Museums in Athens – A Complete Guide

As you might expect from an historic European capital city, there are plenty of museums in Athens to visit! This is a complete guide to every museum in Athens.

A list of all the museums in Athens

Visiting Athens in Greece and want to check out the museums? This list of museums is definitely for you!

How many Athens museums are there?

This guide came about as a personal project to visit every museum in Athens. In the beginning, I had a list of 60 museums to choose from. Now, this list of museums in Athens has 77 places, and I discover more each month! 

I'd say there are over a hundred museums in the city of Athens, because I'm sure there are plenty I haven't discovered yet. On this page you'll find out information about them all.

But with so many, which are the best museums in Athens you should you visit?

Having lived in the capital city of Greece for nearly eight years now, I'd always suggest first time visitors go and check out the popular Athens museums such as the Acropolis Museum, and the National Archaeological Museum.

For anyone staying a bit longer than just 2 days in Athens, you could add a few more into your sightseeing itinerary depending on your interest. If you're staying for a month, why not try to see them all?!

Museums in Athens Greece

I've divided this guide into two parts. The first is what I consider to be the best museums in Athens based on popularity and appeal to a broad range of visitors.

The second part is a complete list of all the museums in Athens I have discovered so far. 

By the way, if you've been to a museum in the city of Athens not on this list, leave a comment at the end of the article so I can add it in!

One final note on museum definitions. Choosing how to define ‘Athens' is no easy task. For the sake of simplicity, I have decided it is the greater metropolitan area, which also includes Piraeus.

Best Museums in Athens

Let's start with some of the most popular and important museums you can visit when in Athens.

New Acropolis Museum

If there's one museum on everyone's list who visits Athens, it's the Acropolis museum!

The Acropolis museum opened in June 2009, and is located just a short walk from the Acropolis itself.

Inside the Acropolis Museum of Athens

As you walk up to the museum, you will notice some glass floors, and underneath are the walls and structure of buildings thousands of years old.

Inside, the museum displays artifacts from throughout Greek history, including objects dating back as far as the Bronze Age and as recent as Byzantine Greece.

Plan to spend at least an hour and a half in the Acropolis museum. If you get tired half way through, there's a cafe to sit down with a coffee. It's got a nice view of the Acropolis as well!

Regular tickets cost 5.00 Euro in the winter and 10.00 Euro in the summer.

Summer opening times: Monday 8 am – 4 pm / Last entry: 3:30 pm. Tuesday – Sunday 8 am – 8 pm / Last entry: 7:30 pm.

Winter opening times: Monday – Sunday 9 am – 5 pm / Last entry: 4:30 pm

Recommended guided tour: Acropolis and Acropolis Museum Tour with Entry Tickets

Museum of the Ancient Agora

In addition to the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora is another one of the important archaeological sites in Athens to be visited. Its onsite museum is housed in the reconstructed Stoa of Attalos.

The Museum of the Ancient Agora in Athens

This museum houses artifacts mainly found on the Agora site. It's laid out nicely in a chronological order, with clearly labelled exhibits.

You'll probably need a half hour inside the museum of the Ancient Agora. I'd suggest visiting it before walking around the archaeological site itself as it will help to give context to what you will see.

Summer opening times: 08.00 until 20.00

Recommended: Acropolis, Agora, and Zeus Temple Entrance Tickets w/ Audio

National Archaeological Museum

This is my favourite museum in Athens, but be warned, you'll need at least 4 hours here. I'm not kidding!

Inside the National Archaeological Museum of Athens

This is perhaps one for history buffs, people with an interest in the ancient Greeks and civilization, and anyone that loves visiting museums that have it all!

The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is one of the world's greatest museums. It contains the most important artifacts from archaeological locations throughout Greece, ranging in time from pre-history to late antiquity.

Tickets: General admission: 6 € (1/11 -31/3) 12 € (1/4 – 31/10)

Museum of Cycladic Art

If you've ever been intrigued by the enigmatic Cycladic figurines dating from thousands of year ago, the Cycladic Art museum is a place you need to visit!

Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens

Located about a five or ten minute walk from Syntagma Square in central Athens, the Museum's permanent collections include 3,000 Cycladic, ancient Greek and Cypriot artefacts from the 4th millennium BC to approximately the 6th century AD.

I'd say you need a couple of hours to really enjoy this museum, and the different exhibitions it has over the different floors.

Opening Hours: Μonday – Wednesday – Friday – Saturday: 10:00 to 17:00. Thursday: 10:00 to 20:00. Sunday: 11:00 to 17:00. Tuesday: closed 

Museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments

If you're looking into an insight into Greek culture, then this museum located in Plaka, Athens should be on your list of the best museums in Athens.

