Athens, Greece will be a paradise for history buffs! Being one of the world’s oldest cities, with one of the longest histories, Athens is definitely loaded with museums – old and new. Here are a few of the interesting museums in the city with details of their location and opening hours.
Vassilisis Sofias and 1 Koumbari Street
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday – Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm; Thursday: 9:00am-10:00pm; Sunday: 9:00am -3:00pm
The Benaki Museum is considered by many to be among the best museums in Athens as it features both ancient and modern Greece, particularly in arts and culture. Its bottom floor starts with a display of pieces from the ancient times then goes up with a showcase of various memorabilia from the different periods of the country’s history. Its third floor presents the many heroes of the Greek Revolution. The National Gardens is located here to give you more interesting views.
The museum is open daily, except on Tuesdays.
44 Patission Street, Athens 10682
+30 210 8217724
Opening Hours: Tuesday & Friday: 8:00am-7:00pm; Monday: 12:30pm-7:00pm; Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: 8:30am-3:00pm
The National Archaeological Museum is one of the world’s most important archaeological museums being home to the historical past of the greatest civilizations in the world. One can find here rare and breathtaking collections from ancient Greece, which include religious items from Neolithic times, vases, jewellery, statues, sculpture, and weapons.
Agamemnon’s golden mask and other treasures from the Mycenae period is also found here which make every visit very worthwhile. Be in awe with the statues of gods and goddesses which include that of Poseidon of Artemision, Zeus holding a thunder from Dodona, Demeter and Persephone, and that of Aphrodite and Pan among others.
7 Paparigopoulou St.
Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00am-4:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am-3:00pm
If you think you’ve toured enough from the ancient times, then try to stop by the Museum of the City of Athens. This modern museum features the modern history of the city (from the time it became the capital of the country). Among the collections displayed here are paintings, artifacts, and individual artworks from local artists. The museum has an admission fee of 3 euros per person.
Rizari street 2
+30 210 7290543-4
Opening Hours: 9:00am-2:00pm
Inaugurated in 1975, the War Museum showcases collections from the Greek Army, including materials from the Greece’s war history since the prehistoric times up to the modern days. Aside from war mementos, the museum also documents studies from war history. With its interesting displays, it’s more interesting to note that the museum does not charge any admission fees.
15 Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, Athens
+30 210 9000900
This new Acropolis Museum contains breathtaking pieces, such as pediment sculptures and statues found on Acropolis Rock and were part of the buildings’ decoration as part of the dedicated to Athena, the city’s patron and goddess of wisdom. You will also be in awe with the statues of female figures from the archaic era referred to as “Korai”.
Athens will not run out interesting and fascinating museums, so get ready to be in magnificence exploring these breathtaking museums.