Athens museums

On this page of the free Athens travel guide, you can find the most important Athens museums which you should make the time to visit on your Greece vacation. You can also find several niche museums if you wish to expand your knowledge while visiting Athens.

For each Athens museum, you may find:

  • the name of the Athens museum and perhaps a photo or a video;
  • a short description of the Athens museum;
  • a list of the most important things you should see inside the Athens museum, with links directing you to official information on each artifact/exhibit;
  • visiting information including opening times, ticket prices, address and map location, telephone if available, and details on how to get there using public transport.


Athens museums (Table of contents):


Acropolis Museum

The glass walls of the Acropolis Museum offer a panorama over the temples on the Acropolis of Athens. The glass floors allow visitors to see the remains of an old Christian settlement.

The incredible Acropolis Museum was designed by the famous Bernard Tschumi.

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National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum is the home of important historic artifacts which surpass the borders of Greece, coming from some of the most important cultures in the world. Among its displays, here you can admire the golden treasure of Mycenae, as well as the first statues which manage to illustrate the complexity of the human nature.

Check out the cafe of the National Archaeological Museum, if you want to have a quick bite or a coffee.

Save money with the three day Special ticket package! The full priced special ticket costs € 15.00, while the reduced is € 8.00. It is valid for the National Archaeological Museum, the Byzantine and Christian Museum, the Numismatic Museum and the Epigraphic Museum.

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Byzantine and Christian Museum

With artifacts ranging from complex metalwork to detailed icons, this museum manages to illustrate the great history of the Byzantine Empire. This impressive collection contains over 15,000 objects from the Byzantine period, from great churches and monasteries spread all over the world. The collection of the Byzantine and Christian Museum includes sculptures, manuscripts, icons, and various other religious objects.

In summer, you may be lucky enough to catch a concert in the courtyard of the Byzantine and Christian Museum.

Save money with the three day Special ticket package! The full priced special ticket costs € 15.00, while the reduced is € 8.00. It is valid for the National Archaeological Museum, the Byzantine and Christian Museum, the Numismatic Museum and the Epigraphic Museum.

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Benaki Museum

The Benaki Museum is one of the most important museums in Greece. Located in an 1867 neoclassic villa and several other buildings, it has a valuable collection of Hellenic art objects, dating from the Neolithic until the present day. In its 36 rooms, it holds over 20,000 objects.

On the first Wednesday of every month there are special tours by the curator of the Benaki Museum Islamic collection. For reservations, please call +30 21 0325 1314.

The roof of the Benaki Museum of Greek Culture offers a stunning view of Athens.

Save money with the Benaki Museum Experience Ticket! It costs € 25.00 and grants a visitor one entrance per exhibition in all the Benaki Museum buildings. It is valid for 3 months.

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Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art

The Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the study and promotion of the ancient cultures from the Aegean and Cyprus. The museum houses the largest collection of Cycladic art in the world, with an emphasis on that from the 3rd millennium BC. With works of art from the years 3200 – 2200 BC, you can admire icons which are older than 5,000 years!

Visit the Museum of Cycladic Art after 13.00. This way, you’ll be able to avoid the groups and the students which visit every morning.

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Museum of Modern Greek Culture: Museum of Greek Folk Art

The main building of the museum housed a large collection of Greek folk art on 5 levels, with exhibits from the 1650s to the present day, including traditional tapestries and costumes, ceramics, wood carvings, metal works, dolls, and filigree jewelry. A new building for the museum is being built. The museum also has two annexes: the Bath-House of the Winds and the House on Panos Street.

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Numismatic Museum of Athens

The permanent collection of the Numismatic Museum of Athens presents the history of coins from the ancient Greeks to the modern days. This valuable coin collection can be admired inside the house of Schliemann. He was the archaeologist who uncovered the treasures of Mycenae, now exposed in the National Archaeological Museum.

Save money with the three day Special ticket package! The full priced special ticket costs € 15.00, while the reduced is € 8.00. It is valid for the National Archaeological Museum, the Byzantine and Christian Museum, the Numismatic Museum and the Epigraphic Museum.

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Epigraphic (Inscription) Museum of Athens

Unique in Greece, and among the largest museum of this type in the entire world, the Epigraphic Museum of Athens houses over 13,500 inscriptions, mostly Greek, and from Greece. Visitors have access to four of its eleven rooms, the courtyard, and the lobby.