Inside the music museum in Athens

Housing a collection of Greek folk musical instruments, you can not only see how traditional Greek music is played, but also listen to recordings from different parts of Greece. It's very interesting to hear how the music from the Greek islands differs to that of the mountainous north of the country!

Athens War Museum

The Athens War Museum's exhibits span four floors and include pictures and artifacts from antiquity to the modern day.

Leftover military hardware from the Vietnam War in Saigon

The museum is split into a number of floors, each delving into different historical periods. The first floor is dedicated to antiquity, the Byzantine period and more recent history among other topics.

The following floor shows the military history of Greece, from its's days as a nation to the modern-day. There is also an amazing collection of weapons and arms from all over that cover periods dating back centuries.

One of the museum's exterior areas is dedicated to heavy artillery and military aircrafts used by the Greek Air Force. You can visit this part of the museum without entering inside.

The War Museum is probably not for everyone, but there is no denying that conflict has played an important part both in ancient Greece and in modern Greece.

You can find the War Museum on the opposite side of the road to the Cycladic Art museum.

Related: Best museums in Athens

A List Of Museums in Athens

This is where I face a bit of a problem.

Putting together a comprehensive list of museums in Athens is no easy task.

Part of the reason for this, is that some are run by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism, some by The City of Athens, and others run by who knows!

It goes without saying that there is no official list of all the museums in Athens. This is the real Greece baby!

Mycenae Treasure On display at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens

So, think of the list below not quite as the definitive one, but more of a work in progress.

As I discover more, I will add them to the list.

If you think I have left any out, or know of any I should add, then please leave a comment below.

The underlined museums are linked to full blog posts about each one. If you see a museum not underlined, that's because I haven't been there yet.

List of all the Museums in Athens

  1. Acropolis Museum – Permanent exhibitions featuring artifacts from the Acropolis hill.
  2. Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos – A small museum that displays findings from the ancient cemetery of Kerameikos.
  3. Epigraphical Museum – The museum's collection includes 14,078 Greek inscriptions from a wide range of periods from ancient times to the Late Roman period.
  4. Museum of Cycladic Art – The museum houses a notable collection of Cycladic artifacts.
  5. Museum of the Ancient Agora + Stoa of Attalos – The Museum presents finds dating from the Neolithic era to Ottoman rule.
  6. National Archaeological Museum of Athens – The Athens National Archaeological Museum is the largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the world's most esteemed museums dedicated to ancient Greek art.
  7. Museum of the Center for the Acropolis Studies – Found it listed somewhere. Not tracked it down as yet.
  8. Numismatic Museum of Athens – The Numismatic Museum of Athens is one of the most important museums in Greece, housing a collection with more than 500,000 coins and related objects dating as far back as 1800 BC.
  9. Syntagma Metro Station Archaeological Collection – The museum is located at the Syntagma metro station and features different historical items unearthed during the construction of the metro.
  10. Byzantine and Christian Museum (of Athens) – The Byzantine and Christian museum has a large collection of Byzantine art. There are more than 25,000 exhibits including rare collections of pictures, scriptures, frescoes, pottery, fabrics from the Byzantine Empire period.
  11. Benaki Museum -Main Building
  12. Eleftherios Venizelos Historical Museum
  13. Jewish Museum of Greece
  14. Museum of Pavlos and Alexandra Kanellopoulou
  15. Museum of the City of Athens
  16. National Historical Museum of Greece (Old Parliament House)
  17. Centre for the Study of Traditional Pottery
  18. Museum of Greek Folk Art
  19. Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum
  20. Museum of Popular Music Instruments
  21. Museum of the History of the Greek Costume
  22. Athinais Culture Center
  23. Bernier-Iliadis Gallery Museum
  24. City of Athens Cultural Center
  25. Design Museum of the 20th Century
  26. Frissiras Museum
  27. Gounaropoulos Museum
  28. Herakleidon Art Museum (Main Building)
  29. The Herakleidon Museum in Athens – Annex Building
  30. Museum of Engravings and Graphic Arts
  31. Marika Kotopouli Museum
  32. Haridimos Shadow Puppet Museum
  33. Municipal Gallery of Athens
  34. Museum of Children's Art in Plaka
  35. National Glyptotheque
  36. National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens
  37. Paxinou-Minotis Museum
  38. Pieridis Museum of Ancient Cypriot Greek Art & Contemporary Art
  39. The N. Chatzikiriakos-Gkikas Art Gallery
  40. Technopolis Industrial Gas Museum
  41. Theatrical Museum of Greece
  42. Zoumboulaki Gallery
  43. Athens War Museum
  44.  Museum of the Athens-Piraeus Electric Railways
  45. Museum of Anthropology, University of Athens
  46. Zoological Museum of the University of Athens
  47. Museum of Geology and Paleontology of the Athens University
  48. Athens University Museum
  49. Hellenic Children's Museum
  50. Postal & Philatelic Museum of Greece
  51. Deste Foundation (exhibition area)
  52. Drossinis Museum
  53. Spathario Museum
  54. Yiannis Tsarouchis Foundation Museum
  55. OTE Museum of Telecommunications, Kifisia
  56. Gaia Center
  57. Goulandris Natural History Museum
  58. Evgenidio Foundation (Planetarium and Science museum)
  59. Greek armored cruiser Georgios Averof
  60. Tactual Museum of Athens
  61. Archaeological (Piraeus)
  62. Archaeological Museum of Piraeus
  63. Municipal Art Gallery of Piraeus
  64. Panos Aravantinos Decor Museum
  65. Hellenic Maritime Museum (Piraeus)
  66. Hellenic Motor Museum – Get away from Ancient Greece and enjoy the cars and other vehicles at the Hellenic Motor Museum.
  67. The Bath House of the Winds (Annex of the Museum of Greek Folk Art)
  68. Museum on Panos Street (Another annex of the Museum of Greek Folk Art)
  69. Ai Stratis Political Exile Museum
  70. Makronisos Political Exile Museum
  71. Museum  of Greek Gastronomy
  72. Destroyer Velos D-16
  73. Museum of Criminology
  74. Atelier Spyros Vassiliou' Museum
  75. The Museum of Islamic Art in Athens (Benaki Museum in Kerameikos) – A fascinating collection of Islamic Art.

