Museums

Attica & Athens are home to some of the world’s most important and fascinating museums, testimony to its long and prominent role in world history.

But don’t limit yourself to the Parthenon! Attica is dotted with archaeological sites of every size and description, as well as countless captivating museums. Some of the more prominent specialized museums include the Christian Museum, the National Historic Museum and the Marine Museum in Piraeus. Thematic museums also abound, notably the Children’s Museum, the Folklore Musical Instruments Museum of Plaka, the National Gallery and the Lavrion Mineralogical Museum.

History is literally at the fingertips of all of Attica’s & Athens’ visitors, There’s something for everyone, so be sure to budget your time and choose carefully the museums you visit.

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Acropolis Museum

Athens

With an underground station conveniently located at its front entrance, the new Acropolis Museum is home to the most important artefacts found on the ‘sacred rock’....

Benaki Museum

Athens

In 2000, the main building re-opened, after years of renovation. The centerpiece of the Benaki Museum, it aims to present the historical and cultural development of Hellenism within its...

Cycladic Art Museum

Athens

The Cycladic Art Museum, located near Syntagma Square at 4 Neophytou Douka Street, houses the world’s largest collection of artefacts of Cycladic and Greek art....

Byzantine Museum

Athens

The Byzantine and Christian Museum on Vasilissis Sofias Street is one of the most important Byzantine and post-Byzantine museums in the world, with over 25,000 objects dating from the 2nd century...

Maritime Tradition Museum

Piraeus, South Suburbs

The Greek Maritime Tradition Museum is a non-profit organization that celebrates Greece’s maritime history and traditions....

Numismatic Museum

Athens

Founded in 1834, the Numismatic Museum houses one of the oldest public collections in the world and contains over 500,000 coins and medals dating from the 14th century BC until today....

National Museum of Contemporary Art

Athens

Temporarily located in the National Conservatory near Rigillis Square, the National Museum of Contemporary Art will soon return to Sygrou Avenue, on the site of a converted brewery....

Bouboulina Museum

Bouboulina Museum

Athens

About 100 metres behind the port of Dapia in the residence of Laskarina Bouboulina, heroine of the Revolution of 1821, lies the Bouboulina Museum....

Hydra History Archives Museum

Hydra

Located on the eastern side of the port a short distance from the coastguard headquarters, this museum was originally given to the municipality in 1918 and later transferred to the Greek state by...

Hellenic Maritime Museum

Piraeus, South Suburbs

Founded in 1949, the Hellenic Maritime Museum has operated since 1971 from its current location at the edge of the Freatida Cove....

GAEA Centre at the Goulandris Museum

North Suburbs

Founded in collaboration with London’s Natural History Museum, this contemporary museum in Kifissia houses state-of-the-art interactive exhibits covering a wide variety of environmental themes....

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Herakleidon Museum

Athens

Opened on the eve of the 2004 Olympic Games, the Herakleidon Experience in Visual Arts showcases cutting-edge work by new and established artists....

Archaeological Museum of Eleusis

West Suburbs

Located near the Lycurgan cross-wall that separated the ancient sacred site from the main city of Eleusis, this small museum is the result of a large archaeological excavation....

Jewelry Museum Lalaounis

Jewelry Museum Lalaounis

Athens

Founded in 1993 by a renowned family of jewellers, the museum officially opened in 1994. Housed in a 1930s building on Kallisperi Street, the facility was previously home to the family’s workshops....

Tactual Museum

South Suburbs, Spetses

Founded in 1984, the museum gives the visually impaired, as well as everyone else, the opportunity to literally feel the greatness of ancient Greece....

Archaeological Museum of Poros

Poros

Given to the Greek state by the family of former Prime Minister Koryzis in 1941, the museum was built in the 1960s at the site of the old Koryzis residence....

Archaeological Museum of Piraeus

Piraeus, South Suburbs

Covering some 1,400 square metres, the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus houses an amazing array of artefacts, dating from prehistoric times to the early Christian era....

Archaeological Museum of Vravrona

East Suburbs

Built in the late 1960s to house artefacts from excavations at the sanctuary of Artemis in Vravrona, this small museum is located less than one kilometre from the Vravron archaeological site....

Tzistarakis Mosque

Athens

Built in 1759 by the governor Tzistarakis during the second period Ottoman occupation (1689-1821), the Tzistarakis Mosque is one of the few Muslim monuments remaining in Athens....

The Averof Battleship

Athens

Built in Italy and bought by the Greek government in 1909, this 10,000-ton armoured cruiser boasted the most modern weaponry of its time....