Save money with the three day Special ticket package! The full priced special ticket costs € 15.00, while the reduced is € 8.00. It is valid for the National Archaeological Museum, the Byzantine and Christian Museum, the Numismatic Museum and the Epigraphic Museum.

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Museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments

When you visit this museum, you can listen to the influences of the Middle East and Europe over Greek music. These influences are also reflected in the musical instruments the Greeks use. They are beautiful works of craftsmanship, sometimes made out of silver and ivory.

The garden of the Museum of Musical Instruments hosts concerts in its courtyard in summer.

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Museum of Ancient Greek Technology

The Museum houses about 300 operating models of ancient Greek technology. The inventions cover a period of time between 2,000 BC to the final years of Ancient Greece.

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Herakleidon Museum

The Herakleidon Museum is an interactive center for popularized science. In their two buildings, they don’t only offer captivating exhibitions on Physics, Arts, and Mathematics, but also educational programs for children and adults.

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Museum of the History of Greek Costume

You can learn about the varieties in the Greek costumes by admiring the collection of this museum. Its collection has over 6,000 objects, including clothing, ornaments, and jewelry.

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City Museum of Athens

This was the first house ever built in Athens, once the city was declared the Capital of the new Kingdom of Greece, in 1834. The first king of Greece, Otto, also built another building next to it, where he lived while his Royal Palace was being built.

Today, the City Museum of Athens houses a collection of paintings and furniture which paints a picture of the modern city and its history.

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War Museum

From prehistoric battle axes to weapons used nowadays, on the 2 floors of the War Museum you can discover an impressive military collection. In the courtyard, there are military aircrafts and tanks in which visitors can enter, to see every detail from up-close.

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Jewish Museum

Before the Nazi occupation and the Genocide, many Greek Jewish communities could trace their roots from before Classical Greece. Learn about the history of Jews in Greece through the over 15,000 artifacts displayed inside the Jewish Museum, together with documentation on the Holocaust.

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Political Exile Museum

Modern Greece has gone through the Balkan Wars, the two World Wars, a civil war, and a military dictatorship. In all those times of struggle for the people, the rulers sent those who were against them to exile in the Greek islands. This museum focuses on the political exile to the island of Agios Efstratios, collecting items and artwork from political detention and exile camps.

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National Historical Museum

Once the first building of the Greek Parliament, it is now a museum focused on the Greek Independence War. However, it is not limited to that, as the Museum also houses a collection of historical items starting from the capturing of Constantinople in 1453 to the Second World War.

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Goulandris Natural History Museum

Founded in 1965 by Angelos and Niki Goulandris, the Natural History Museum is located outside the city center, in an elegant villa in Kifissia. The first exhibition halls focusing on plants biology were designed by the British Natural History Museum. It also has exhibits on Entomology, Marine Biology, Herpetology, Ornithology, Geology, and Paleontology.

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Industrial Gas Museum

The Industrial Gas Museum of Athens presents the old Gasworks through a 13-stop walk through the museum. You will discover vast archive materials, everyday objects from the plant, photographs, film screenings, and interviews with previous employees and residents from the area.

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Hellenic Motor Museum

The Hellenic Motor Museum in Athens exhibits 120 amazing samples from the international automobile industry. You can admire the works of brands like Bentley, Rolls Royce, Bugatti, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, and Bristol. You can also (re)discover car models which are no longer produced these days: Avion Voisin, Adler, Packard, Facel Vega, Delage, Iso, Dino, Stanguelini, Siata, Frazer Nash, Elva, and Miller.

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Museum of Greek Children’s Art

If you’re feeling curious or are travelling with your kids, you should definitely stop at the Children’s Art Museum. You can find here the works of young artists (4 – 14 years old) from school camps, but also from refugee camps. They also host various activities for children.

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Emotions Museum for Children and Teenagers

This unique museum uses interactive exhibitions, play, and stories to encourage children and teenagers to discover their emotions. It also comes to the aid of parents and teachers in dealing with the emotional development of the children they are responsible for. Children have to be at least 5 years old to enter this Athens museum.

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Pavlos and Alexandra Kanellopoulos Museum

Inside a neoclassic villa, you can admire a beautiful collection of antiquities.

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Lalaounis Museum

The Greek jeweler Ilias Lalaounis displays his creations in this museum. Founded in 1993, the Lalaounis Museum is devoted to the art of jewelry and the decorative arts. Admire the over 4,000 pieces of jewelry and micro sculptures from the over 50 collections designed by Ilias Lalaounis between 1940 and 2000!

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