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MUSEUMS IN ATHENS & ATTICA
Mentioned below are the museums in Athens and the Attica region. For further information concerning the museums, the visiting hours and the entrance fees, contact their offices at the phone numbers indicated.

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  1. The National Archaeological Museum of Athens
  2. The Acropolis Museum
  3. The Archaeological Museum of Keramikos
  4. The Epigraphical Museum
  5. The Museum of the Ancient Agora (The Stoa of Attalos)
  6. The Byzantine and Christian Museum
  7. The Museum of Greek Folk Art
  8. The National Art Gallery and Alexandros Soutsos Museum
  9. The Nicholas P. Goulandris Foundation Museum of Cycladic Art
  10. The War Museum of Athens
  11. The Benaki Museum
  12. The Numismatic Museum of Athens
  13. The National Historical Museum of Athens
  14. The Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Museum
  15. The Goulandris Museum of Natural History
  16. The Nautical Museum of Greece
  17. The Archaeological Museum of Piraeus
  18. The Archaeological Museum of Eleusis
  19. The Archaeological Museum of Vravrona
  20. The Archaeological Museum of Marathon
THE NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF ATHENS

The National Archaeological Museum is the most significant museum in Greece with an extensive collection of ancient and historical artefacts.

Built in: 1866-1889
Collections and contents: Bronzes, Sculpture, Pottery and Minor Artefacts, Prehistoric Artefacts and Egyptian Art.
Additional activities: Short term exhibitions, lectures, educational programmes for elementary students, TOMBA project and museum shop.


The National Archaeological Museum of Athens
44, Patession Street, 10682, Athens Greece
Tel: (+30) 210 8217717, 210 8217724, Fax: (+30) 210 8213573
E-mail: protocol@eam.culture.gr

THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

At present it houses the ancient works of art of the Acropolis and is considered to be one of the most priceless archaeological museums in the world.

Built in: 1865-1874
Collections and contents: The Caryatids, Archaic Horsemen, Parthenon Pediments and Metopes, The Parthenon Frieze, The Erechtheion Frieze, Athena Nike Temple Frieze, Athena Nike Temple Parapets, Sculptural offerings of the Archaic period, Pediments of Temples dated to the Archaic period, Sculptures of the "Severe" style, Clay figurines and vases from the sanctuary of the Nymphs.


The Acropolis Museum
Acropolis site, Athens Greece
Tel: (+30) 210 3214172, 210 3236665, 210 9238724,
Fax: (+30) 210 9239023

THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF KERAMIKOS

The Archaeological Museum of Keramikos contains several precious artefacts from the Geometric and Archaic periods.

Built in: 1937, expanded in the 1960's
Collections and contents: Pottery and Marbles.


The Archaeological Museum of Keramikos
148, Ermou Street, Athens Greece
Tel: (+30) 210 3463552

THE EPIGRAPHICAL MUSEUM

The Epigraphical Museum houses many invaluable ancient inscriptions from Attica and from other areas in Greece. It is on the first floor of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.

Built in: Housed in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens (1866-1889), renovated and expanded 1953-1960. The museum was founded in 1885.
Collections and contents: Marble Inscriptions (decrees, laws, construction plans, alters, etc)
Additional activities: Educational programmes for students concerning the history of the Greek alphabet.


The Epigraphical Museum
1, Tositsa Street, 10682, Athens Greece
Tel: (+30) 210 8217637, 210 8232950, Fax: (+30) 210 8225733
E-mail: protocol@ema.culture.gr

THE MUSEUM OF THE ANCIENT AGORA
(THE STOA OF ATTALOS)

The museum was built inside the Attalos Stoa, which was constucted in 150 BC. The museum's displays are primarily concerned with democracy in Athens, due to the fact that the Agora was the center of Athens public life. The Stoa of Attalos was discovered during excavations that took place from 1859 to 1902.

Built in: 1953-1956
Collections and contents: Pottery, Sculptures, Clay Relics, Inscriptions, Bronzes, Amphorae, and an assortment of other small articles found during excavations.


The Museum of the Ancient Agora (The Stoa of Attalos)
The Agora, 10555, Athens Greece
Tel: (+30) 210 3210185

THE BYZANTINE AND CHRISTIAN MUSEUM

The Byzantine Museum contains artwork from the Byzantine and the Post-Byzantine Era (4th - 19th centuries).

Built in: "Ilisia" Mansion, built in 1848. The museum has been operating in the mansion since 1930.
Collections and contents: Icons, Carvings, Mosaics, Sculptures, Prints, Engravings, Lithographs, Manuscripts, Wall Paintings, Copies of Paintings and small objet d'art.
Additional activities: Special exhibitions, educational programmes for children of ages 10-15, museum library and museum shop.


The Byzantine and Christian Museum
22, Vasilissis Sophias Street, 10675, Athens Greece
Tel: (+30) 210 7211027, 210 7232178, Fax: (+30) 210 7231883
E-mail: protocol@bma.culture.gr

THE MUSEUM OF
GREEK FOLK ART

The Museum of Greek Folk Art deals with the general exhibition and study of Folk Art throughout Greece. Its art collection dates back to 1650.

