Listed in the Top10 Museums of the world, this 14,000 sq.m. landmark is a trove of stunning sculptures and other treasures from the Acropolis. Its amazing transparent glass floor provides a walk over history, with a view of the archaeological excavation, while sloping upward to the Acropolis with sanctuaries of the Athenians from each historic period nearby.
Must see: The frieze of the Parthenon is mounted on a structure with exactly the same dimensions as the cella of the Parthenon, giving comprehensive viewing of every detail.
Info: 15 Dionysiou Areopagitou, Acropolis, 117 42
The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece and one of the most important in the world. His rich collections, enumerating more than 11,000 exhibits, offer the visitor a panorama of ancient Greek culture from the beginning of prehistory to the late antiquity.
Must see: The 'Mask of Agamemnon', the Santorini frescoes, the bronze Zeus or Poseidon and the 'Jockey of Artemision' are among the most popular exhibits.
Info: 44 Patision, Athens, 106 82
A battleship that became the undefeated symbol of a nation over 40 years of service to Greece.
Must see: It is the only armored cruiser in the world, so everything is a must-see.
Info: Marina Flisvos, Palio Faliro, 175 1
Interactive installations and video projections help you to navigate a profound world of ideas that has influenced modern thought and inspired humanity for two millennia, in this small, purpose-built museum on the grounds of Plato's Academy, now an archaeological park.
Must see: A digital replica of the cave, which Plato described in The Republic, likening uneducated minds to prisoners chained inside a cave, unable to think for themselves or discover their own path to enlightenment.
Info: 1 Alkmeonos, Akadimia Platonos, 104 42
The Museum of the Ancient Agora is housed in the reconstructed Stoa of Attalos, originally erected during the 2nd cent. Among its most important exhibits are the objects associated with the various departments of civic life and the institutions of the Athenian Democracy and are dated from the Classical and Late Classical periods.
Must see: A marble stele adorned with a relief showing the People (Demos) of Athens being crowned by Democracy and inscribed with a law against tyranny passed by the people of Athens in 336 BC.
Info: 24 Adrianou, Attalos Arcade Monastiraki, 105 55 Monastiraki / Psirri
"MELMOKE" comprises the collection of about 1200 Greek popular musical instruments dating from the 18th century to the present day.
Must see: The idiophones, a delightful collection of forged and cast bells, spoons, triangles, water whistles, metal cymbals, coins and semantiria. A library, a sound archive and the museum's archives are also available to the public.
Info: 1-3 Diogenous, Plaka, 105 56
The late Basil and Elise Goulandris' private art collection housed in this 11-storey museum opened in October 2019. The collection focuses on modern and contemporary art by Greek and foreign artists, including rare works by masters of the European avant-garde such as Cézanne, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Degas, Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, Picasso, Braque, Léger, Miró, Giacometti, Balthus, as well as works by distinguished modern Greek painters including Parthenis, Bouzianis, Vasileiou, Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, Tsarouchis, Moralis, Tetsis and others.
Must see: A luminous room of works on paper, by the likes of Giacometti, Miro and Matisse.
Info: 13 Eratosthenous, Pangrati, 116 35
EMST acquires, safeguards, preserves, documents, researches and exhibits work of contemporary Greek and international art. One of its founding goals is to promote innovative and experimental artistic movements and the production of audiovisual works via new media.
Must see: Among the most important acquisitions are works by Ilya Kabakov, Stephen Antonakos, Gary Hill, Nan Goldin, Vadim Zakharov, Gillian Wearing, Ann Sofi Siden, Vlassis Caniaris, Nikos Kessanlis, Dimitris Alithinos, Nikos Navridis, Joel Sanders, Allan Sekula, Costas Tsoclis, George Hadjimichalis, Chryssa, Yiannis Psychopedis, Andreas Angelidakis, Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis and Tessera.
Info: Kallirrois Avenue & Amvr. Frantzi Str,
This iconic building of 1860 houses exhibits of Greek history and culture from the prehistoric era to the 20th century.
Must see: Two 18th-century parlours from northern Greece, complete with carved wood panelling and gold trim ceilings.
Info: 1 Koumbari, Kolonaki, 106 74
The Museum of Cycladic Art is a living cultural institution in the centre of Athens that focuses on the promotion of the ancient civilizations of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic art of the 3rd millennium BC.
Must see: The nucleus of the Museum's Cycladic Art Collection is the marble figurines depicting naked human figures that fascinate the visitor with their simplicity and abstractness, elements that have inspired some of the 20th-century's greatest artists, such as Konstantin Brancusi, Amedeo Modigliani, Alberto Giacometti, Barbara Hepworth, and Henry Moore.
Info: 4 Neophytou Douka, Kolonaki, 106 74
This beautifully designed museum is a top venue for photography, design, architecture and fashion exhibitions. The Benaki Museum's Photographic Archives Department aims to collect, preserve and document photographs of Early Christian, Byzantine and post-Byzantine art and architecture. The Modern Greek Architecture Archives (M.G.A.A.) of the Benaki Museum objective is to collect all the diverse material (drawings, notes, publications, photographs, models etc.) related to the architecture and urban design of the neohellenic state, from its establishment in 1828 until today. All this material is recorded and classified in order to make it accessible to researchers.
Must see: The Modern Greek Architecture collection—the story of modern Athens through building design.
Info: 138 Pireos & Andronikou, Tavros, 118 54
House of collection of 20,000 vintage toys, games, children's books and clothing not only from Greece and the broader Greek world, but from Europe, America, Africa and the East as well and is one of the largest in Europe.
Must see: The building itself, an eclectic blend of Neo-Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau elements, flanked by two octagonal towers. Queen Olga's collection of authentic porcelain and ivory miniatures.
Info: 14 Posidonos & 1 Tritonos, Palio Faliro, 175 61
More than 100 collectible pinball (pinball) games from 1958 until the most modern ones, in excellent appearance and play condition. Daily entrance ticket provides a presentation of exhibits as well as unlimited play on all the machines without any further charge.
Must see: The 1994 Addams Family special collector's edition machine with real gold fittings.
Info: Dionysiou Areopagitou & 2 Makri, Koukaki, 11742
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