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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 

A small but fascinating museum for music lovers, with free entrance.

musical instrument museum athensThe Museum of Popular Music Instruments “MELMOKE” is housed in an old Athenian mansion built in 1842, since June 1991 and presents the results of a half century of research and study by the musicologist Fivos Anoyanakis.

The collection of about 1200 Greek popular musical instruments dating from the 18th century to the present day are exposed mainly on the basis of their ethnological and musical interest.

The display is arranged according to instrumental types, accompanied by explanatory labels in two languages (Greek and English). Earphones beside the show – cases enable the visitor to listen to musical examples of the sound, musical range, playing techniques and combinations of the displayed instruments.

At the Museum shop, you can find excellent replicas as well as original musical instruments.

Some recitals of Greek traditional music are given in the garden of the Museum.

OPENING HOURS

Tuesday-Thursday-Friday-Saturday-Sunday: 10:00-14:00
Wednesday: 12:00-18:00
Monday: Closed
FREE ENTRANCE

Diogenous 1-3, Plaka
Athens 105 56
Tel: +030 210 3254119, +030 210 3254129

More information at athensmuseums.net

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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.

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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.

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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 National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece and one of the world's greatest museums.

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Although its original purpose was to secure all the finds from the nineteenth century excavations in and around Athens, it gradually became the central National Archaeological Museum and was enriched with finds from all over Greece. Its abundant collections, with more than 11,000 exhibits, provide a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of Prehistory to Late Antiquity.

The museum is housed in an imposing neoclassical building of the end of the nineteenth century, which was designed by L. Lange and remodelled by Ernst Ziller.
At the front of the museum there is a large neo-classic design garden which is decorated with sculptures.

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The vast exhibition space - numerous galleries on each floor accounting for a total of 8,000 square metres - house five large permanent collections:
The Prehistoric Collection, which includes works of the great civilizations that developped in the Aegean from the sixth millennium BC to 1050 BC (Neolithic, Cycladic, Mycenaean), and finds from the prehistoric settlement at Thera.
The Sculptures Collection, which shows the development of ancient Greek sculpture from the seventh to the fifth centuries BC with unique masterpieces.
The Vase and Minor Objects Collection, which contains representative works of ancient Greek pottery from the eleventh century BC to the Roman period and includes the Stathatos Collection, a corpus of minor objects of all periods.
The Metallurgy Collection, with many fundamental statues, figurines and minor objects.
And, finally, the only Egyptian and Near Eastern Antiquities Collection in Greece, with works dating from the pre-dynastic period (5000 BC) to the Roman conquest.

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Opening hours from April 1st 2017 until October 31st 2017:
Monday: 13:00 – 20:00, Tuesday – Sunday: 08:00 - 20:00
The National Archaeological Museum is closed on 25 - 26 December, 1 January, 25 March, Orthodox Easter Sunday and 1 May.

Admission fee: 10 Euro
Reduced admission fee: 5 Euro
(for students from Universities of non European Union countries by showing their University Card and for citizens aged over 65 years old from countries of the European Union by showing their ID or Passport)
Special ticket package:
Valid for National Archaeological Museum, Byzantine & Christian Museum, Numismatic Museum and Epigraphic Museum (duration 3 days)
Full: 15 Euro - Reduced: 8 Euro

Free entrance:
visitors under 18 years old (by showing their I.D. or Passport)
students from E.U. countries (by showing their University Card)
admission card holders (Free Entrance Card, ICOM, ICOMOS)
guides (by showing their professional card)
members of Societies of Friends of Museums and Archaeological Sites of Greece, by showing their membership card
escort of blind people and escort of persons with mobility difficulties
Entrance is free to all visitors on the following days:
. 6 March (Memory of Melina Mercouri)
. 18 April (International Monument Day)
. 18 May (International Museum Day)
. the last weekend of September (European Days of Cultural Heritage)
. 28 October (National Holiday)
. the first Sunday of the month for the period between 1 November and 31 March
Clearance of the galleries begins 20 minutes before closing time. Essential work may necessitate closing galleries without previous notice.

