It has often been said, that you can't dig a hole in Athens without finding something of archaeological value. This was certainly the case when they created the underground Metro system. Thousands of artefacts dating back millennia were uncovered, all adding to the overall knowledge of Athens in the past. Some of these finds were transferred to already existing museums. At Syntagma Station though, they went one step further. Read on to find out more about the Syntagma Metro Station Archaeological Collection.
Syntagma Metro Station Archaeological Collection
Normally, I give information as to where the nearest metro station is when writing about museums in Athens. Well, no need here. This is the central station where all lines connect! The Syntagma Metro Station Archaeological Collection can be found at the top floor of the station complex.
There are cases exhibiting artefacts such as weaving looms and clay amphorae from all the periods of settlement in Athens. You can find neolithic, classical Greek, Roman, and Byzantine exhibits all within the one metro station.
At some point during a stay in Athens, everyone will come through Syntagma Metro Station at least once. Take your time, and check out some of the items on display!
More Information – The Syntagma Metro Station Archaeological Collection is open whenever the metro station is , and is free to look around. Theoretically, if you have passed the barriers for access to the metro, you should have a validated metro ticket.
Friendly Advice – I haven't had a wallet lifted here, and I don't know anyone who has. That said, many people claim that pickpockets work this station and the metro lines. Common sense rules of travel apply. Don't leave your wallet in your back-pocket, don't leave bags open, and certainly don't leave stuff unattended. However, if you are desperate to get robbed, you might want to check out my tongue in cheek article here >> Best Tips On How To Get Robbed.
Note – Several other metro stations in Athens have archaeological artefacts on display, but for one reason or another are not classed as museums. The Syntagma Metro Station Archaeological Collection is for some reason classed as a museum. That is why I have included this, and not the others, on my list of museums in Athens.
Further Information About Athens
I have put together some other guides on Athens that you might find useful when planning your trip.
2 Days in Athens – A guide on what to see and do during 2 days in Athens
Hotels near the Acropolis – Stay at one of the hotels near the Acropolis and make the most of your time in Athens.
Day Trips from Athens – A selection of the best day trips from Athens
Ultimate Guide to Athens – All my Athens travel guides in one place!