A Detailed Guide About The Great and Small Museums in Athens

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The most detailed guide to the Great and Small Museums in Athens, Greece! While visiting the Greek Capital, spend some time to see some of the best museums in Athens. You can also visit Athens’ best museums during free admission days.

Athens museums house the treasures of Greek history and culture offering fascinating insights into life in the oldest capital in Europe and the cradle of civilization.

Unique exhibitions are hosted in these great and small museums in Athens, a must-see aspect during your visit to Athens.

The Great Museums of Athens – The Acropolis Museum

As its name suggests the Acropolis Museum contains finds from the Acropolis; the glory of the collection lies in its sculptures and particularly the archaic sculptures.

Visitors should be sure to see the Ramping Horseman, and the series of figures of kore, or young girls. The girls look as they would have done when taking part in the Panathenaic Procession.

Also on display are those bits of sculpture from the Parthenon frieze which Lord Elgin did not take to England, as well as The Caryatides from the Erechtheum.

Acropolis Museum
The Acropolis Museum in Athens

Where is the Acropolis Museum Located?

Ethniki Odos 1 9, Athens 106 74  (Click here to see the map.)

How much does it cost to visit the Acropolis Museum?

Winter season (1 November – 31 March)
  • General admission: €5
  • Reduced admission*: €3
Summer season (1 April – 31 October)
  • General admission: €10
  • Reduced admission*: €5

What time does the Acropolis museum open? Acropolis Museum Opening Hours:

  • 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.
  • Monday: Closed.
  • Museum Closed: 1 January, 25 March, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 25 December, and 26 December.

Get your Acropolis museum ticket online now from GetYourGuide.com, and when you’ll visit the museum you’ll skip the line through express security check!

The Agora Museum (Stoa of Attalos)

The Agora Museum is housed in the reconstructed Stoa of Attalos and it has finds from the Agora, dating from the Neolithic to the Turkish period.

The museum’s collection of pottery is superb; unfortunately, relatively little is on display, as this is a working collection for scholars.

stoa of attalos in athens greece
The Agora Museum is housed in the reconstructed Stoa of Attalos

Visitors should be sure: to see the ancient Athenian working machine, or form of the ballot box, known as the Kleroterion.

In addition, the museum has many inscriptions on display and numerous items from daily life through the centuries.

Where is the Agora Museum Located?

24, Adrianou Street, Athens 105 55  (Click here to see the map).

How much does it cost to visit the Agora Museum?

  • Adult: €8
  • Student: €4
  • Adult combined ticket: €30
  • Student combined ticket: €15
    The combined entrance includes: Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Theatre of Dionysus, Kerameikos, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Library.

What time does the Agora Museum open? Agora Museum Opening Hours:

  • 01 Apr – 31 Oct Mon, 11:00-20:00
  • 01 Apr – 31 Oct Tue-Sun, 08:00-20:00
  • 01 Nov – 31 Mar Mon, 11:00-15:00
  • 01 Nov – 31 Mar Tue-Sun, 08:00-15:00

Visit the Agora Museum in the Ancient Agora, the commercial, the political and financial heart of ancient Athens with this small group guided tour we found for you on GetYourGuide.com. Including skip the line ticket!

The Benaki Museum

HaIf the fun of visiting the Benaki Museum on Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias is seeing the lovely view of Athens from the Museum’s rooftop cafe.

The collection was started by a wealthy Athenian, A. Benakis, and highlights the Greek War of Independence, the Monarchy, the PhilheIlenes, and the early travelers in Greece.

The museum’s collection of Greek costumes is the finest in the country, as is its collection of Islamic pottery. The museum is always cool and delightful in summer. Find online tickets and tours on GetYourGuide.com

The Benaki Museum in Athens
Benaki Museum collection gives a captivating overview of Greek history throughout the ages.
Courtesy: Chris / flickr.com

Where is the Benaki Museum Located?

1 Koumbari St. & Vas. Sofias Ave., 106 74 Athens  (Click here to see the map).

How much does it cost to visit the Benaki Museum?

  • Adults: €6
  • Students and children: Free
  • Thursdays: free entrance

What time does the Benaki Museum open? Benaki Museum Opening Hours:

  • Wednesdays and Fridays: 9 am – 5 pm.
  • Thursdays and Saturdays: 9 am-midnight.
  • Sundays: 9am – 3pm.
  • Mondays and Tuesdays: closed

The Byzantine and Christian Museum

The Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens is in the large home of the 19th century Duchess de Plaisance; astonishingly, the palace was in the open country when it was built little more than 140 years ago.

