Of course, many of the famous ancient sites in and around
Athens are openair museums. There are museums everywhere,
covering a vast range of subjects, some of them highly specialized.
Many museums are free on Sundays and on Greek National
Holidays. A small charge is made at other times.
The larger museums have café and toilet facilities.
Flash photography isn’t allowed in Greek museums.
Vass, Sofias and Koumbari Streets, Athens.
Telephone +30 210 367 1000
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday the Museum is open from 9am to 5pm. On Thursday the hours are 9am to midnight. Sunday hours are 9am to 3pm and this Museum is closed on Tuesdays. This is one of the oldest museums in Greece. There are over twenty thousand items on display, including a mixture of gold, bronze and terracotta antiquities, Bronze age and some Egyptian finds. The museum has a penthouse café with an outdoor terrace that looks out on the National Gardens of Athens. Admission is about €6-8 and it is free on Thursdays.
Natural History Museum
13 Levidou Street, Kifissia, Athens
Telephone +30 210 801 5870
Hours: Saturday to Thursday. 9 am to 2 pm.
This is a popular attraction and has a large collection of fossils, birds, reptiles, insects, mammals, shells, rocks and minerals. There are more than two hundred thousand plants species on display. The Natural History Museum can be reached by Metro Line 1, stopping at Kifissia Station.
National Historical Museum (Old Greek Parliament)
Stadiou 13, Syntagma, Athens
Telephone +30 210 323 7617
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 2pm.
The museum exhibits cover all of the major Greek events from the Byzantine period to the twentieth century. All the exhibits are displayed in date order. Highlights include Venetian armour, regional costumes, Byron's sword and King Otto's throne. The museum can be found in the Old Parliament Building which was the previous home of the Greek Parliament. Museum admission: there is a charge of about €5 but reduced rates for EU citizens, Senior Citizens, etc.
Museum of the City of Athens (Vouros-Eftaxias)
7 Paparigopoulou Street, Klafthmonos Square
Telephone +30 210 324 6164
Hours: Wednesday, Friday to Monday, 9am to 1:30 pm.
The Museum of the City of Athens was once a royal residence. Museum highlights include the throne room, a library, paintings from the 19th century and a scale model of how Athens appeared in 1842.
University of Athens Museum - 5 Tholou Street, Plaka
Telephone +30 210 324 0861
Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 2:30 pm to 7 pm. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.
The museum includes collections of more academic artefacts such as scientific instruments, medical equipment, portraits of related people, books and manuscripts, photos, and so on. The courtyard of this Museum in Plaka in the summer season is used for theatrical performances.
Byzantine Museum - Vasilissis Sofias 22, Plateia Rigilis Kolonaki
Telephone +30 210 721 1027
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 8:30 am to 3 pm.
The permanent exhibits in this Museum includes icons, sculptures, frescoes, jewellery, reconstructions of churches and ecclesiastical silverware. It provides a history of over fifteen hundred years of Byzantine art and architecture.
Museum of Cycladic Art - Neofytou Douka 4, Kolonaki
Telephone +30 210 722 8321
Hours: Monday, Wednesday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. Saturday 10 am to 3 pm.
The museum has an extensive selection of ancient Greek Art. Some of the exhibits date from about five thousand years ago! There are exhibits from many different archaeological excavations, including well preserved sculptures, statues and figurines.
Athens Museums: National Archaeological Museum - 44 Patission, Exarcheia, Marathon, Athens 190 07
Telephone +30 210 821 7717
Hours: April to mid October, Monday 12:30 pm to 7 pm. Tuesday to Friday 8 am to 7 pm. Saturday and Sunday 8:30 am to 3 pm. Mid October to March, Monday 10:30 am to 15 pm. Tuesday to Sunday 8 am to 2:30 pm.
The Archaeological Museum displays archaeological finds from local archaeological sites. It contains a priceless collection of unique exhibits, including Mycenean gold artefacts.