Athens City Greece Guide

Museums in athens

Three thousand years old cultural riches are housed in approximately 50 national and private museums scattered throughout Athens, featuring from Neolithic settlement finds to examples of modern art. The archaeological museums of Athens offer a journey into antiquity going back to the birth of ancient Greek art. Nevertheless, hidden treasures housed in smaller museums present great interest also. The Byzantine Museum houses splendid icons collections, marble sections of early Christian churches, fine samples of sacerdotal vestments, silver and gold church vessels, as well as a wealth of mosaics and manuscripts. The Monastery of St. Loukas near Delphi is well worth a visit.

The Folk Art Museums offer hospitality to creations of popular culture crafted by simple folk since the 18th century. Artworks of jewelry, wood-carving, needlework and weaving are often exhibited along with traditional costumes, wooden farming tools, folk art paintings and items of daily use. A fine example is the Benaki Museum in Athens housing a significant collection of folk art. The relics of modern Greek history are exhibited in a multitude of small or large History Museums exhibiting substantial collections of arms used during the Independence War against the Turks, accessories of the uniforms worn by the Freedom Fighters, banners, flags and paintings inspired by that struggle.

The long affair of the Greeks with the sea, dating back to the arrival of the first Greek tribes in the region, is better understood through the exhibits at the Maritime Museums. Other museum categories operating in Athens include the Natural History Museums, Science and Technology Museums, Art Workshops and Cultural Centres.

The city's major ancient sites are linked in a vast pedestrian network, a modern Panathenaic Way closed to all vehicles but public transport, starting at the site of the new Acropolis Museum and eventually reaching the ruins of ancient Eleusis 22 kilometres away. A 1.7 kilometre stretch of tarmac from the Roman Arch of Hadrian to the classical Dipylon Gate, paved in Cycladic marble and stone, is the walkway in the heart of a web extending from the site of the first modern Olympics to the overgrown foundation of Plato's Academy, four kilometres to the west.

Walkways link the Temple of Olympian Zeus with the Acropolis, the Philopappos Hill, the ancient and Roman Agoras, Hadrian's Library and Kerameikos cemetery with all six sites spruced up, the ancient structures conserved and restored to a degree. No trip to Athens would be complete without a visit to the sacred rock of the Acropolis, an obvious choice for a fortress and sanctuary in ancient times.

Recently undergone extensive restoration, the new Acropolis Museum hopes eventually to display the collection of the 5th century BC Parthenon Marbles currently housed in London's British Museum after they were removed from the Acropolis by Lord Elgin in early 19th century.

Museums in athens

NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Address 1 Tositsa Street
Post Code 10682
Area Athens
Phone 210 8217724, 8217717
Fax 210 8213573
email eam@culture.gr
web http://www.namuseum.gr

 

THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM
Address 15, Dionysiou Areopagitou str.
Post Code 11742
Area Athens
Phone 210 9000900
Fax
email press@theacropolismuseum.gr
web http://www.theacropolismuseum.gr

 

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF PIRAEUS
Address 30, Charilaou Trikoupi str.
Post Code 18536
Area Piraeus
Phone 210 4521598
Fax 210 4518395
email
web

 

ATHENS CITY MUSEUM
Address 5-7, Paparigopoulou str., Klathmonos sq.
Post Code 10561
Area Athens
Phone 210 3231397, 3230168, 3246164
Fax 210 3220765
email mveathen@otenet.gr
web http://www.athenscitymuseum.gr

 

BENAKI MUSEUM
Address 1, Koubari str.
Post Code 10674
Area Athens
Phone 210 3671000
Fax 210 3671063
email benaki@benaki.gr
web http://www.benaki.gr

 

BYZANTINE & CHRISTIAN MUSEUM
Address 22, Vas. Sofias Ave
Post Code 10675
Area Athens
Phone 213 2139504, 2139500
Fax
email director@byzantinemuseum.gr
web http://www.byzantinemuseum.gr

 

CHILDRENS ART MUSEUM
Address 9, Kodrou str., Plaka
Post Code 10558
Area Athens
Phone 210 3312621, 3312750
Fax 210 3313734
email contact@childrensartmuseum.gr
web http://www.childrensartmuseum.gr

 

COSTUME MUSEUM
Address 7, Dimokritou str.
Post Code 10671
Area Athens
Phone 210 3629513
Fax 210 3616690
email costumuseum.le@hellasnet.gr
web

 

FOUNDATION OF THE HELLENIC WORLD
Address 254, Piraeus str.
Post Code 17778
Area Tavros
Phone 212 254000
Fax 212 2540123
email president@ime.gr
web http://www.ime.gr

 

FRYSSIRAS MUSEUM
Address 3 & 7 Monis Asteriou, Plaka
Post Code
Area Athens
Phone 210 3234678, 3316027
Fax 210 3316027
email info@frissirasmuseum.com
web http://www.frissirasmuseum.com

 

GOULANDRIS NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Address 13 Levidou street
Post Code 14562
Area Kifissia
Phone 210 8015870
Fax 210 8080674
email info@gnhm.gr
web http://www.gnhm.gr

 