The Byzantine and Christian Museum is an excellent place to visit before touring the Byzantine churches of Athens, as exhibits set forth the development of church architecture in Greece.

The museum’s collection of icons is superb and somewhat overwhelming for any not accustomed to this art form. Find online tickets and tours on GetYourGuide.com

the Byzantine and Christian museum in Athens
Remains of a Byzantine church in the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens.
Courtesy: Pieter De Praetere / flickr.com

Where is the Byzantine and Christian Museum Located?

22 Vassilissis Sofias Avenue, Athens, 106 75  (Click here to see the map).

How much does it cost to visit the Byzantine and Christian Museum?

  • Adults: €4
  • Seniors over 65: €2
  • Students and youth less than 19 years old: free entrance

What time does the Byzantine and Christian Museum open? Benaki Museum Opening Hours:

Tuesday – Sunday: 9 am to 4 pm.
Mondays: closed.

The Museum of the Kerameikos

As one would expect from a museum in the potters’ quarter, the Kerameikos Museum has a superb collection of ancient pottery.

In addition, many of the funeral steles from the Kerameikos cemetery are on display here, as well as some of the sculptured figures which decorated the more ornate tombs. Find online tickets and tours on GetYourGuide.com

The museum of Kerameikos
The museum of Kerameikos is situated in the archaeological site of Kerameikos.
Courtesy: Shadowgate / flickr.com

Where is the Kerameikos Museum Located?

148 Ermou, Athens, 10 553 (At the end of Ermou Street, to the west of Monastiraki Square – Click here to see the map).

How much does it cost to visit the Kerameikos Museum?

  • Adults: €8
  • Students: €4
  • Combined adult ticket: €30
  • Combined student ticket: €15
    Includes: Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Theatre of Dionysus

What time does the Kerameikos Museum open? Kerameikos Museum Opening Hours:

01 Jun – 31 Oct: Tue-Sun, 0900-1600
01 Nov – 31 May: Tue-Sun, 0800-1500

The National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum on Patission Street deserves not one, but many visits.

Especially in summer, the National Archaeological Museum is crowded, and it is difficult to see its riches at leisure.

Good tours do exist which take one rapidly through the museum, without overlooking any of its most important exhibits. However, we strongly recommend a second visit if you want to dig in a little deeper.

The Mycenaean Hall, just inside the National Archaeological Museum entrance, contains the famous gold of Mycenae, including the gold mask which Schliemann believed to be that of Agamemnon.

Even if this was not the case, the regal splendor of the mask is haunting. The elegant gold Vaphio cups in the Mycenaean Hall are also irresistibly beautiful.

In the Cycladic Hall you’ll find the Cycladic idols with the clean modern lines that many which many have compared to the work of Modigliani. The Harp Player is only one of them that deserves a special mention.

The National Archaeological Museum
The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece.
Courtesy: wikipedia.org

As you continue to walk on through the museum, you will be viewing exhibits chronologically ordered from the Geometric (9th & 8th) to the Archaic (7th and 6th) to the Classical (5th and 4th) and finally to the Hellenistic (3rd to 1st) period.

Monumental stone youths, or kouroi, give way to monumental bronze statues, such as the statue of Zeus or that of Poseidon found off Cape Artemision.

Funeral steles and portrait busts from throughout Greece, as well as architectural fragments and ornaments, fill the museum.

On the upper floor, you’ll get the chance to admire delightful frescoes from the island of Santorini (Thera), dating from the Minoan period, and various small collections.

Quite simply, the National Archaeological Museum has the finest collection of Greek antiquities in the world, and should be visited slowly, carefully, and more than once.

The National Archaeological Museum in Athens
The National Archaeological Museum in Athens houses items from prehistory to late antiquity.
Courtesy: Tilemahos Efthimiadis / flickr.com

Where is the National Archaeological Museum Located?

The museum is a five-minute walk from Victoria Station and a 10-minute walk from Omonia. Address: 44 Patission str, 10682, Athens  (Click here to see the map).

How much does it cost to visit the National Archaeological Museum?