Phone: 21 3214 4800
Public transit access: Victoria metro station, Omonia metro station, 
Official museum's website
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The Museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium BC.

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It was founded in 1986, to house the collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris. Since then it has grown in size to accommodate new acquisitions, obtained either through direct purchases or through donations by important collectors and institutions.

CYCLADIC CULTURE
The Cycladic civilization flourished on the islands of the central Aegean during the Early Bronze Age (3rd millennium BC). The MCA maintains one of the largest and most complete collections of Cycladic antiquities in the world, with representative samples of marble figurines and vases, bronze weapons and tools and pottery of all phases of the Early Cycladic period.

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The Collection Cycladic Antiquities Museum of Cycladic Art is set on the first floor of the building of the permanent collections and opened in 1986. It includes a large number of high quality marble figurines and vases, some of the earliest bronze objects in the Aegean pottery everyday and ritual use, etc. most of which are placed in the 3rd millennium BC It also includes:

highly sculptured marble bottles, plates, cups and zoomorphic vessels,
marble standards,
metal objects, such as bronze tools and weapons, leaden figurines and a small silver vessel,
symbolic objects such as frying vessels, which are decorated with incised motifs reminiscent of the sea, the stars and female fertility,
the so-called "Treasure of Keros".
One of the most important objects exposed here is the NG 724 female figurine Early Cycladic II period, with a height of 1.40 meters. This makes it the second largest in the world and known as "Vase Pigeon" (NG 329), held also prominently in the report, is the largest and most complete example poppet plate sculpted birds have been found to date.

Permanent exhibitions:

CYPRIOT CULTURE
The Thanos N. Zintilis Collection of Cypriot Antiquities, one of world’s most important, was added to the permanent collections of the Museum of Cycladic Art in 2002 on a long-term loan and presented to the public for the first time in 2004. Completed in 2012 and based on a new museographical study, the display showcases 550 (previously 400) objects dating from the Chalcolithic to the Byzantine, Medieval, and Modern periods, grouped according to time period and category.

The new display uses contemporary museological approach (in design, colour, lighting, and presentation of the exhibits on relevant illustrated surfaces) to highlight the rich in style, decoration, and imaginative shapes Cypriot pottery (utilitarian, storage, and table wares) of the prehistoric and historic periods, which represent the collection’s core.

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ANCIENT GREEK ART
The permanent exhibition on the 4th floor of the Main Building tries to transform our knowledge about daily life in antiquity (as provided by ancient texts and archaeological objects) into vivid images.

Visitors are invited into a virtual tour in time and space: the tours starts from the world of the supernatural (gods) and the myth (heroes), goes through the realm of Eros, follows the activities of everyday women and men in their private and public life, explores their religious behaviour, and concludes with their attitudes against death and their beliefs about afterlife and the Underworld.

One hundred forty two objects - mostly dating to the Classical και Hellenistic periods (5th-1st c. BC) - are grouped in nine separate units treating the following thematic areas:
- Gods and Heroes
- On the wings of Eros
- Toiletry and wedding
- Female activities
- Athletics
- The Symposium
- In the Athenian Agora
- Warfare
- Taking care of the deceased

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The exhibition is supported by ample graphics which are meant both to increase the overall aesthetic effect and to enhance public understanding of the various artifacts and their function.

Each showcase has a frieze of drawings accompanied by explanatory texts which provide as much information as possible about the particular subject. In order to increase the educational character of the exhibition, two short movies, have been made, using advance shooting and sound-recording techniques. In the first movie, we see scenes from the life of a man, named Leon: his birth and childhood, his involvement in sporting activities, his military training, his participation in public affairs, the preparations for his marriage to Melite, and, finally, his departure for war. The second movie focuses on the death of the protagonist, as his relatives pay him the customary honours at his funeral. The tour concludes with a hypothetical painted reconstruction of an ancient 5th c. BC town (demos) on the coast of Attica, where the hero was born, lived and died, according to the scenario of the films.

