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The first museum was on the Acropolis; it was completed in 1874 and underwent a moderate expansion in the 1950s. However, successive excavations on the Acropolis uncovered many new artifacts which significantly exceeded its original capacity.

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An additional motivation for the construction of a new museum was that in the past, when Greece made requests for the return of the Parthenon Marbles from the United Kingdom, which acquired the items in a controversial manner, it was suggested by some British officials that Greece had no suitable location where they could be displayed.

Creation of a gallery for the display of the Parthenon Marbles has been key to all recent proposals for the design of a new museum.

The Acropolis Museum

The design by Bernard Tschumi was selected as the winning project in the fourth competition

The collections of the museum are exhibited on three levels while a fourth middle level houses the auxiliary spaces such as the museum shop, the café and the offices.

The museum offers amazing view of the Parthenon. An informative video is playing on the top floor explaining the history during the ages.

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At the basement there is a glass floor from which you can see the digs under the museum.

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If you are visiting the museum with children, check Lego Acropolis for child centered activities. Kids will love it!

Slopes of the Acropolis museum:
The Archaic Acropolis Gallery
The Parthenon Gallery
Propylaia, Athena Nike, Erechtheion
From the 5th c. BC to the 5th c. AD

The ground floor Shop and Café, the purchase of a ticket is not required.
To the second floor Shop and Restaurant, a free admission ticket is required from the Ticket Desk.

Tel.: +30 210 9000900
More info: www.theacropolismuseum.gr 

The Benaki Museum ranks among the major institutions that have enriched the material assets of the Greek state. It is also the oldest museum in Greece operating as a Foundation under Private Law. Through its extensive collections that cover several different cultural fields and its more general range of activities serving more than one social need, the Benaki Museum is perhaps the sole instance of a complex structure within the broader network of museum foundations in Greece.

Mouseio Benaki Syntagma

Permanent collection:
This group of collections comprises many distinct categories totalling more than 40,000 items, illustrating the character of the Greek world through a spectacular historical panorama: from antiquity and the age of Roman domination to the medieval Byzantine period; from the fall of Constantinople (1453) and the centuries of Frankish and Ottoman occupation to the outbreak of the struggle for independence in 1821; and from the formation of the modern state of Greece (1830) down to 1922, the year in which the Asia Minor disaster took place.

Photographic Archives:
The Benaki Museum’s Photographic Archives Department was established in 1973 to collect, preserve and document photographs of Early Christian, Byzantine and post-Byzantine art and architecture. Since then the Department’s original scope has gradually been extended to cover images of Greece and its culture, as well as its history and contemporary society.
The Department now includes photographs depicting traditional trades, customs, and agricultural practices, the Occupation and post-war periods, social and cultural events, antiquities, Byzantine churches, neo-classical and traditional architecture and urban settlements.

Mouseio Benaki Syntagma

The Library was established in 1931, the year in which the Museum was donated and inaugurated. It has to date gathered more than 100,000 titles of books and periodicals, the content of which is related to the material in the Museum collections and covers the following topics: Greek history and art, folklore, intellectual life and religion, particularly during the period of Turkish rule and modern times. It also has noteworthy collections of books about Islamic art and the art of the Far East.

A dining area is located on the second floor and extends out to the terrace of the Neoclassical building, from which there is a panoramic view of the Acropolis, Lykabettus Hill and the National Gardens. Every Thursday the museum is open until midnight, allowing guests to experience dining in an elegant ambiance.

Wednesday, Friday: 9:00 - 17:00
Thursday, Saturday: 9:00 - 00:00
Sunday: 9:00 - 15:00

Full admission : € 9 Temporary Exhibition: € 7

Reduced admission
Full admission : € 7
Temporary Exhibition : € 5

Journalists : € 1

Combined Tickets:

• 20% discount on the total admission cost of Permanent and Temporary exhibition (Main Building & N. Hadjikyriakos-Ghika Gallery)
• 20% discount on the total admission cost of the permanent exhibitions on the day of the visit (Pireos St. Annexe)
• Ticket “The Benaki Museum Experience” priced at € 20 which entitles the visitor to one entrance per exhibition in all the Benaki Museum buildings, valid for 3 months

Free admission at the permanent exhibition:
Every Thursday excluding organised tours and guided group visits and the International Museum Day (May 18th) if the building is open

1 Koumbari St. & Vas. Sofias Ave. (Just 10 minutes walk from Athens flat)
tel 210 367 1000

More info at the official museum's website

The museum presents the modern history of Athens, Europe’s oldest and most famous city, since it became the capital of the newly founded Hellenic State in 1834 under the first royal couple, Otto and Amalia. Your tour will also include many other facets of Athenian history, culture and life. Several other collections and a series of typical late 19th century- early 20th century sitting and living rooms of the Athenian aristocracy complete the different aspects of our city offered by the Museum.