  • Adults: €7
  • Students and seniors (over 65 years old): €3
  • Youth (less than 18 years old): free entrance

What time does the National Archaeological Museum open? National Archaeological Museum Opening Hours:

  • 01 Apr – 31 Oct Mon-Sun, 08.00-20.00
  • 01 Nov – 31 Mar Mon, 13.00-20.00
  • 01 Nov – 31 Mar Tue-Sun, 09.00-16.00

Check this guided tour of the National Archaeological Museum we found for you on GetYourGuide.com. Take your pre-booked ticket and guided tour inside the most important archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art!

The National Gallery of Greece

This new picture gallery, whose main building is located within walking distance from Syntagma Square, just opposite Athens Hilton Hotel, has modern Greek paintings of the 19th and 20th centurie.

Often there are special exhibits of young artists on display. Anyone interested in modern art will find this a rewarding collection. Find online tickets and tours on GetYourGuide.com

Important:
The main building of the National Gallery – Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Vasileos Konstantinou Avenue, has been closed since March 2013, due to expansion works.

The National Gallery of Greece
The National Gallery in Athens is the most renowned art museum in Greece with over 20000 works of art.
Courtesy: Tilemahos Efthimiadis / flickr.com

Where is the National Gallery of Greece Located?

Address: Army Park, Goudi, 115 25 Athens. Entrance from Panagiotis Kanellopoulos Avenue (Click here to see the map).

Main building: Michalakopoulou 1, Athens, Greece  (Click here to see the map).

How much does it cost to visit the National Gallery of Greece?

  • General admission: €5
  • Reduced entry ticket: €3 (Students, Citizens over 65)
Free entrance for
  • Holders of ICOM & AICA cards
  • Students of Fine Arts
  • Children under 12 years old
  • People with special needs and their attendant
Free admission days

From 1st November 2018 until March 2019 the first Sunday of the month.

What time does the National Gallery of Greece open? The National Gallery of Greece Opening Hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 09. 00 – 17.00
  • Saturday, Sunday: 09. 00 – 16.00
  • Εvery Tuesday and all the Bank Holidays the museum is closed

National Historical Museum

The Old Parliament Building on Stadiou Street is now home to this collection which deals with Greek history in the 18th and 19th centurie, during the Greek struggle for independence from the Turks.

The National Historical Museum has many fine etchings and paintings of heroes during of that struggle, as well as stirring battle scenes. Find online tickets and tours on GetYourGuide.com

the old parliament house athens
Housed in the Old Parliament building, the National Historical Museum brings to life the story of the founding of Greece

Where is the National Historical Museum Located?

Address: 13 Stadiou St. 10561 Athens. (Click here to see the map).

How much does it cost to visit the National Historical Museum?

  • Full admission: € 3
  • Reduced admission: € 1.5
Free admission days:

Every Sunday, the International Museum Day (May 18th) and the following holidays:

  • March 25th
  • October 28th

What time does The National Gallery of Greece open? The National Gallery of Greece Opening Hours:

  • Tuesday to Sunday 8:30-14:30
  • Closed on Mondays

The Small Museums of Athens – The Jewish Museum of Greece

The Jewish Museum at 39 Nikis street, beside the Athens synagogue, has a fascinating – and heartbreaking – collection of items illustrating life among Greek Jews before World War II.

Heads up: A guided tour of any museum you like is highly recommended. We suggest you visit GetYourGuide.com and see all the available online tickets and tours

There were 80,000 Greek Jews before the war; only 8500 survived. Some of those who survived, notably Nikos Sravroulakis, organized this museum.

The Jewish Museum in Athens
The Jewish Museum in Athens traces the history of the Jewish community in Greece. Pic: wikimedia.org

Where is the Jewish Museum Located?

Address: 39, Nikis street, Athens, 10 557. (Click here to see the map).

How much does it cost to visit the Jewish Museum of Greece?

Admission fees:

  • Adults: €6
  • Students: €3

Guided tour fees for groups: €50  (upon arrangement)

What time does the Jewish Museum of Greece open? The Jewish Museum of Greece Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 9.00-14.30
  • Sundays: 10.00-14.00
  • Saturdays: closed

The Kanellopoulos Museum

The Kanellopoulos Museum is in an elegant neoclassical house on the upper reaches of the Plaka, at the intersection of Theorias and Panou Streets.

You’ll inevitably pass by the museum while walking down from the Acropolis towards Plaka. Making a quick stop to walk through its fascinating exhibits will certainly be worth your while.