Founded in: 1918. Housed in the Djami until 1973, when it was moved to its present location in Plaka.
Collections and contents: Pottery, Weavings, Embroidery, Visual and Audio Archives, Shadow Theater, Costumes, Stone Carvings, Silver and Metal Works, Paintings.
Additional activities: Special exhibitions, educational programmes, Seminars and Conferences, Publications and Research.


The Museum of Greek Folk Art
17, Kydathinaion Street, 10558, Plaka, Athens Greece
Tel: (+30) 210 3229031, Fax: (+30) 210 3226979
E-mail: meltl@melt.culture.gr

THE NATIONAL ART GALLERY AND ALEXANDROS SOUTSOS MUSEUM

It is the most significant museum of Greek and European Art in Greece. A large amount of the 9500 pieces of art work are donations.

Founded in: 1900. Has been in this particular building since 1976
Collections and contents: Paintings, Engravings, Sculptures, Furniture and Miniatures.
Additional activities: Museum library and restoration workshops.


The National Art Gallery and Alexandros Soutsos Museum
1, Michalakopoulou Street & 50, Vasileos Constantinou Street, 11528, Athens Greece
Tel: (+30) 210 7235857, 210 7216560, 210 7235937-8
Fax: (+30) 210 7224689, 210 7224889

THE NICHOLAS P. GOULANDRIS FOUNDATION MUSEUM OF CYCLADIC ART


THE NICHOLAS P. GOULANDRIS FOUNDATION MUSEUM OF CYCLADIC ART

The aim of the museum is the promotion and study of Ancient Greek and Cycladic culture.

Built in: 1986, expanded in 1991
Collections and contents: Cycladic Art: Marbles, Pottery, Sculptures and Metal Works. Ancient Greek Art: Statues, Bronzes, Pottery, Figurines, Sculptures, Metal and Glassware, Jewellery and Coins.
Additional activities: Short term exhibitions, educational programmes for students.


The Nicholas P. Goulandris Foundation Museum of Cycladic Art
4, Neophytou Douka Street, 10674, Athens Greece

The Stathatos House (new wing)
Vassilissis Sophias Ave & 1, Herodotou Street, Athens Greece
Tel: (+30) 210 7228321-3
E-mail: info@cycladic-m.gr, www.cycladic-m.gr

THE WAR MUSEUM OF ATHENS

Its objective is to document the history of war and the Greek struggle for freedom throughout the ages.

Built in: 1975
Collections and contents: War Artefacts and Displays from the following eras: The Stone Age, The Early Bronze Age, Prehistoric Times, The Byzantine Era, The Period of Frankish Rule, The Era of the Greek War of Independence, The New Greek State Era, The Balkan War Period, The WWI Period and The WWII Period.
Additional activities: Museum library.


The War Museum of Athens
Vasilissis Sophias Ave. & 2, Rizari Street, 10675, Athens Greece
Tel: (+30) 210 7290543-4, 210 7215035, 210 7244464, Fax: (+30) 210 7245838

THE BENAKI MUSEUM

The Benaki Museum has an extensive collection of historical artefacts from Prehistoric times, the Byzantine Era, the Post-Byzantine and Neo-Hellenic Era, as well as relics, objet d'art, fine art, Chinese art and Islamic art.

Built in: 1867-1868, with constant expansions until 1997.
Collections and contents: Pottery, Figurines, Jewellery, Sculpture, Coins, Marbles, Icons, Ceramic Objects, Manuscripts, Bronze Articles, Wood Carvings, Ecclesiastical Objects, Weapons, Personal Items of Historical Figures, Paintings, Engravings, Dolls and Toys, Curtains.
Additional activities: Special exhibitions, educational programmes for children, photographic archives, publications.


The Benaki Museum
1, Koubari Street & Vasilissis Sophias Ave., 10674, Athens Greece
Tel: (+30) 210 3671000, Fax: (+30) 210 3671063
E-mail: benaki@benaki.gr, www.benaki.gr

THE NUMISMATIC MUSEUM OF ATHENS

The Numismatic Museum of Athens is one of the few museums of its kind globally. Its aim is to acquaint the public with the historical significance and the artistry of coins.

Built in: The building was constructed in 1881. The museum was founded in 1829.
Collections and contents: Coins from Ancient Greek Times, The Roman Period, The Byzantine Era, Medieval Times, Modern Times, also Lead stamps, Hoards, Precious Stones, Medals, Weights, Literary work about numismatics and archaeology and Documentation.
Additional activities: Special exhibitions, publications, lectures, symposiums, and a preservation laboratory.


The Numismatic Museum of Athens
12, Eleftherios Venizelos Ave., 10671, Athens Greece
Tel: (+30) 210 3643774, 210 3612190, 210 3612519, Fax: (+30) 210 3635953
E-mail: protocol@nm.culture.gr

THE NATIONAL HISTORICAL MUSEUM

The National Historical Museum has a large collection of documentation and relics referring to the history of Modern Greece since the Fall of Constantinople in the 15th century.