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The Museum has a Library and hosts in its Collections about 40.000 items ranging from antiquity to the 21st century, such as: Ancient Items, Books and Musical Texts, Byzantine, meta-Byzantine and ecclesiastical items, Sculptures, Stamps, Documents and Manuscripts, Glass, Porcelain and Ceramics, Recording Media, Metallurgy, Small Items, Memorabilia and Relics, Musical Instruments, Coins, Woodcraft and Furniture, Paintings and Engravings, Utensils, Fabrics, Embroidery, Apparel and Tapestry, Photographs and Photographic records.

Operating hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 09:00- 16:00
Saturday, Sunday: 10:00- 15:00
On Tuesdays the Museum remains closed.
The Museum also remains closed each year on the following dates: Jan. 1, Dec. 25, Dec. 26, Easter Sunday and the following Monday.

Entrance fee: € 5,00.
For pupils, students, senior citizens and groups over four persons: € 3,00.
Disabled persons: free.
For guided tours or school visits please call +30-210-3231387 & +30-210-3231397.

Address: 5-7 Paparrigopoulou str.
Closest Metro station is Panepistimio (red line). From your Athens flat apartment is about 20 minutes walk.

For more info please visit the museum’s official website 

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) covers an area of 210,000 sqm.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Designed by the architectural firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), the SNFCC is a multifunctional urban complex that includes new facilities for the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera, and the Stavros Niarchos Park.

Renzo Piano envisaged the SNFCC rising out of the ground like a dislodged piece of the earth’s crust. As a result, an artificial hill is constructed and the roof of both the library and the opera house is emerging from it maintaining the slope. The library is lower and the ‘hill’ concludes with the opera house. The roof of the library will be covered with ground material. On top of the opera house, there will be a canopy supported on thin steel columns. According to Piano, "the canopy represents a cloud hovering over the highest point of the hill"

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

It is a recreation destination as it offers environmentally sustainable education, arts, playground and an interesting architectural structure.

The National Library of Greece
The nearly 24,000 m2 (235,000 sq. ft.) building combines traditional with technological innovation, conservation with information and communication. A nationwide digitization project helps make heritage materials available to the public and offers access to the Library’s various collections. Connectivity with other libraries both nationally and globally allows the Library’s users access to material abroad that is relevant to Greece or Hellenism. In addition, a Business Center provides the public with an active hub for enterprise, knowledge, and innovation, offering computer workstations, laptops, and wireless connectivity.

Holdings include over 4,500 manuscript codices from the 9th to the 19th century and a rich variety of important historical documents and archives.

The Greek National Opera

 National Opera in Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Covering an area of 28,000 m2, the new premises of the Greek National Opera can only be compared with the most modern opera houses in the world. The high aesthetics and acoustics, as well as the installations of the Main Stage (Stavros Niarchos Hall, 1400 seats), bolster a high-calibre artistic program. Furthermore, the Alternative Stage (400 seats) is a hub of research and creativity in the field of education, community and contemporary artistic creation, with special emphasis in all forms of the musical theater.
More info and scheduled performances 

The Stavros Niarchos Park

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The Stavros Niarchos Park, a modern Landscape Architecture project has been designed in accordance with the principles of sustainability, ecosystems and the alternations of a place that is in constant evolution. It is a welcoming and open space, with plantings and a character that reflects the Mediterranean landscape.
Every Thursday at 13:00 there is a guided tour in English language.
Meeting point: Visitors Center (Evripidou & Doiranis, Kallithea)
Tour Duration: 90 '
Number of participants: 20 people

Please note
*The tour involves continuous walking down the Stavros Niarchos Park and the use of stairs. Estimated walking distance is calculated at 1 km.
*The tours at the Stavros Niarchos Park will be conducted under sufficient weather conditions.
*Τhe Stavros Niarchos Park is fully accessible for people with disabilities. For further information please check

Renting a bike
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Bikes is a short-term bicycle rental service for children and adults able to use a bicycle.

There are 50 adult bikes available distributed across the three bike stations around the SNFCC (Visitors Center, Agora, Rear Agora) and 25 kids' bikes at the Visitors Center. (fifteen 20-inch bikes for children aged 5–8 and ten 24-inch bikes for children aged 9–13)
The SNFCC Bikes have three speeds and are equipped with hub dynamo powered headlight and taillight, bell, saddle with adjustable height, short-term safety lock and basket for carrying light objects along.
Hours of operation are 09:00-21:00 daily.
Registration 3€
Rate per hour (€3/5/10/20 prepaid pack options) 1€

Μore info about bicycle rental

How to get there

For convenient access to and from the SNFCC, transportation by shuttle bus is available daily to visitors, free of charge. A minibus bearing the SNFCC logo departs from Syntagma Square (intersection with Ermou Street), with a stopover at the Syggrou-Fix Metro station (Syggrou Avenue), and arrives at the south side of the SNFCC Canal (near the GNO building) and vice versa.