The gift shop
At the basement, there is a gift shop where you can find excellent replicas and many interesting books.

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The Cafe
The rich light and dense vegetation in the Café’s entrance create the wonderful sense of a garden situated within the city. The evocative floating
façade-sculpture by Stelios Kois, a trademark of the new Cycladic Café, generates a subtle interplay of light and shadow, while the lighting design by Eleftheria Deko complements the natural sunlight that floods the entrance’s space during the day.

Address: Neophytou Douka 4, Athens (Just 15 minutes walk from Athens flat)
Telephone: (+30) 210 7228321-3

Opening Hours

Monday - Wednesday - Friday - Saturday: 10:00 to 17:00
Thursday: 10:00 to 20:00
Sunday: 11:00 to 17:00
Tuesday: closed

Admission Tickets

General Admission (except for Monday): €7

General Admission Deste Prize 2017: €3.50

Monday General Admission
€3.50 {Permanent Collections}
€5 {Permanent & Temporary Exhibitions}

Reduced entrance fees
- seniors (over 65)
€3,50 (Permanent Collections) | €5 (Permanent & Temporary Exhibitions)
- students, 19-26 years old
€3,50 (Permanent Collections) | €5 (Permanent & Temporary Exhibitions)
- groups of 15 or more 5€ (each)

Free admission
- kids and young persons under 18
- visitors with disabilities and their companion
- members of the MCA
- archaeologists
- archaeology and art history students
- members of ICOM - ICOMOS
- journalists
- qualified guides
- teachers accompanying school-classes participating
in educational programmes
- parents accompanying their kids for the
Saturday’s & Sunday's programme

*Last Entrance: 15 minutes before the Museum get closed

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 Benaki Toy Museum opened to the public in 2017.

Benaki Toy Museum kids will love it

Its holdings, based on the collection of Maria Argyriadi that is among the most important in Europe, include toys, books, ephemera, clothing and other items associated with childhood from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.

The Greek collection features toys and other items for infants and children dating from antiquity to modern times: handmade traditional toys, fairground and commercially-produced toys, board games and group street games as well as childhood customs. A special display showcases toys made by members of Social Clubs for the Elderly based on memories from their childhood.

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The European collection includes urban and folk toys between the 18th and 20th centuries, mostly from England, France and Germany, as well as European-made dolls dressed in traditional costume from various areas of Greece.

The Benaki Toy Museum is housed in an eclectic-style building dating from 1897–1900. It was donated by Vera Kouloura in accordance with the wishes of her husband, Captain Athanasios Koulouras, a benefactor from the island of Hydra. The building’s architecture combines neo-Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau elements.The Benaki Toy Museum in Faliro

Visiting hours from Thursday 26/10/17:
Thursday - Friday - Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00

Full Admission: 9€
Reduced Admission: 7€

How to get there

Buses: 217, 550, 860, A1, B1, B2

Tram from Syntagma square (TROKANTERO station)

DISABLED ACCESS

Visitors on a wheelchair or with baby strollers can use the entrance on Tritonos street.

CONTACT
Tel.: 213 0258498
Official website

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Goulandris Museum of Natural History is a magical place for children. Visitors can admire the rich collection of life-sized animal replicas.

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One thing is certain … children of all ages will hold their breath while older visitors will find the museum really educational.
A visit to the Goulandris Museum of Natural History is a great opportunity for children to come into contact with the animal and plant kingdoms and understand the interaction of ecosystems.

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Children will be impressed by the life sized exhibits, which even include mammals.

Goulandri Museum Of NaturalHistory-Gaia permanent exhibition

The exhibition at the Gaia Centre aims to provide information about the way our planet works and mankind’s influence on it. Its ultimate goal is to educate visitors about our planet’s resources and improve visitors’ ecological consciousness. Gaia Center demonstrates to visitors the way planet Earth has been functioning for millions of years and how it functions today, with the interventions of modern people.
It is highly recommended that you visit the Goulandris Museum of Natural History around Christmas, if it happens to be in Athens.