The collection is that of one family and ranges through Greek art from Neolithic to modern times. The house is at least as interesting as the collection itself.

The Kanellopoulos Collection in Athens
The Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Museum was established in 1976 following the donation to the Greek state of the collection of this name. Courtesy: wikimedia.org

Where is the Kanellopoulos Museum Located?

12 Theorias street, 105 55 Plaka, Athens. (Click here to see the map).

How much does it cost to visit the Kanellopoulos Museum?

Admission fees:

  • Adults: €2
  • Students: €1

Guided tour fees for groups: 50 € (upon arrangement)

What time does the Kanellopoulos Museum open? The Kanellopoulos Museum Opening Hours:

  • Tuesday – Sunday: 8:30 am to 3 pm.
  • Monday: closed

The Museum of the City of Athens

The Museum of the City of Athens is housed in the palace of King Otto on Klafthmonos Square and it is one of the few remaining examples of the neo-classical style that used to be so popular under the new monarchy.

Exhibits on the ground floor recreate the period of Otto, while the upstairs is designed to resemble the times when Otto and Queen Amalia lived here.

The museum of the city of Athens on Klafthmonos Square
The Museum of the City of Athens, situated in Klafthmonos Square in two of the capital’s oldest and most beautiful buildings. Pic: wikimedia.org

Where is the Museum of the City of Athens Located?

5-7 Paparigopoulou Str, Athens, (Click here to see the map).

How much does it cost to visit the Museum of the City of Athens?

Admission fees:

  • Adults / Students: €3

What time does the Museum of the City of Athens? The Museum of the City of Athens Opening Hours:

  • Monday : 09:00- 16:00
  • Tuesday: closed
  • Wednesday: 09:00- 16:00
  • Thursday: 09:00- 16:00
  • Friday: 09:00- 16:00
  • Saturday: 10:00- 15:00
  • Sunday: 10:00- 15:00

The Folk Art Museum

The Museum of Folk Art on Kidathineon Street is easy to miss, as only a small plaque on the door of number 17 announces its presence.

It would be a shame to miss this delightful museum of Greek life throughout Greece; all those that are not able to travel outside Athens should make a particular point to visit this superb collection of costumes and items of daily life (spinning wheels, agricultural tools, metalwork, embroidery).

The Museum of Folk Art also contains an entire room painted by the famous modern Greek primitive painter Theofilos Hadjimichael (1868-1934)

Blank Wall Gallery

Founded in 2014, Blank Wall Gallery is a small exhibition space that was founded by photographers for photographers. The gallery features both group and solo exhibitions by local and international artists and helps emerging photographers showcase their work in downtown Athens.

  • Address: 55 Fokionos Negri St, Kypseli
  • Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Saturday: 11:30am to 2:00pm
  • Sunday – Monday: Closed
    Private appointments available upon request

Museum of the Ancient Greek Technology

Nominated European Museum of the year in 2019, the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology is one of the hidden gems of Athens. It examines and showcases the contribution of ancient Greek to science through around 300 operating models of ancient Greek inventions.

  • Address: 6 Pindarou Str and Akadimias, Kolonaki
    The museum is located at 8, Pindarou street in Kolonaki
  • Opening Hours: Daily and on weekends from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Admission: €5 (reduced rates for students, children, teachers, and senior citizens)
    and includes guided tour in Greek and English

Katakouzenos House Museum

The Katakouzenos House Museum project is an astonishing revival of a historical Athenian residence that was transformed into an educational institution. It’s one of the very few house museums in Athens and it’s definitely worth a visit.

  • Address: 4 Amalias Avenue 5th floor, Syntagma, 105 57
  • Opening Hours: Please call them (+30 210 322 2144)  before your visit, and ask for opening hours and ticket prices.

The Athens Pinball Museum

This is an amazing museum for all the arcade and pinball lovers out there. The museum features a large collection of fully functional vintage pinball machines and a cozy cafe for breaks in between games. An excellent choice for a fun afternoon in Athens.

  • Address: Dionisiou Areopagitou & Makri 2, 11742 Athens
  • Admission: €10

Lalaounis Jewelry Museum

The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum is the first museum dedicated to the art of jewelry in Greece and one of the very few of its kind in the world. It opened its doors in 1994 and has operated as an international hub for decorative art ever since.