On Sundays, from 10.00 to 13.00, the shuttle bus runs only from Syggrou-Fix to the SNFCC and vice versa, due to the scheduled changing of the Presidential Guard in front of the Hellenic Parliament. In the event of special traffic regulations the schedule of shuttle bus, might be modified accordingly.
See the time timetable and other ways

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Anafiotika is a scenic tiny neighborhood of Athens, part of old historical neighborhood of Plaka.

Anafiotika

Only 10 minutes walk from your apartment in Syntagma, it lies in northern east side of the Acropolis hill. First houses were built in the era of King Othon of Greece (1832 - 1862) when workers from the island of Anafi came to Athens in order to work as constructor workers in the refurbishment of King’s Palace. Soon, workers from other Cycladic islands also started to arrive there, to work as carpenters or even stone and marble workers.
The little streets are still unnamed and the houses are referred as "Anafiotika " (meaning “coming from Anafi”)
The neighborhood was built according to typical Cycladic architecture and even nowadays gives to visitors the feel of a picturesque Greek island in the heart of the city, with white walls and small spaces.
Houses are small and mostly cubic, small streets that often end up to ladders or even deadends at terraces, where one can sit and enjoy the night view of the city. "In this oasis of tranquility, nestled beneath the walls of the Acropolis, the intensity of Athens seems miles away"
Coming back to your contemporary Athens home you will have the feeling you have traveled the Aegean and tasted its salty aroma!

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The Byzantine and Christian Museum, which is based in Athens, is one of Greece’s national museums.

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Its areas of competency are centered on – but not limited to – religious artifacts of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods which it exhibits, but also acquires, receives, preserves, conserves, records, documents, researches, studies, publishes and raises awareness of.

The museum has over 25,000 artifacts in its possession. The artifacts date from between the 3rd and 20th century AD, and their provenance encompasses the entire Greek world, as well as regions in which Hellenism flourished. The size and range of the collections and value of the exhibits makes the Museum a veritable treasury of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art and culture.

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Permanent exhibitions:

THE BYZANTINE EMPIRE
I. From the ancient world to Byzantium
II. The Byzantine World
Intellectual and Artistic Activity in the 15th century
IV. From Byzantium to Modern Era
V. Byzantium and modern art

Temporary exhibition

DOCUMENTA 14
08 April 2017 until 17 July 2017
“When Elephants Fight, It is the Frogs That Suffer-A Sonic Graffiti”
The installation consists of 16 loudspeakers playing “a symphony of frogs croaking.” The sound archive is made of a) frogs croaking b) human voices imitating frogs croaking c) human voices reciting proverbs d) human voices reading parts of Aristophanes’ play “Frogs”. Both Aristophanes’ “Frogs” and Ben Patterson's earlier work “Pond” have influenced the development and the artistic result of this work.

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The gardens of the Byzantine Museum are an oasis in the heart of the city where visitors can take an imaginary journey through history and art. Seating areas are provided under the fruit trees, surrounded by aromatic herbs and fountains. Three small themed exhibitions of historic and archaeological interest are presented in the gardens:

  • The Well-Cistern, on how Athens was supplied with water from ancient times to the present;
  • Paradise, on the Byzantine concept of Paradise in life and the afterlife; and
  • The River Ilissos, on the development of the fluvial landscape on the banks of the Ilissos from antiquity to modern times.

The café-bistro «ILISSIA» is located in the garden of the Byzantine and Christian Museum, in the shadow of the Palace of the Duchess of Plaisance. In a pleasant and peaceful environment the visitor can enjoy coffee, disert or a light meal. ILISSIA can also accommodate special events, after consultation with the bistro management and the Museum’s Communication Office.

The café-bistro «ILISSIA» is open:
Monday: closed
Tuesday-Friday: 09.00-18.00
Saturday & Sunday: 09.00-19.00

Tickets:
General admission: 8 €
Free admission: under 18 years old

Address: Vasilisis Sofias 22 (Just 15 walk from Athens flat). Nearest Metro station is Evangelismos

Telephone: (+30) 211 012 0441-2 and (+30) 213 213 9607.

For more information visit museum's official website

The oldest house of Athens, a museum of itself.

The Benizelon Mansion

Built in the 16th century during Ottoman occupation, this mansion is the only surviving house of that period. It was home to the Benizelou family, and it is one of the Athenian noble mansions associated with the superior social group of Greek elders.
The mansion is a prominent secular monument for the history of the city from the 16th to the 18th century.

After a great restoration, it was conceded by the Ministry of Culture to  Holy Archdiocese of Athens, and it is now open to the public.
A series of museum interventions, visual material, video projections, audio applications and digital interactive exhibits provide information about the monument as well as the historical reality that created it.

