Athens Museums

Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens.The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and on its feet, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. It also lies on the archaeological site of Makrygianni and the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens. Nearly 4,000 objects are exhibited over an area of 14,000 square meters. 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. 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, to which they had been carried away, it was suggested by some British officials that Greece had no suitable location where they could be displayed.

Skip the Line: Guided Tour of Athens New Acropolis Museum

Skip the line and take a walk through history on a guided tour of Athens’ New Acropolis Museum. See the treasures of the ancient Athens Acropolis – the fortified natural defense which towers over the city of Athens and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Walk past the queues with your skip the line ticket, to tour the Athens’ New Acropolis Museum – the most important archaeological museum in Athens.Your knowledgeable tour guide will show you the most interesting attractions from over 4,000 artifacts currently on exhibition.

Exclusive: Acropolis of Athens, New Acropolis Museum and Greek Dinner

Behold the beginnings of Western civilization with an experienced archaeologist on a 4-hour walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Unparalleled history unfolds as you stroll by the Parthenon and other monuments of the Acropolis of Athens; visit the New Acropolis Museum to gawk at ancient statues; and delight in sweeping views of the citadel during an authentic Greek dinner.

It’s an afternoon fit for the gods, and a Exclusive Tour created just for our customers. The experience can’t be booked anywhere else!

Prices

Admission

General admission fee: 5 euros.

For information on visitors who are entitled to enter the Museum at a reduced admission fee or free admission, please press here.
Free entry: 18 May, International Museum Day

Group visits

Group bookings (from 15 to 50 visitors) can be organized via telephone on +30 210 9000903, from Monday to Friday, 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Groups without a reservation risk being unable to enter the Museum.

School visits

School group reservations can be organized via telephone on +30 210 9000903. The Museum also offers several education options for children and educators. For more information, please press here.

Archaeologist – Hosts

Archaeologist-Hosts are available to answer your questions about Museum exhibits every day between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. You can find them by looking for staff wearing large red and white ‘archaeologist’ badges in the Museum exhibition areas.

Directions

By Metro

Line 2 (Aghios Antonios-Aghios Dimitrios), Disembarking Station: Acropolis

By Bus

Lines 24, 40, 57, 103, 106, 108, 111, 126, 134, 135, 136, 137, 155, 206, 208, 227, 230, 237, 790, 856, Α2, Α3, Α4, Β2, Β3, Β4, Ε2, Ε22 (Stop: Makryianni)

By Troley

Lines 1, 5, 15 (Stop: Makryianni)

By Car

The Museum encourages visitors to use one of the several means of public transportation that serve the Museum (see above) and to avoid using their cars in the historic quarter of Athens.

The Museum provides no public parking facilities. Limited street parking is available at the following streets near the Museum: Hatzichristou, Dimitrakopoulou, Veikou, Mitseon, Parthenonos, Karyatidon. Paid parking facilities are available at Rovertou Gali Street and Falirou Street.

Facilities

Accessibility for visitors with disabilities

All public areas of the Museum are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available free of charge at the Museum entrance.

Animals

Animals are not allowed inside the Museum. Guide and assistance dogs are welcome.

Baggage Control

Upon arrival at the Museum, visitors go through an X-Ray baggage control system. To avoid delays, visitors are asked to avoid carrying large bags and luggage into the Museum.

Cloakroom

The cloakroom is located on the ground floor of the Museum, where all backpacks and packages must be deposited. To avoid lengthy delays in queues, such items should not be brought into the Museum. The Museum holds no responsibility for valuables or fragile items deposited in the cloakroom.

Parent’s Room

The Museum provides a baby changing facility at the north side of the first floor gallery. Baby strollers are available free of charge in the cloakroom.

Reading Lounge

The Museum offers a reading lounge on the second floor with views of the Caryatids and the Hekatompedos Pediment where visitors can relax on comfortable chairs and browse through books on the Acropolis and the classical world.

Information Desk

The Information Desk is located on the ground floor of the Museum, at the Ticket Desk, from 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Short Guide

The Short Guide is available for purchase in the Museum Shops in 5 languages (Greek, English, French, German and Spanish). The Guide is also available in Braille (Greek and English) on loan at the Museum’s Information Desk.

Mobile Phones

The use of mobile phones is only permitted in the Museum Lobby, Restaurant and Cafe areas.

Photography

Photographs are permitted in all Museum exhibition areas, except for the Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis and the Archaic Gallery. No use of flash or any portable equipment such as tripod and lighting kit is allowed inside the Museum. Finally, publishing photos in any print or electronic media is not permitted.

Cafe & Restaurant

The Museum provides a Cafe on the ground floor level, overlooking the archaeological excavation and a Restaurant on the second floor, with panoramic views of the Acropolis (8.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.). The Museum provides free wifi internet access for its patrons. For information on access to the second floor Museum Restaurant and Shop, please go to the Ticket Desk.

Shops

The Acropolis Museum hosts a Shop at the ground level, featuring a broad selection of postcards, paper goods and the Museum’s children’s gift range. The Museum’s second floor Shop offers a wide range of book titles on the Acropolis and related topics, as well as functional items and gifts.

Opening Hours

1 November – 31 March:
Tuesday to Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Last admission: 4:30 p.m.)
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Last admission: 9:30 p.m.)
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Last admission: 7:30 p.m.)

1 April – 31 October:
Tuesday to Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Last admission: 7:30 p.m.)
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Last admission: 9:30 p.m.)

Closed: Every Monday and 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 25 and 26 December

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