GREEK CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
Address 14, Kygathinaion str.
Post Code 10558
Area Athens
Phone 210 3312995
Fax 210-3241919
email info@hcm.gr
web http://www.hcm.gr

 

GREEK MARITIME MUSEUM
Address Themistokleous Coast
Post Code 18537
Area Piraeus
Phone 210 4516264 , 4286959
Fax 210 4512277
email nme@h.forthne,gr
web http://www.hmm.gr

 

HERAKLEIDON MUSEUM EXPERIENCE IN VISUAL ARTS
Address 16, Herakleidon str.
Post Code
Area Thisio
Phone 210 3461981
Fax 210 3458225
email info@herakleidon-art.gr
web http://www.herakleidon-art.gr

 

MUNICIPAL GALLERY OF PIRAEUS
Address 29, Filonos str.
Post Code 18531
Area Piraeus
Phone 210 4101401-2-3
Fax
email
web

 

MUNICIPAL GALLERY OF ATHENS
Address 51, Piraeus str., Koumoundourou Sq.
Post Code 10553
Area Athens
Phone 210-3243022, 3243023
Fax 210-3614358
email
web

 

MUSEUM "ELEFTHERIOS VENIZELOS
Address Vas. Sofias ave., Eleftherias Park
Post Code
Area Athens
Phone 210 7224238
Fax 210 7248150
email
web

 

MUSEUM OF ANCIENT AGORA
Address 24, Adrianou str.
Post Code 10505
Area Athens
Phone 210 3210185, 3214825, 3210180
Fax 210 3210196
email
web

 

MUSEUM OF CYCLADIC ART
Address 4, Neofytou Douka str.
Post Code 10674
Area Athens
Phone 210 7228321-3
Fax 210 7239382
email museum@cycladic.gr
web http://www.cycladic.gr

 

MUSEUM OF KERAMIKOS
Address 148, Ermou str.
Post Code 10553
Area Athens
Phone 210 3463552
Fax 210 3633174
email
web

 

NATIONAL GALLERY
Address 1, Michalakopoulou str.
Post Code 11601
Area Athens
Phone 210 7235937
Fax 210 7224889
email secretary@nationalgallery.gr
web http://www.nationalgallery.gr

 

NATIONAL GLYPTOTHEQUE
Address Army Park, Goudi (entrance from Katechaki Avenue)
Post Code
Area Athens
Phone 210 7709855
Fax
email secretary@nationalgallery.gr
web http://www.nationalgallery.gr

 

NATIONAL HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Address Old Parliament Building 13, Stadiou str.
Post Code 10561
Area Athens
Phone 210 3237617- 3237315- 3222266
Fax 210 3213786
email info@nhmuseum.gr
web http://www.nhmuseum.gr

 

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Address 17 - 19 Vas. Georgiou & Rigilis Str.
Post Code 10675
Area Athens
Phone 210 9242111-3
Fax 210 9245200
email protocol@emst.gr
web http://www.emst.gr

 

NOMISMATIC NUSEUM , ATHENS
Address Iliou Melatron, 12, Panepistimiou str.
Post Code 10671
Area Athens
Phone 210-3632057, 3612834, 3612872
Fax 210 3635953
email nm@culture.gr
web http://www.nma.gr

 

POSTAL & FILOTELIC MUSEUM
Address 5, Stadiou Sq. & Fokianou str.
Post Code 11635
Area Athens
Phone 210 7519066, 7519042
Fax 210 7519279
email postmuseum@elta-net.gr
web http://www.postalmuseum.gr

 

POTTERY MUSEUM
Address 4-6 Melidoni str., Keramikos
Post Code 10553
Area Athens
Phone 210-3318491-5
Fax 210-3318490
email kmnk@otenet.gr
web http://www.potterymuseum.gr

 

SPATHARIO MUSEUM OF SHADOW THEATRE
Address Kastalias Sq.
Post Code 15124
Area Marousi
Phone 210 6127245
Fax 210 6127206
email info@karagiozismuseum.gr
web http://www.karagiozismuseum.gr

 

TACTUAL MUSEUM
Address Doiranis 198
Post Code 17673
Area Kalithea
Phone 210 9415222
Fax 210 9415271
email fteweb@otenet.gr
web http://www.tactualmuseum.gr

 

THE ATHENS UNIVERSITY MUSEUM
Address 5, Tholou str., Plaka
Post Code 10556
Area Athens
Phone 210 3689500, 3240861
Fax 210 3689501
email museum@uoa[dot]gr
web http://www.history-museum.uoa.gr

 

THE JEWISH MUSEUM OF GREECE
Address 39, Nikis str.
Post Code 10557
Area Athens
Phone 210 3225582
Fax 210 3231577
email info@jewishmuseum.gr
web http://www.jewishmuseum.gr

 

THEATRICAL MUSEUM
Address 50, Akadimias str.
Post Code 10679
Area Athens
Phone 210 3637453
Fax 210 3637453
email info@theatremuseum.gr
web http://www.theatremuseum.gr

 

WAR MUSEUM
Address 2, Rizari str.
Post Code 10676
Area Athens
Phone 210-7252974 - 5 - 6, 7244464
Fax 210-7245838
email info@warmuseum.gr
web http://www.warmuseum.gr