War Museum

Athens

In 1964, the Greek state decided to establish a museum to honour those who fought for the Greek independence throughout its long history....

Electrical Railway Museum

Piraeus, South Suburbs

Established in 2005, the Electric Railways Museum is located inside the Piraeus metro station and houses over 2,000 exhibits and 3,000 books, all covering the history of the electric railway in Greece....

Epigraphic Museum

Athens

The Epigraphical Museum is overseen by the Ministry of Education. It displays over 14,000 ancient Greek inscriptions describing every aspect of private and public life; they form a key basis of...

Frissiras Museum

Athens

Founded in 2000 by Vlassis Fryssiras, this museum of contemporary art is housed in two beautiful neoclassical buildings on Monis Asteriou Street in Plaka....

Goulandris Museum of Natural History

North Suburbs

The Goulandris Museum of Natural History is a non-profit charitable foundation, dedicated to the study, preservation and protection of Greece’s natural environment....

Georgios Drossinis Museum

North Suburbs

Dedicated to the Greek poet, writer, journalist and social activist Georgios Drossinis, this museum is located in the centre of Kifissia, where the poet lived in later years....

Hellenic Air Force Museum

Athens

Showcasing the century-long history of the Hellenic Air Force, from the Balkan Wars to the present, the museum also exhibits military aircraft from around the world....

History and Folklore Museum

Aegina

Housed in a neoclassical building in Aegina, this former residence of scholar Panagis Iriotis was given to the municipality of Aegina by his daughter, Polymnia....

Hellenic Motor Museum

Athens

The Hellenic Motor Museum is situated in the heart of Athens near the National Archaeological Museum, in the Athenian Capitol cultural, leisure and commercial complex....

Jewish Museum of Greece

Athens

The Jewish Museum of Greece was founded in 1977 by the Jewish community of Athens. Housed at the  Melidoni Street Synagogue, this small museum contains objects from World War II and the everyday...

Kifissia Archaeological Collection

North Suburbs

Opened in 2004, the Kifissia Archaeological Collection is located in a 1930s house, with exhibits on the main floor and an archaeological laboratory below ground level....

Melina Merkouri Art and Concert Hall

Hydra

Named in honour of Greek actress and politician Melina Merkouri, the Art and Concert Hall of Hydra is located on the port’s promenade, just west of the statue of Andreas Miaoulis....

Museum of Greek Children’s Art

Athens

Located in a 19th-century building at 9 Kodrou Street in Plaka, the Museum of Greek Children’s Art is easily accessible from the metro stations serving the area near Syntagma Square....

OTE Telecommunications Museum

North Suburbs

Explore exhibits highlighting the crucial role of telecommunications in Greek history. You’ll find all of man’s remote communication attempts explained here: from antiquity to the age of the...

Ilion Folklore Museum

West Suburbs

The Ilion Folklore Museum, which opened in 1997, displays an extensive collection of traditional Greek costumes, photographs, maps, domestic utensils, clay tools, glass, and other everyday items...

Museum of Traditional Pottery

Athens

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Museum Vorres

East Suburbs

The Vorres Museum and its collections pack more than 3,000 years of Greek history into a six-acre complex of buildings, courtyards and gardens....

National Gallery

Athens

Established in 1900, the National Gallery moved frequently before settling in its permanent home on Vasilos Konstantinou and Vasilissis Sofias Streets....

Panos Aravantinos Museum of Set Design

Piraeus, South Suburbs

Housed at the Municipal Theatre, this museum’s main entrance is on Ag. Konstantinou Street. Bequeathed to the municipality of Piraeus by artist Panos Aravantinos upon his premature death in 1930...

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Peiraios Street Cultural Centre

Athens

The multi-dynamic Peiraios Street Cultural Centre is an industrial building of the 1960’s transformed into a modern museum space, which includes a central atrium, a 400-seat amphitheatre,...

Piraeus Municipal Gallery

Piraeus, South Suburbs

Opened in 1957, the Piraeus Municipal Gallery features theatrical costumes, photographs, programmes, and other theatrical material. While its permanent home at the Old Post Office is currently...

Spathareio Shadow Theatre Museum

North Suburbs

Working in collaboration with the municipality of Maroussi, the famous shadow-theatre artist Eugene Spatharis created a permanent home for Karagiozis (a traditional figure in Greek folklore)....

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Al. Kondopoulos Museum

North Suburbs

From 1967 to 1975, this unique museum in Agia Paraskevi was home to Alekos Kondopoulos (1904-1975), a 20th-century artist and leader of the Greek struggle for liberation....