Top 7 Museums in Athens

Athens has many things to offer. Besides the beautiful places and breathtaking views from its hills, the museums are critical in telling the past and sometimes explain today's story of the city.
History & culture Top museums
October 21, 2016 by Eirini Cheimoniti

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Visiting Athens for first time? Great! What was the first thing that came to your mind when you heard of Athens? Probably it was something relevant to the rich history and culture of the city. Even if you are not a history-savvy, still the museums of Athens can offer you quite a fabulous experience. Some museums are dedicated to the representation of history, sometimes from as early ages as the prehistorical era. Some others are more artistic and connected with today’s world, also via exhibitions held quite often.

1. Acropolis Museum


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Founded in 2003, this museum is home to almost 4,000 objects found on the archaeological site of Acropolis. This museum counts many awards, including one for its extraordinary architecture: the museum is made of concrete, steel and glass, managing to harmonically blend with the archaeological park surrounding it. Viewing the Parthenon while walking next to the Parthenon marbles is a really unique feeling.

Opening hours: 8:00/9:00 a.m – 4:00/9:00/10:00 p.m. (depending on the day and month)
Admission fee: 5€ (discounts available)

2. National Archaeological Museum

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The National Archaeological Museum is the largest one in Greece and hosts more than 10,000 objects, dating back to prehistorical times.

Opening hours: 8:00/9:00 a.m. – 5:00/8:00/10:00 p.m. (depending on the day and month)
Admission fee: 5€ (discounts available)

3. Cycladic Art Museum


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Cycladic art is one style of art belonging to one of the three major Aegean cultures. The Goulandris museum of Cycladic art was founded in 1986 and has a well earned place in the list of the most loved Athenian museums. It is known for its sense of freedom, hosting many activities and also exhibitions that even dear to blend modern art with history.

Opening hours: 10:00/11:00 a.m. – 5:00/8:00 p.m.
Admission fee: 7€ (discounts available)

4. Benaki Museum – Main building


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Founded in 1930 in the house of the Benaki family, this museum presents objects from prehistorical era up to modern times. Nowadays, the main focus of the museum is on Greek culture and tradition.

Opening hours: Wednesday, Friday: 09:00 – 15:00 / 17:00 / 24:00 (depending on the day), Monday and Tuesday: closed
Admission fee: 7€ (discounts available)

5. Goulandris Natural History Museum


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This museum includes, besides the large collections of animals, mammals, birds and others, laboratories, where scientific research in the fields of ecology, botany, zoology is being conducted. The museum’s purpose is to raise awareness of the public in what concerns the natural wildlife habitats that are on the brink of extinction. Also, many of its activities focus on kids and on promoting interest in the natural sciences.

Opening hours: 9:00/10:00 a.m. – 2:30/3:00 p.m. (depending on the day)
Admission fee: 6€ (discounts available)

6. Hellenic Children’s Museum


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This museum is great, not only because it offers a place where children can play and learn, but also because it is located in the heart of Plaka. If you have a little child with you, it is the ideal place to rest in the middle of your sightseeing tour.

Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00/3:00 p.m. (depending on the day)
Admission fee: Free

7. Museum of Islamic Art

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It has one of the most important collections in the world including masterpieces from Persia, India, Middle East and other countries. If multicultural dialogue and learning about other cultures is among your interests, then a visit is worth your time.

Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Wednesday: closed
Admission fee: 7€ 

There goes our top 7 Museums to visit in Athens. Make sure to try and visit them all at your next trip and also reserve some extra time if you wish to have a more detailed overview of the artifacts.

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