Tuesday to Friday 09:00-14:30
Saturday 09:30-16:00
Sunday 10:00-16:00
Monday and Public Holidays Closed
Prices
Standard: 6€
Children over 5 years old: 4€
Children under 5 years old: Free

Please check with the museum about hours of operation, timetables for the shows as well as ticket prices and availability. Contact the museum: by  email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ot tel: (+30)2108015870, 

http://www.gnhm.gr/en/visit/information/

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The Industrial Gas Museum opened its doors to the public in 2013. The main objective of the Museum is the promotion and protection of the old Athens Gasworks plant, an industrial heritage monument that supplied energy and lighting in the Athens metropolitan area for 130 years.

The Industrial Gaz Museum in Athens

The visit to the Museum includes a museum path with 13 stops in specific areas of the factory. The museum path tour helps the visitor follow the gas production line, admire the mechanical equipment and the old machinery, learn about the role played by the management and workers of the factory, find out about the work conditions and become familiar with terms such as industrial heritage and archaeology.

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The Museum has a rich collection of photographs and archive material as well as audiovisual material, including short films and recorded interviews of factory workers and residents of the area. The museum’s collection is further enriched with items from the factory itself as well as interactive applications.

The Industrial Gas Museum is the first industrial museum in Athens. It supplements the museal map of Athens and highlights one of the few surviving industrial heritage monuments of the city.

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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 museum is housed in a unique historic Art Nouveau building. It is not large in size but includes extremely interesting exhibits.

Museum Of Ancient Technology in Athens

About 300 operating models of incredible, for that time, discoveries. Tools and automations that today are taken for granted, were designed and built by Greek scientists and inventors the period from 2000 BC until the end of the ancient Greek world.

 Museum Of Ancient Technology in Athens

Τhe contribution of the ancient Greeks to the field of Philosophy and the Fine Arts is very well known. Nevertheless, science and complex technology were fields in which the Greeks were pioneers and innovative.

 Museum Of Ancient Technology in Athens

This museum demonstrates the ancient Greek technological marvel, from the robot - servant of Philon to the cinema of Heron. Moreover, sophisticated astronomical and precision measuring instruments, ingenious vending machines, sophisticated lifting mechanisms capable of constructing extremely tall structures with only minimal manpower, clocks and alarm clocks which operated automatically and continuously without human intervention, etc.

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Kostas Kotsanas, creator of the museum, constructed the replicas through a 22 years of extensive research and study of the ancient Greek, Latin and Arabic literature, vase painting information and minimal relevant archeological finds. He proudly demonstrates the most comprehensive exhibition of its kind worldwide.
The exhibits are interactive and fully functional accompanied by rich audio-visual material (in Greek and English), such as explanatory labels and giant posters with a lot of information, detailed diagrams, photos and complete bibliographical references.

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There are projecting stations with video and animation, as well as documentaries in which the exhibitor explains the function and the use of the mechanisms.
Museum guides have an auxiliary role and are inviting visitors to interact with the exhibit.

Beyond the e-shop there is a sale shop at the Museum with all the handmade items.

Museum Of Ancient Technology in Athens

Open daily and weekends from 09:00 to 17:00
Entrance fee: 5€
More info at the official website

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The Museum of illusions in Athens is a different, contemporary museum in which guests are requested to touch the exhibits and are encoraged to take photos.In fact, you'll regret if you do not carry a camera fully charged and with memory space.

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Visit this museum if you like experiential entertainment.
Ιn a building with a total area of more than 400 sq. m. special designed rooms, installations, images and visual games designed to sharpen the mind and confuse the eye, will lead you to experience the impossible.

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Visiting this museum you will be thrilled because nothing is what it seems!

