 2 blocks and turn left on Iouliannou. If you are coming from the Victoria metro station, with the square behind you go right on 3rd of September Street and walk 4 short blocks. See Hellenic Motor Museum
Museum of Cycladic Art
4 Neofytou Douka
Tel 722-8321 or
The 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.
Monday - Wednesday - Friday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 20:00
Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00
On Sunday May 6th, the Museum will remain closed due to the elections.
Public Holidays (museum is closed): 1 January, Easter, Easter Monday, Spirit Monday, 1 May, 25 December, 26 December, Shrove Monday, 25 March, 15 August.
cemetery of Athens at the bottom of Ermou past the
Monastiraki flea market has a nice little museum.
The site itself though off the beaten path is one
of my favorites. Lots of pottery and
Greek Folk Art
17 Kydatheneon St
wood carvings, jewelery, and other traditional
folk art. The museums not-to-be-missed collection
of ceramics is housed in a beautifully renovated
former mosque at 1 Areos Street on Monastiriki
Square. Open daily except Mondays from 10am to
39 Nikis street
at Kydatheneon in the Plaka
Nazi occupation and the decimation of Greece's
Jewish population, many of Greece's Jewish
communities traced their roots back to the Spanish
Inquisition and before to Classical Greece. Art
and artifacts from Jewish communities through the
ages, as well as documentation of the Holocaust
makes this museum a cultural treasure. This museum
was the creation of my 9th grade history teacher
Nikos Stavrolakis. Opening hours: Daily 9.00-2.30,
except Saturdays and Sundays 10.00-2.00
of the Jews in Greece
Konstandinou street (opposite the Hilton)
collection of modern Greek painters and
international contempory artists includes
large-scale sculptures. Open daily from 9am to
3pm. Open Sunday from 10am to 2pm. Closed
Municipal Gallery of Athens
Corner of Myllerou and Leonidou St (Avdi Square)
The Municipal Gallery of Athens is houses a rich collection of nearly 3,000 works from leading 19th- and 20th-century Greek artists. Its current building was designed in the early 19th century by prominent architect Hans Christian Hansen and is one of the oldest neo-classical buildings in Athens.
The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 21:00 (10am-2pm and 5-9pm), on Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00 (10am-2pm), and closed Monday. Admission is free.
13 Stadiou street (in the old Parliament
This museum is
perfect for those interested in the Greek War of
Independence and it's artifacts. Open daily from
9am to 1:30pm. Closed Mondays. Free on