  • Address: 12 Kallisperi & Karyatidon, 11742, Athens
  • Opening Hours:
    Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 8.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
    Sunday: 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
    Wednesday: 9.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.
    Mondays, Tuesdays and National holidays the museum is closed
  • General Admission: €5,00
    Students, Senior Citizens, and Groups: €4,00

Museum of Popular Musical Instruments

The Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments or Popular Musical Instruments is both a museum and a research center that exhibits over 600 instruments from the last three centuries. A must-see for all music lovers.

  • Address: 1-2 Diogenes St, Plaka, Athens
  • Opening Hours:  Daily from 10 am to 2 pm. Wednesday from 12 to 6 pm. Closed on Mondays
  • Admission: Free

Athens War Museum

The Athens War Museum was founded in 1975 with the purpose of honoring those who fought for Greece’s independence throughout the centuries. It showcases the struggles of the Greek people and showcases rare items and heirlooms from times of war.

  • Address: 2 Rizari Street and Vass. Sofias Avenue
  • Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm. Sunday from 9:30 am to 2 pm. Closed on Mondays
  • Admission: Free

Theatrical Museum

Founded by the famous historian Yiannis Sideris in 1938, the Theatrical Museum is a must-visit for those that want to explore the core concepts of theater and drama in its birthplace.

  • Address: 50 Acadimias Street
  • Opening Hours:  Monday to Friday from 9 am to 2:30 pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • Admission: Free.

Greek Historical Costume Museum

The Greek Historical Costume Museum offers an intriguing look into Greek history by showcasing costumes from different periods and different areas and explaining how they reflect social status and how they convey messages.

  • Address: 7 Dimokritou st, Kolonaki, Athens
  • Opening Hours: Mon, Weds, Fri: 10-1. Thurs: 5:30-8:30
  • Admission: Free

The Hellenic Motor Museum

Built in 2011, the Hellenic Motor Museum is home to more than 300 vehicles that belong to shipping magnate Theodore Haragionis. Its collection includes both modern and vintage iconic cars that will excite all car aficionados.

  • Address: 3rd September, 33-35 Iouliannou & Patission Streets
  • Opening Hours: The Hellenic Motor Museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 9 pm and on Sunday from 11 to 6 pm.

Goulandris Museum of Contemporary Art

Housed in a beautiful neoclassical mansion, the Goulandris Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits modern works of art collected by shipowner Basil Goulandris and his wife over five floors and frequently hosts exhibitions by international artists.

  • Address: Eratosthenous Street 13 Pangrati, Athens, Greece
  • Opening hours: Every day from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • General Admission: €8,00
  • Children, Students, Senior Citizens: €6,00

Numismatic Museum of Athens

The Numismatic Museum of Athens is one of the hidden gems of the city. It houses an extensive collection of ancient and modern coins in a neoclassical building that also features a cozy outdoor cafe.

  • Address: El. Venizelou 12, Athens 106 71
  • Opening hours: Every day from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm. Closed on Mondays.
  • Admission: Free

Free Admission Days for Museums in Athens

On the chance that you are visiting Athens in the near future, you can visit some of the best museums in the Greek capital for absolutely free! Note that there are exemptions for certain days listed below for privately owned museums. We advise you best to check in advance.

Most museums in Athens are free on the first Sunday of the month from November to March.

  • 6 March (Memory of Melina Mercouri)
  • 18 April (International Monument Day)
  • 18 May (International Museum Day)
  • 5 June (World Environment Day)
  • The last weekend of September (European Days of Cultural Heritage)
  • 27 September (International Tourism Day)
  • Greek official holidays should the museum be open including: 6 January, Orthodox Good Friday, Orthodox Easter Saturday and Monday, Orthodox Monday of the Holy Spirit, 15th of August, 28th of October.

Museums in Athens for Free – Tips

Certain folks are privileged with free admission or at least discounted admission. Every museum varies.

  • Children under 12 years old
  • Students under 19 years old from E.U. countries
  • People over 65 years old
  • People with special needs and their attendant
  • Holders of the cards: ICOM, CIMAM, AICA
  • Journalists, guides, soldiers.

Important, please read:

Museum Hours: It is vital to check for up-to-date information on all museums as close as possible to the time of one’s visit. Museums are usually closed on Tuesdays and on 1 January, 25 March, Good Friday, Easter, and Christmas. Some museums are open all day, some mornings only, other afternoons only. Be sure to check for accurate, up-to-date information at the National Tourist Organization (Tel: +30 210 8707000).

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