10 Best Museums in Athens Make Points of Interest for Visitors, Locals



Museums in Athens are landmarks for the city and points of attractions for visitors and locals. The choice is wide and the subject varied, from archeology and history to art,  jewelry and more. Most are in the center of the city and easily accessible, whilst most archeological sites have their own museum close by, specializing in the local finds. Sightseeing in Athens would definitely include visits to one or more museums, depending on how much time is available and also on personal preferences. The Acropolis Museum is a must see, where inside the modern exterior visitors can discover the ancient aesthetic wisdom of the Acropolis and feel the atmosphere of ancient Athens. The three Benaki museums are also of great interest , each specializing in certain subjects and each with its own unique personality. The museum of Cycladic Art is  dedicated to the ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus with Cycladic Art as the focus. The National Archeological Museum,  the largest museum in Greece, offers a panoramic experience of Greek civilization from prehistory to late antiquity. The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum is a unique cultural institution and the first jewelry museum in Greece promoting the art of jewelry internationally. The collections of the Byzantine and Christian museum include icons, sculptures, manuscripts from the Byzantine and later periods. The Goulandris Natural History Museum in Kifissia is especially attractive for kids, the Archeological Museum of Piraeus hosts interesting findings from the specific area, the Numismatic Museum is all about coins, seals, medals and currency from ancient times, the National Historical Museum is the place to visit if you are interested in recent Greek history.


Archeological Museum of Piraeus
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The Archeological Museum of Piraeus was founded in 1966 and hosts findings from Piraeus and neighboring areas, such as Salamina and Varkiza, many of which are from donations from private collections and also many objects from excavations, by...  Read More




The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum is a unique cultural institution and the first jewelry museum in Greece promoting the art of jewelry internationally. The permanent exhibition displays 3000 selected pieces of jewelry and microsculpture and...  Read More




The Goulandris Museum of Natural History in the suburb of Kifissia is centered on the study, conservation and protection of the natural environment, and is one of the top museum visited by schoolchildren throughout the year. Visitors of all ages...  Read More




The National Historical Museum was founded in 1884 and is located in the building of the old parliament of Athens. Visitors can see an extensive collection of archives of historical documents covering the period from the 15th to the 20th...  Read More


Numismatic museum


The Numismatic Museum is situated very close to Syntagma, in a renovated classical building which was the home of the renowned German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann, who discovered the ruins of ancient Troy. Decorated with murals and mosaics,...  Read More




The Byzantine and Christian Museum was founded in 1914 and is one of the most important national museums in Greece. The objects which are collected on the premises and are organized in collections are more than 30.000 and dare from the 3rd up to...  Read More




The Museum of Cycladic Art, is a great little gem museum in the heart of Athens, housing one of the most important collections of Cycladic Art in the world, as well as an impressive collection of Ancient Greek and Cypriot Art. Founded in 1986,...  Read More




The Benaki Museum, actually consists of three separate museums, each specializing in certain subjects and each with its own unique personality. Visit the oldest and main building on Koubari 1, right opposite the National Park, for the...  Read More




The National Archeological Museum, the largest museum in Greece with more than 11.000 exhibits, offers a panoramic experience of Greek civilization from prehistory to late antiquity. Numerous galleries house five permanent collections, amongst...  Read More


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The Acropolis Museum , is an absolute must see. Inside the modern exterior visitors can discover the ancient aesthetic wisdom of the Acropolis and feel the atmosphere of ancient Athens. The Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis, the Archaic...  Read More


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Born and bred in Athens, Nelly went on the move after finishing high school and spending some years working in textiles.  For her, Italy was the next chapter. But, after 12 years, it was back...  More About Nelly

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