One of the interesting facts about ancient Greece is that the statues were not white, but painted as we can see here from this statue in the Acropolis Museum of Athens, Greece.


FAQ About Athens and Visiting Museums

Readers planning to visit Athens in Greece often ask questions such as this when planning an itinerary:

What should I not miss in Athens?

Apart from the obvious attractions such as the Parthenon and Acropolis, try to make time for some of the very interesting museums. The National Archaeological Museum is often overlooked, but is one of the best museums in the world.

Are the museums open in Athens?

Museums and other attractions in Athens are now open in 2021. Visitors are required to wear a mask at all times in indoor places such as museums, and social distancing is strongly encouraged.

Is the Acropolis Museum worth it?

The New Acropolis Museum is consistently voted highly in Tripadvisor surveys as a top contender for the best museum in the world. It is especially worth visiting with a guide who can explain the history of the Acropolis and show the permanent exhibition highlights of the museum.

Are museums free in Athens?

There are only a few free museums in Athens, however there are several days in the year when most of the museums in the city offer free entrance. These are: 6 March – In memory of the former Minister of Culture, Melina Mercouri, 18 April – World Heritage Day / International Day for Monuments and Sites, 18 May – International Museums Day, when all museums are free, The last weekend of September – European Heritage Days, 28 October – The “Ochi” public holiday, Every first Sunday of the month, from November to March.

Acropolis museum in Athens

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Dave is a Greek travel blogger and writer originally from the UK, and now living in Athens. In addition to this guide about museums and galleries in Athens, he's created many travel guides to destinations all over Greece. Follow Dave on social media for Athens travel ideas and more:

5 thoughts on “Museums in Athens – A Complete Guide”

  1. Hi, I have 2 for you : the Folklore Museum at Dribeti 2 (bus nr 509/507/535/536 from Plateia Kiffisias to busstop Kastro , hours Monday and Wed 09:00 – 20:00

    The Katakouzenos House at 5th floor, Leof Vas Amalias nr 4

    Both have websites.

    Greetings from Cape Town, I cant wait to be in Athens again, just 6 weeks to go

  2. Please add the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology (Kotsanas Museum) in Athens (
    Also, your list would be so much more useful if you would link all the museums directly from the list! Otherwise it is tedious to copy and past every one into Google to search for the website.
    But thanks for this comprehensive list!

  3. I am so glad you included Museum of Islamic Art in Athens in your list. As and added bones, on the top floor is a rather nice café for lunch or coffee. At least the café was there pre corvid. Enjoy the view.

  4. I loved the list of Museums. However I would like you to include another, interesting one I visited these days: its called Alex Mylona (a female artist) and located at the lower end of Ermou street near the little Asomaton church to your right in beautiful light green building. It houses interesting sculptures and paintings. And these days there is an extra tribute to the famous sculptor Tasos

    • Thank for letting me know about that one. I’ll check it out when I’m back in Athens in a few weeks and write it up!


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