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Museum Guide for Athens

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As you would expect of the city often dubbed as the cradle of western civilization, Athens is a cultural hot-spot, with plenty of museums to choose from. The following selection includes the unmissable heavyweights, as well as the best of the smaller ones.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Like a Local

8 Places

5 City Tips

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8 Places

Acropolis Museum

Speciality Museums

National Archaeological Museum

Art Museums, History Museums

Benaki Museum

Art Museums

Museum of Cycladic Art

Art Museums

Byzantine & Christian Museum

History Museums

Greek Folk Art Museum (Museo Ellinikis Laikis Technis)

Art Museums

Museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments

Speciality Museums

The Jewish Museum of Greece

History Museums, Speciality Museums

Nick E's City Tips

  • Most of the museums listed are within walking distance, but Athens also has a pretty efficient network of metro, buses, trolleys and trams if you want to get around quickly.
  • If you plan to do more than two journeys by public transport in one day, a daily ticket is worth it. It's valid for 24 hours on buses, trolleys, trams and the metro.
  • Almost all state-run museums are closed on Mondays, although some private museums are open daily.
  • Not all of the museums have particularly appealing cafés, if at all, but there are bound to be plenty of opportunities for snacks in the surrounding streets.
  • Tasty takeaway snacks like souvlaki and cheese or spinach pies are cheap and widely available.
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    Acropolis Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Nick E Says:

    The splendid new Acropolis Museum is beautifully designed and complements a visit to the Acropolis itself, adding more depth to your overall experience. The video shown on the top floor provides a great introduction and there is a superb collection of relics from the Acropolis on display, including the original Caryatids from the Erectheum.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Mondays but stays open until 10pm on Fridays.
    • The huge glass windows provide plenty of opportunities to view and photograph the Acropolis itself.
    • The museum is right beside the Akropoli metro station.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 345 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great! 15/08/2018
    • First rate presentation 14/08/2018
    • Acropolis Museum
    Address:
    Dionysiou Areopagitou 15
    Athens 117 42
    Greece
    Phone:
    +91 88002 37808
    Other:
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    National Archaeological Museum
    Art Museums, History Museums
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    Nick E Says:

    The huge collection housed within this splendid Neoclassical building contains some of the most important archaeological finds from all over Greece, and puts the importance of Greek culture in its full context. Highlights include the gold Mask of Agamemnon, the golden-horned bull's head, the bronze Statue of Poseidon and the Little Jockey of Artemission, as well as some Minoan frescoes from Akrotiri on Thira (Santorini).

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Unusually for Greece, the museum does open on Monday afternoons, as well as full days the rest of the week.
    • The alternative area of Exarchia (up behind the museum) is a great place to find good restaurants and bars.
    • The museum is a 5-minute walk from Omonia metro station, and is also on many trolley routes.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 345 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mask of Agamenon and more 14/08/2018
    • The most beautiful museum worldwide 14/08/2018
    • National Archaeological Museum
    Address:
    Patision 44
    Athens 106 82
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 3214 4800
    Hours:
    Mon
    1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Tue - Thu
    8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Fri
    9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
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    Benaki Museum
    Art Museums
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    Nick E Says:

    This excellent museum is not visited by the numbers it deserves, and contains an eclectic array of exhibits – from costumes and folk crafts, to early Greek gospels and Mycenaean jewelry. It is named after the merchant Antonis Benakis, who donated the collection to the state in the 1950s.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays but open until midnight on Thursdays and Saturdays.
    • The rooftop café is a peaceful haven, offering fine views.
    • The museum shop is one of the best in the city for arty souvenirs.
    • The museum is between Syntagma and Evangelismos metro stations and is also on several trolley and bus routes.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 345 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Brilliant collection, perfect presentation 02/08/2018
    • Beautiful Presentation--Greece at its best! 01/08/2018
    • Benaki Museum
    Address:
    1 Koubari
    Athens 106 74
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0367 1000
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 AM - 3:00 AM
    Wed
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Thu
    9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Fri
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Museum of Cycladic Art
    Art Museums
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    Nick E Says:

    This small private museum houses the best display of Cycladic art under one roof, including a range of beautiful objects from the Bronze Age to around 700BC, such as the iconic female devotional figurines. There is also an impressive collection of Classical pottery, and temporary exhibitions are housed in the attractively refurbished Stathatos house behind.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum café offers a decent vegetarian selection – not always easy to find in Greece.
    • The nearest metro stop is Evangelismos.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 345 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting exhibits 12/08/2018
    • a must see while in Athens 08/08/2018
    • Museum of Cycladic Art
    Address:
    4 Douka Neofitou
    Athens 106 74
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0722 8321
    Other:
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    Byzantine & Christian Museum
    History Museums
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    Nick E Says:

    This delightfully laid out museum chronicles the history of Christianity in Greece – from the visit of the Apostle Paul through to the latter days of the Byzantine Empire and beyond. The star exhibits are its many icons, along with some superb frescoes.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The nearest metro station is Evangelismos.
    • The café-bistro provides light meals and refreshments in the museum's shady garden.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 345 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Gem for Byzantine Decorative Arts 08/08/2018
    • Comprehensive and aesthetically marvelous 31/07/2018
    • Byzantine & Christian Museum
    Address:
    Vassilissis Sofias Avenue 22
    Athens 106 75
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 3213 9572
    Hours:
    Mon
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Tue - Sun
    9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
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    Greek Folk Art Museum (Museo Ellinikis Laikis Technis)
    Art Museums
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    Nick E Says:

    Right in the heart of Plaka, the museum displays a huge range of items, from traditional costumes to jewelry and various pieces of folk art. Don't miss the reconstructed room of the artist Theofilos on the first floor, renowned for his whimsical, child-like work.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • There are a host of cafés and tavernas nearby, in the busy surrounding streets.
    • The nearest metro station is Syntagma.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #163 of 345 things to do in Athens
    • House on Panos Street - Man and Tools 27/06/2018
    • Nothing here. 03/04/2017
    • Greek Folk Art Museum (Museo Ellinikis Laikis Technis)
    Address:
    Kidathineon 17
    Plaka
    Athens
    Greece
    Phone:
    01-322-9031
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    Museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments
    Speciality Museums
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    Nick E Says:

    This comprehensive collection of instruments, housed in an attractive mansion, is adequately complemented by displays chronicling the history of Greek music and its influences. You can also listen to samples on the headphones provided.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum shop is also one of the best traditional music stores in the city, and thus a great place to stock up on CDs.
    • The nearest metro station is Monastiraki.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #103 of 345 things to do in Athens
    • Music Museum 30/07/2018
    • Great educational musical museum 22/07/2018
    • Museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments
    Address:
    Odos Dioyenous 1-3
    Athens 999-20
    Greece
    Phone:
    01-325-0198
    Other:
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    The Jewish Museum of Greece
    History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Nick E Says:

    This small but moving museum contains many traditional items, most notably a recreation of the Patra synagogue. There is also a lot of historical information provided, especially surrounding the events of WWII.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Saturdays, in keeping with the Jewish Sabbath.
    • The nearest metro station is Syntagma.
    • The surrounding area of Plaka is full of places to drink and eat.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 345 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Jewish Museum 30/07/2018
    • Very interesting museum 29/07/2018
    • The Jewish Museum of Greece
    Address:
    39 Nikis
    Athens 105 57
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0322 5582
    Other:
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