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Each of the exhibits is based on science, mathematics, biology and psychology, deceives and confuses our confidence in our own senses, stuns slightly, but at the same time astonishes and trains.
Amusing and awesome tricks will teach you about vision, perception, the human brain and science so it will be easier to perceive why your eyes see things which your brain cannot understand.

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Make sure you visit the playroom with intriguing and educational games and puzzles.
A real fitness center for your brain. These brain bashers are definitely great fun but tend to be frustrating as well.
Play with the brain teasers, puzzles, impossible knots, tricks and mathematical games as well as other educational concepts which will break your mind but simultaneously make you smarter.

It’s the place to be for new experiences and fun with friends and family, suitable and inspiring for children.

In the smart shop, you can buy Dilemma games, optical illusion, educational toys, wooden puzzles , 3D lightings and more. You try them out, ask questions, and choose something that is just right for you.

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Working hours:
Monday to Sunday
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Museum captions: Greek and English
Ticket price:
Adults: 9€
Children (5 – 18 years): 6€
Students: 7€
Family: 23€* (includes2 adults
with 2 children 5 – 18 years)
Address: Astiggos 12 (a small street starting at Ermou 119)
Monastiraki-Athens
Phone: 2103238065
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More info at the official website

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The National Observatory of Athens (NOA), is housed in a elegant 19th-century building.

The Observatory is located at Lofos Nymphon (Nymphs Hill) and it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Athens.

Amazing city view from National Observtory of Athens

You need to book a ticket in order to join. The stuff will give you a very interesting introduction before going to the big room of the telescope where you can look at the stars and planets.

National Observtory of Athens

The museum
Since 1842, the Sina building has been renovated quite a few times while its scientific activity.
In 2008 it was converted into a museum.

National Observtory of Athens the Museum

Among others, the museum shows a great collection of old geoastrophysic’s instruments,
the map of the moon based on J. Schmidt’s study from 1855 to 1874 ,
the Syngros Meridian Telescope, which set the time of Greece from 1902 to 1964,
and a copy of the first analog computer, the Antikythera mechanism on a 3:1 scale.

National Observtory of Athens the Antikithera Mechanism

The world famous Antikythera mechanism is an ancient (dated to about 87 BC ) Greek analogue computer used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses for calendar and astrological purposes decades in advance. It could also be used to track the four-year cycle of athletic games which was similar to an Olympiad, the cycle of the ancient Olympic Games.
Detailed info https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antikythera_mechanism

From the windows of the museum you can observe the Acropolis with a telescope.

The building also houses the historic library of the Observatory. In the library scientific journals and very important books are kept, written by Apollonius Pergaiou, Chrysanthos Notaras etc, since the 18th century.

National Observtory of Athens the Library

Visiting hours
Day regular group visits upon arrangement 9:30 – 14:00
Night regular visits every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with guided tour to the historical buildings included a visit to the Doridis telescope with which you can observe the sky.
Regular visits, are suitable for ages over 5 years.

November to March 19:00 – 20:30 (English guided tour at 20:00)
May to August 21:00 – 22:30 (English guided tour at 21:00)
September, October, April 20:00 – 21:30 (English guided tour at 21:00)
General dmission 5€ - 2,5€ for youths up to 18 years old, students and seniors under 65.

How to get there
The Museum can be reached by train (Thysseio station) or metro (Acropolis station) and by walking along Apostolou Pavlou st or Dionysiou Aeropagitou st respectively.
In addition to the regular morning visits, special evening tours for groups up to 25 people are also available upon appointment. These tours, which can also be offered in languages other than Greek or English, include observations of the night sky using the Doridis telescope, weather permitting.
For reservations regarding morning tours of groups call 210-3490112. For VIP and evening tours call: 210-3490160 or 210-3490055 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A brief history of the foundation
Most buildings of social or scientific value in Athens, were created with charities of rich Greeks of the diaspora. NOA and specifically, the Sina building, was a charity of the Sina family. G. Sinas, who served as a Greek consul in Vienna, gave 60,000 drachmas to the University of Athens on August 12th 1840 for the foundation of the Observatory.
A council of sages was composed to appoint the best position for construction, which proved to be Lofos Nymphon (Nymphs Hill), by architech E. Schaubert and professor Vouris.

