Athens City Museum

Museum of the City of Athens Vouros – Eutaxias is a museum in Athens, Greece. It houses a collection of a variety of Athens-related items collected by art collector Lambros Eutaxias (1905-1996). It includes antiquities, Byzantine art, sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs and metal, glass and textile works. Also it includes furniture arranged in typical living rooms of the Athenian aristocracy of the 19th century.

Lambros Eutaxias (1905-1996) and his uncle Alexandros Vouros (1871-1959) were the founders of the museum. The museum was founded by them in 1973 and opened to the public in 1980. It is housed in two of the most beautiful and older buildings of Athens. The first one belonged to Dekozi-Vourou and was inhabited by king Otto and queen Amalia from 1863 to 1843. Therefore, it is also called “Old Palace”. The second, which nowadays is connected to the other via a covered bridge, was built by the Greek architect Gerasimo Metaxa in 1859.

Walking Tour and Picnic: Plaka and the Hills of Athens

Escape the buzz of downtown Athens and head to its peaceful hills for a 3.5-hour leisurely paced walking tour, finishing with a Greek picnic and glass of sparkling wine! Your expert local guide will introduce you to the gentle hills around Athens’ Acropolis, chatting about the area’s ancient history as you go. Discover the charms of Plaka (Athens’ Old Town), Anafiotika with its pretty Greek island-style houses and three of the city’s famous hills: Philopappou and Mars Hill.

Meet your expert guide near Athens’ Benaki Museum and set off a leisurely paced stroll through the streets of Plaka – the city’s Old Town.

Prices

Admission

Entrance fee: € 3,00.
For pupils, students, senior citizens and groups over four persons: € 2,00.
Disabled persons: free.

For school visits please call 210-3231387 & 210-3231397.

Directions

By Metro

Aboard to Station: Panepistimio

By Bus

Line 227 (Station Apovivasis: Klafthmonos Square)

Lines 022, 025, 026, 027, 054, 220, 221, 230, 608, 622, 732, 815, Β2 (Station Apovivasis: Akadimia)

By Troley

Lines 1, 5, 15 (Station Apovivasis: Klafthmonos Square)
Lines 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 13, 15 (Station Apovivasis: Akadimia)

By Car

At Klaftnmonos Square operates a basement parking. It is nor Free.

Facilities

Black Duck Garden – Athens City Museum Bistrot

The Black Duck Garden – Athens City Museum Bistrot will be open all summer and up to October 15, from 9 a.m. till late at night, in the Athens City Museum garden.

From October 15 until the end of April, it will be open in the sun-lit garden patio, from 9 a.m. till 5.30 p.m.

Visitors will be able to enjoy aromatic Greek coffee with sweet preserve, all kinds of coffee with hand-made cookies or cake, a variety of tea, chocolate, juice, sandwiches, as well as a variety of select Greek wines and cold cuts, original finger food, salads, cold and hot dishes and daily specials.

We also offer tasty desserts and an extensive menu of wines, beers and other alcoholic drinks.
In the garden patio there are books for you to read, while listening to atmospheric music at the right volume.

THE WALKTHROUGH

1st floor

When the visitor enters the museum he sees a large room on his right. In this room there are lithographs and engravings of aspects of the city of Athens and its important monuments (the Parthenon, The temple of the Olympian Zeus and so on) around 1800. The whole room is dominates by a large oil painting done by Jaques Carrey. It presents Marquise Nointel and his entourage set against Athens’ Acropolis. The painting besides its artistic value has an historic one. Here the Parthenon is depicted intact as it was before the 26th of September of 1687 when it was damaged by cannon balls of the Venetian forces commanded by Koenigsmark. Leaving this room behind and going up few stair-steps the visitor will face a window case that contains objects of daily use of the 19th century. Many of those have the seal of King Otto. Right next to the window case there are some more engravings presenting views of the old Athens. In a room to the left several plans and models of the city of Athens are presented. The larger one was made by the famous Greek architect Travlos in 1842. The visitor can witness the enormous growth of the city in the last two centuries.

2nd floor

The stairs leading to the second floor are decorated with engravings depicting the monuments of Athens. The second floor is set as house of the 19th century. Here the visitor can walk through a living room, a dining room, a library room and so on. Each room contains chandeliers, furniture and carpets of the 19th century. There also some paintings of famous Greek artist and other interesting artifacts. For example there is a portrait of Lord Byron, a hand written copy of the constitution of 1844 that was used by King Otto himself, a map of Greece of 1838 which contains only Peloponnese and a small part of central Greece. One should not miss the portrait of Athanasios Eytaxias made by the important Greek painter Vikatos and the portrait of Kiki Papastratou created by Gounaropoulos.

3rd floor

The stairs for the third floor are decorated with photographs of Athens at the end of 19th century. This floor is transformed into an exhibition are and it is usually occupied by temporary exhibitions devoted to Greek painters.

Opening Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 09:00- 19:00
Saturday, Sunday: 11:00- 19:00

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.

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