No Entrance fee but you can contribute for charity

Address: Adrianou 96, Monastiraki
+30 2103248861

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The Numismatic Museum is one of the oldest public museums in Greece.It was established in 1834, the same year as the National Archaeological Museum.

Athens Numismatic Museum

The Numismatic Museum owns 500.000 acquisitions –mostly coins as well as medals, lead bullae, gems, weights, obeloi and talents- dated from the 14th century BC until today.

The richest collections are those of the ancient coins dated from the 6th century BC to the 5th century AD. These are the coins of the city-states, the kings and rulers of the ancient Greek and Hellenistic world, the Roman Republic, the Roman emperors and the Roman Imperial provinces.

Of similar importance are the collections of the Byzantine and Medieval coins dated from the 6th century to the 15th century. There is a large number of coins of the Byzantine empire and representative issues of all the emperors and mints, issues of states and monarchs of the Medieval West and East as well as issues of the Frankish kingdoms created in Greece since the 13th century.

The Numismatic Museum of Athens city

The period from the 15th to the 20th century is covered through the coins of most of the Modern and contemporary era states. An emphasis is shown to coins circulated in Greece, such as issues of the Ottoman empire, coins of European states and empires and coins and banknotes of the Modern Greek state.

In the garden of the Iliou Melathron there is a café, a small green oasis in downtown Athens. The garden, of 800m2, contains numerous plants of the Greek flora and is decorated with copies of ancient Greek statues.

Athens Numismatic Museum's garden cafe

The visitors to the Museum and others who spend time in the area can enjoy a pleasant break for coffee or light lunch in a serene and cool environment. Following contact with the person in charge of the Café and the Museum’s Public Relations office, the place can also accommodate special happenings.

On the first floor of the Iliou Melathron operates The Museum Shop and is open daily during the Museum’s visiting hours.

Here, exact copies of ancient Greek coins and jewelry, cards, notebooks and games are in offer as well as, digital publications and books of numismatic interest, for example, the Museum’s publications that refer to both the specialists in the field and to the general public.

Address: Panepistimiou 12 (just 10 minutes walk from your Athens flat apartment)

Telephones: +30210-3632057, +30210-3612834 and +30210-3612872

Opening hours:
Monday closed
Tuesday – Sunday 09:00 – 16:00
Last admission fifteen (15) minutes before closing

Holidays (closed): January 1st, March 25th, Orthodox Easter Sunday, May 1st, December 25-26th

Tickets: Full: €6, Reduced: €3
Special ticket package: Full: €15, Reduced: €8
(Valid for National Archaeological Museum, Byzantine & Christian Museum, Epigraphic & Numismatic Museum)

Access to Museum: Metro stations: Syntagma, Panepistimio - Trolleys nr.: 2, 3, 4, 11, 13

People with Disabilities: Lift for access to persons with kinetic problems

More info at museum’s official website 

The Jewish Museum is housed in a renovated neoclassical building of great architectural interest.

Jewish museum interiorThree of its four floors are divided into three consecutive levels, of unequal height. All the levels are arranged around a central octagonal shaft, which runs the height of the building, from the basement to the roof. Its glass dome allows natural light to flood through all the levels, while the Museum’s stairway winds around it in an anti-clockwise spiral from the bottom up. Following this upward spiral, the exhibition is divided into thematic units, one per level.
The visual result is an interesting and unusual environment, with a lot of angular shapes and structures, all around the central axis of the skylight.

The area is 800 square meters and houses a collection of more than 8,000 objects, most of them rare religious and domestic artifacts which record the history and tradition of the Greek Jews.
Besides the permanent exhibition, there is a temporary exhibitions area, a Contemporary Art Gallery, an educational programs area, a library, a cloakroom, storage facilities, a photographic archive and laboratory, a conservation laboratory, as well as office space.

 

Jewish museum interiorOpening hours
Monday to Friday: 9.00-14.30
Sundays: 10.00-14.00
Saturdays: closed

Admission fees: Adults 6 euros, students 3 euros
Guided tour fees for groups: 50 € (upon arrangement)

Address: 39 Nikis str., 105 58 - Athens
Tel: 210 3225582

If you also want to visit the synagogue there is one at 5, Melidoni St.
But due to security reasons, all visitors have to either show identification or send in advance a copy of their passport along with the dates of their visit to Fax: (+30) 210 322 0761

Synagogue Beth Shalom (sfardi):
Monday and Thursday mornings: 8:30
Friday evening:
Mincha at sunset, followed by Kabbalat Shabbat
Saturday morning: 8:30
Saturday afternoon: Mincha at sunset, followed by Azkarot and Arvit.
Tel: (+30) 210 3252 875 - 210 3252 823

More information at jewishmuseum.gr

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