A visit to Athens would not be complete without a call in its amazing museums, showcasing the city’s incredible history and its organic relationship with art and archaeology.

The National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum ranks among the leading archaeological museums in the world. The museum contains 11,000 masterpieces dating from the 7th millennium B.C to 5th century B.C, classified into seven collections: Prehistoric (Neolithic, Cycladic and Mycenaean antiquities), Sculptures, Bronze, Egyptian Antiquities, The Stathatou Collection with miniature works of art, Vases and Miniatures and Cypriot Art. In addition to the impressive permanent collections, the Museum also hosts exhibitions and educational programmes.

The Epigraphic Museum

The Epigraphic Museum is located within the National Archaeological Museum building but is accessed through a separate entrance on 1 Tositsa Street. It is considered one of the most significant museums of its kind in the world, holding a collection of more than 14,000 ancient inscriptions in Greek, Latin and Hebrew.

Nearest metro station: Victoria or Omonia
The Acropolis Museum

A 14,000 square-metre glass and concrete landmark ark built to cross reference the Acropolis and set the context for its amazing collections, the museum often makes it onto lists of the world’s most impressive museums. On display there are sculptures, including five of the original Caryatids from the Erechteion Temple, ceramics, and other treasures from the excavations from the slopes, sanctuaries, archaic temples, and the Parthenon of the Acropolis, as well as other monuments in the area.

Nearest metro station: Acropolis
The Byzantine and Christian Museum

This museum holds one of the largest collections of Byzantine icons in the world. Its exhibits represent 1,700 years of Byzantine art and architecture and include thousands of religious artifacts of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods.

Nearest metro station: Evangelismos
The Museum of Cycladic Art

The MCA is made up of two separate buildings, interconnected by a glass-roofed corridor. It houses one of the most complete private collections of Cycladic art worldwide, from all phases of the distinctive Cycladic island culture that flourished in the central Aegean during the Early Bronze Age, as well as collections of Ancient Greek, Roman and Cypriot Art.

Nearest metro station: Evangelismos or Syntagma
The Numismatic Museum

A rare museum with more than 600,000 coins, “treasuries” (closed coin collections), standard weights, metals and precious stones, from the ancient Greek and Roman periods, Byzantium, the western Middle Ages and modern history.

Nearest metro station: Syntagma
The National Historical Museum

Permanently housed in the Old Parliament Building on Stadiou Street, it narrates the story of Modern Greece: the period of Ottoman and Latin rule, the Greek War of Independence (1821), the creation of an independent state, and modern events are told through a series of works of art and objects.

The Benaki Museum

The Benaki Museum has many locations across the city, building a network of different collections and archives that encompass Greek culture.

The Benaki Museum of Greek Culture

The Benaki Museum of Greek Culture is in one of the most beautiful neoclassical-style buildings in Athens, near the National Garden and Syntagma Square. It houses a unique exhibition on Greek culture from prehistory to the 20th century with works of art, objects, furniture and traditional dress.

The new Benaki Museum (Pireos Annex)

The new Benaki Museum is housed in an impressive contemporary building and holds an extensive Photography Archive and the Modern Greek Architecture Archives. It is a venue for modern and contemporary art exhibitions.

The Museum of Islamic Art

The Islamic art collections of the Benaki Museum are housed in a complex of neo-classical buildings located in the historical centre of Athens, in the Kerameikos district. More than 8,000 exhibits, representative of the development of Islamic art from the early Islamic age to the 19th century give it the status of an important Islamic art museum worldwide.

The Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika Gallery

The Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika Gallery is housed in the building where the artist lived and worked for many decades. His living quarters, works and studio are on display as permanent exhibits, but the gallery also holds works of art, manuscripts, publications, photographs and personal artifacts belonging to other artists and intellectuals, who characterized pre and post war Greece.

The Mentis Passementerie

The site of an old workshop of one of the first fibre processing and production of passementerie businesses in Athens. The collection includes all the machinery and the merchandise left in stock (galloons, ornamental cords - piping, braids, fringes, tassels, curtain tiebacks).

The War Museum

From the Stone Age to the Classical Period to World War II, the museum offers a timeline of Greek history through military conflicts. On display there are military paraphernalia, models of warships and aircraft, flags and maps. Various types of artillery guns and real size models of war aircrafts, some of which you can enter, are on display in the yard. 

The National Gallery – Museum Alexandros Soutzos

The most extensive art gallery in Greece, it holds almost 20,000 art works, paintings, sculptures and engravings, that cover Greek and European art from the post-Byzantine period to modern times. Its downtown building remains closed for expansion and part of the collection is temporarily exhibited at the National Sculpture Gallery.

The National Sculpture Gallery

The museum is housed in two former royal stables in Alsos Stratou (district of Goudi) and displays more than 100 sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries by Greek artists in its gardens.

The National Museum of Contemporary Art

The National Museum of Contemporary Art is housed in an old brewery, which was redesigned post war by eminent Greek architect Takis Zenetos and has undergone renovation to include the permanent collections of modern, contemporary and video art. The museum is currently closed; please refer to the website for information on its opening.

The Frissiras Museum

The Frissiras Museum in Plaka houses a collection of modern and contemporary European and Greek art including paintings, drawings, sculptures, and engravings of artists like David Hockney, Frank Helmut  Auerbach, Eduardo Arroyo, Yannis Moralis, and Dikos Byzantios.

Nearest metro station: Acropolis or Syntagma
The Museum of Greek Folk Art

The museum has a wonderful collection of Greek folk artifacts dating from 1650 onwards. Paintings, pieces of embroidery, pottery, wood carved items for religious use, traditional figures used in the Greek Shadow Puppet Theatre, traditional silver objects and a rich collection of Greek folk costumes. Two of the city’s most important Ottoman monuments, the Tzisdarakis Mosque and the Bath House of the Winds are annexes of the Museum.

The Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments

A museum and research centre for ethnomusicology housed in a mansion in Plaka near the Roman Agora, it displays 1,200 Greek popular musical instruments dating from the 18th century to the present day.

Nearest metro station: Monastiraki
The Museum of the City of Athens

Housed in a mansion which was used as King Otto’s temporary palace from 1836-1842, the museum holds furniture, paintings and engravings about the history of Athens, from the early 18th century to the 20th century.

Nearest metro station: Panepistimio
The Jewish Museum of Greece

The Museum was founded in 1977 and is dedicated to the history and tradition of Greek Jews. Its collection comprises 8,000 artifacts among them authentic photographs, documents and archives.

Nearest metro station: Syntagma
The Gennadios Library Collection

The collection includes valuable manuscripts and books, documents, periodicals, maps, a Byzantine library and a reading room. Check out the collection of Lord Byron’s personal belongings including his golden clock, laurel wreath, seals, etc.

Nearest metro station: Evangelismos
The Aggeliki Chatzimichali Museum of Folk Art & Tradition

This museum is housed in the former residence of the Greek folklorist Angeliki Hatzimichali, in Plaka. A research hub, for folklorists, its rich collections include wood carvings, pottery, traditional costumes, embroideries and carpets.

Nearest metro station: Monastiraki or Acropolis
The Hellenic Children’s Museum

The Hellenic Children's Museum is located inside the 'Athens Conservatoire' in an atmosphere unlike other museums. It has a variety of exhibits and organizes educational programmes, including some in English upon request.

The Herakleidon Museum

An interactive museum, housed in two buildings joined by a courtyard, in Thissio. Through exhibitions and educational programmes it explores the relationship between maths, science, and the arts.

Nearest metro station: Acropolis or Thissio