Built in: The Old Parliament Building 1835
Collections and contents: An assortment of historical and cultural items.
Additional activities: Special exhibitions, publications, historical and photographic archives, museum library and a preservation laboratory.


The National Historical Museum of Athens
The Old Parliament Building - 13, Stadiou Street, 10561, Athens Greece
Tel: (+30) 210 3237617, 210 3237315, Fax: (+30) 210 3213786
E-mail: info@nhm.gr, www.nhm.gr

THE PAUL AND ALEXANDRA CANELLOPOULOS MUSEUM

The museum is home to a wide selection of artefacts dating back to Early Greek civilization up to the 19th century. It is located on the northern side of the Acropolis.

Built in: The building was constructed in 1864. The museum was founded in 1976.
Collections and contents: Vases, Figurines, Weapons, Jewellery, Busts, Coins, Statuettes, Sculpture, Inscriptions, Masks, Bronze Crosses, Lead Settings, Wood Carvings, Icons, Fabrics and Objet d'art.


The Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Museum
11742, Athens, Greece
Tel: (+30) 210 3212313

THE GOULANDRIS MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

The museum's aim is to promote natural sciences and to educate the public on the protection of the environment and of wildlife.

Built in: 1965
Collections and contents: Mammals, Reptiles, Birds, Insects, Rocks, Minerals, Shells, Fossils and Plants.
Additional activities: Special exhibitions, lectures, educational programmes, seminars, publications and laboratories.


The Goulandris Museum of Natural History
13, Leveidou Street, 14562, Kifisia, Athens, Greece
Tel: (+30) 210 8015870, 210 8086405, 210 8087345, Fax: (+30) 210 8080674

THE NAUTICAL
MUSEUM OF GREECE

The Nautical Museum possesses a marvellous collection of relics and works of art that date back to prehistoric times up to modern times.

Founded in: 1949, located in Piraeus since 1971
Collections and contents: Paintings, Models, Nautical Instruments, Flags, Guns, Maps and Medals.
Additional activities: Museum library, audio and visual archives, map archives, special exhibitions, lecture, functions.


The Nautical Museum of Greece
Akti Themistokleous Street, 18537, Freattyda, Piraeus, Greece
Tel: (+30) 210 4516822, 210 4516264, Fax: (+30) 210 4516822

THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF PIRAEUS

The Archaeological Museum of Piraeus contains ancient objects from excavations carried out in the Piraeus area.

Built in: 1935, expanded in 1966
Collections and contents: Sculptures, Pottery, Reliefs, Statues and Gravestones


The Archaeological Museum of Piraeus
35, Charilaou Trikoupi Street, 18536, Piraeus Greece
Tel: (+30) 210 4521598, 210 4518388

THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF ELEUSIS

The Archaeological Museum of Eleusis houses ancient Greek and Roman findings from excavations in the Eleusis area and from the Temples that stood in the Eleusis archaeological site.

Built in: 1889
Collections and contents: Amphorae, Statues, Reliefs, Inscriptions and Marbles.


The Archaeological Museum of Eleusis
Eleusis, Attica Greece
Tel: (+30) 210 3463552

THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF VRAVRONA

The Archaeological Museum of Vravrona has a collection that includes ancient artefacts from excavations in the surrounding areas and from the Temple of Artemis.

Built in: 1956
Collections and contents: Sculptures, Statues, Reliefs, Pottery and an assortment of ancient objects.


The Archaeological Museum of Vravrona
19003, Markopoulo, Mesogeia, Attica Greece
Tel: (+30) 22990 27020

THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF MARATHON

The Archaeological Museum of Marathon is home to a wonderful collection of ancient Greek and Neolithic relics.

Collections and contents: Pottery, Statues, Reliefs, Inscriptions and finds from the Battle of Marathon.


The Archaeological Museum of Marathon
114, Plataion Street, 19007, Vranas, Marathon, Attica Greece
Tel: (+30) 22940 55155



There are many other museums in Attica worth visiting during your stay:

The Center of Acropolis Studies, The Byzantine Museum of Athens,The Railway Museum of Athens, The Museum of Engravings and Graphic Arts, The Museum-Art Collection of the National Bank, The Philatelic Museum, The Museum and Study Center of the Greek Theater, The Gallery of the Municipality of Athens, The Center for the Study of Traditional Pottery, The Museum of Popular Instruments Research Center for Ethnomusicology, The Museum of the History of the Greek Costume of the Lyceum Club of Greek Women, The Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum, The Jewish Museum of Greece, The Frissiras Museum, The Pierides Museum Of Ancient Cypriot Art, The Mineralogical Museum of Lavrion, The Gounaropoulos Museum of the Municipality of Zografou, The Marika Kotopouli Museum, The Spathareion Museum of the Shadow Theater, The Vorres Museum, The Dimitris Pierides Museum of Contemporary Art, The Municipal Gallery of Piraeus.


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