National Observtory of Athens

The foundation stone of the institution was placed on June 26th 1842 based on plans by Schaubert and the ceremony took place at 8 o' clock in the morning under a total solar eclipse.
The building's construction commenced in October 1843 and was completed in the spring of 1846. Ever since, the Sina building has stood as a wonderful example of excellent neoclassical architecture a the top of Nymphon Hill in Athens' historical centre, next to Pnyx.

Professor Vouris (1842-1855) was the first director of the institution and he was involved with meteorological observations, study of the Greek nature, geography and astronomy. He also published a series of important works such as “Geodetic measurements in Attica”, “On observing and studying Mars' diameter”, “Defining the longitude and latitude of Athens” etc.

J. Schmidt/Kokkidis (1858-1885) Due to Vouris' illness, Baron Sinas appointed german astronomer Johann F. Julius Schmidt as the second NOA director, who arrived in Athens on December 2nd 1858.
Schmidt's work is important and covers a range of subjects such as astronomy, selenography, meteorology, altitude measuring, botany and seismology. He published numerous studies and from January 1855 until the end of July 1874 he drew his monumental work, the map of the Moon, a copy of which is displayed in the museum.
Detailed info http://www.noa.gr/museum/english/history_en.html

Exhibition: [ 30 November 2018 - 30 March 2019 ]

Don’t miss this impressive exhibition for the 500th anniversary since the death of Leonardo Da Vinci world famous Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, inventor, geometrist, engineer, anatomist, musicians and palaeontologist.

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Three major exhibitions on his life and work are united in Athens for the first time.
With the help of the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Rome, the Lumiere Technology Institute in Paris, as well as specialists from Italy and France, the Leonardo Da Vinci - 500 Years of Genius demonstrates the full range of Leonardo's achievements.

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Among others, the exhibition contains 75 models of his inventions, interactive machines, copies of his famous codes and a scientific analysis of the enigmatic portrait of Mona Lisa.

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Address:
Old OSY Depot, Pireos & Ermou, tel 210 963 6489 Entrance from the pedestrian part of Ermou str. (Nearest Metro station: Blue line / Keramikos)
Timetable:
Monday to Friday: 13:30 to 23:00
Last submission at 21:00
Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00 to 23:00
Last submission at 21:00
24/12/2018 Christmas Eve and
31/12/2018 New year’s Eve
10:00 to 17:00

Prices:
Tickets for individuals
Adults:
Prepaid: 15 € - On site: 20 €
Children / Students / Seniors 65+ / People with disabilities:
Prepaid: 12 € - On site: 15 €
Entrance is permitted in children over four years of age.
Family Packs
Family Pack 1: 1 adult + 3 children
Prepaid: 45 € - On site: 58 €
Family Pack 2: 2 adults + 2 children
Prepaid: 48 € - On site: 64 €
Family Max: 2 adults + 3 children
Prepaid: 59 € - On site: 78 €
Family Plus: 2 adults + 4 children
Prepaid: 70 € - On site: 92 €

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The Acropolis Museum supports independent learning by making available backpacks filled with activities and ‘family trails’ for families with young children, free of charge. Families can choose between a quick and simple visit using one of the booklets, or a longer and more intricate, using one of the backpacks, which are also equipped with games. Both family backpacks and Family trails are written and designed by the Acropolis Restoration Service Education Team of the Acropolis Museum.

Family backpacks for children and parents contain various games and activities that are exhibition-based and are supported by colorful children’s exhibit labels in the Museum galleries. The pack activities require families to work together to solve its challenges.

Family trails for children and parents are individual theme based activities that focus on a ‘trail’ of exhibits throughout the Museum. The trails require less time and effort than the larger backpack, but still offer guidance for a structured activity in the galleries that makes Museum visits fun.

Tickets are available for sale either at the Museum’s Ticket Desk or via e-ticketing service.

For information on eligibility for reduced admission ticket or free admission, please visit museum's web site.

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The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST) began its operation in 2000.

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The permanent home of the Museum is the former Fix brewery on Syngrou Ave., the reconstruction of which was completed in February 2014. The building occupies 18.142 sqm. on a 3.123 sqm surface.

The Museum's collection is formed around a very important nucleus of works by Greek and foreign artists, such as Stephen Antonakos, Constantin (Dikos) Byzantios, Vlassis Caniaris, Chryssa, Mona Hatoun, Gary Hill, Emily Jacir, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Nikos Kessanlis, Jannis Kounellis, Shirin Neshat, Lucas Samaras, Costas Tsoclis, Bill Viola, a.o, which is constantly enriched.

Museum Of Contemporary Art in Athens

Address: Kallirrois Avenue & Amvr. Frantzi Str, Athens (you can the Metro (red line) direction Elliniko and stop at Sygrou-Fix station or have a nice 30 minutes walk from Athens flat)
Tel.: +30 211 1019000-99

OPENING HOURS
Monday CLOSED
Tuesday 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
Wednesday 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
Thursday 11.00 am – 11.00 pm
Friday 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
Saturday 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
Sunday 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
TICKETS
ADMISSION FEE 8€
REDUCED FEE 4€
FREE ENTRANCE (valid ID or proof of entitlement required)

More info at the official museum's website

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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 Athens Pinball Museum, the first in Greece, have just open for the public (September 2018).

With a daily entrance fee of 10€, people of all ages (children over 8 years old) can play unlimited.

The Athens Pinball Museum exhibits pieces constructed from 1958 tο the most recent years.
Οver 100 pinball machine titles, perfectly maintained, in excellent condition and 100% playable are there for you to admire or play with.

The Athens PinBall Museum

Centuries ago, games were played outdoors by rolling balls or stones, usually on a grass course, such as bocce or bowls.
The evolving and specializing outdoor games finally led to indoor versions that could be played on a table, such as billiards.
The tabletop versions of these games became the ancestors of modern pinball.

The inspiration of the past and the combination of high technology and art led to pinball (flipper) machines.

Each one is unique!

The Athens Pinball Museum

Those futuristic machines were revolutionary, following the last trends of technology in complexity, and timeliness.
They are actually an interactive game as an individual or group of players can play.

The goal of the museum is to present to the general public these electro-mechanical miracles as well as their preservation over time.

Α workshop for repair and maintenance works on the premises of the Athens Pinball Museum.

At the cafe, with no entrance fee, you can enjoy coffee, drinks and snacks

Working hours 10:00am to 00:00 (midnight)

Address: Dionisiou Aeropagitou & Makri 2
(next to the Acropolis Museum and Acropolis Metro station)

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paidiko mouseioThe Hellenic Children's Museum is a non-profit educational and cultural organization that was established in Athens in 1987 and aims to encourage children to explore, learn, discover and question all around them.

It is located in two houses which have been specifically designed for use by children.

Κids will be excited to find a museum dedicated to their amusement rather than the more traditional ones they get dragged to.

paidiko mouseio3The space is full of games and interactive exhibits and a variety of activities are organized for visitors.

An activity might be something like learning how chocolate is made, helping to make it, and then getting to eat it!

The Hellenic Children's Museum is both educational and extremely entertaining and it is frequented by locals as much as by tourists. The staff are very friendly and capable and know just how to entertain their little visitors.

At the basement you can find a shop with original games, educational books, gifts for children's celebrations, books, traditional artifacts and many other ideas that give children the opportunity to play creatively, to explore and be entertained.

The museum is best for children under 10.

tel. 2103312995
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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.

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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 

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