The Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens is one of the most important public institutions in Greece, established in the early 20th century (1914) in order to collect, study, preserve and exhibit the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine cultural heritage in the Hellenic territory.
The museum collection contains an important number (approximately 30,000) of works of art such as icons, sculptures, ceramics, ecclesiastical textiles, paintings, jewelries and architectural elements (wall paintings and mosaics).
Byzantine & Christian
The permanent exhibition is divided in two main parts: The first is devoted to Byzantium (4th -15th c. AD) and contains 1200 artifacts and the second entitled “From Byzantium to the modern era” presents 1500 artworks dating from the 15th to 20th century. The gallery is situated on Vassilissis Sofias Avenue 22, down the street from the Hilton Athens. It can be reached with the Athens Metro at the Evangelismos station.
Art Tour: Byzantine and Christian Museum and National Archaeological Museum
Learn about Greek art and history on a half-day tour of two must-visit Athens museums: Byzantine and Christian Museum and the National Archeological Museum. Led by an art-loving local guide, the tour introduces you to incredible pieces of religious art created during the Byzantine period, plus the different eras of Greek civilization. See mosaics, paintings, books and more on this exciting art history tour! All meals, public transport costs and entrance fees are at your own expense.
Meet your guide at Evangelismos metro station in central Athens, and then walk to the nearby Byzantine and Christian Museum.
General admission: 4 €
Discount: 2 €
Free admission: under 18 years old
- Concessions are available for:
- Participants in international conferences, following the approval of the Director General for Antiquities and Cultural Heritage;
- Participants in excursions organized by the OEE
- Parents accompanying primary school children on educational visits
- EU senior citizens over 65 on presentation of their passport or ID card
- People entitled to a renewable three-year “Free Entrance Pass
Free entry is available to:
- Free Entrance Pass holders
- Culture Card holders
- ICOM-ICOMOS membership card holders
- EU citizens in Higher or Further education on presentation of their student ID
- Young people under 19 on presentation of their ID card
- Schoolchildren under 19 accompanied by a teacher
- ‘Friends of’ museums and archaeological sites around Greek on presentation of a validated membership card
- Guides, on presentation of their Hellenic Ministry of Development ID
- Journalists on presentation of their union cards
- People accompanying blind visitors and people with mobility disabilities
- Antiquity and art conservators in possession of a special Ministry of Culture pass
- Employees of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, TDPEAE and TAP on presentation of their civil service ID
Line 3 (get off at ‘Evangelismos’)
Head west on Vasilissis Sofias Avenue toward to Marasli
Destination will be on the left
054, 100, 203, 204, 220, 221, 224, 235, 608, 622, 732, 815, Χ14, Χ95, Α5, Ε14 (get off at ‘Rigillis’)
250 (get off at ‘Evangelismos’)
450, 550 (get off at ‘Ethniko Idryma Ereunon’)
060, 022 (get off at ‘Loukianou’)
01 (Municipal of Kaisariani bus, get off at “Rizari”)
3, 7, 8, 13 (get off at ‘Rigillis’)
10 (get off at ‘Ethniko Idryma Ereunon’)
The Museum is just a few metres from the Evangelismos Metro station and is a 15-minute walk from Syntagma Square.
The Museum provides a number of free educational programmes in Greek language for groups of schoolchildren, young people, adults, and people with disabilities or special interests.
For further information or to book a visit, telephone (+30) 213 213 9507 (Monday-Friday, 09:00-15:00), email: email@example.com
It is a good idea for groups to contact the Museum prior to their visit: the Educational Programmes Office can be contacted on (+30) 213 213 9507 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; the Communications Office is contactable on (+30) 213 213 9572 or by e-mail: email@example.com.
According to Greek law 710/77, with regard to guided tours, only professional tour guides, licensed by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism have the right to tour the museum fees.
Moreover, according to Greek law 3498/2006, only archaeologists, who are permanent staff of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and teachers can provide such a tour without any payment, following the authorization by the General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage of Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Entrance to the Museum is free for people with disabilities and for people accompanying blind visitors and people with mobility disabilities.
The space housing the Museum’s permanent exhibition is accessible for people with mobility disabilities. Blind visitors can avail themselves of a tactile route.
It is a good idea for groups to contact the Museum prior to their visit: the Educational Programmes Office can be contacted on (+30) 213 213 9507 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Museum has one parking space reserved for people with disabilities.
Exhibits can be photographed with a hand-held camera without the use of a flash. Video cameras, tripods and flash photography are allowed when special permission has been sought and granted. For more information, call (+30) 213 213 9572 or send an e-mail to email@example.com
FRIENDS OF THE BYZANTINE MUSEUM
The Association of the Friends of the Byzantine and Christian Museum was founded in December 2000 as a not-for-profit organization. Its key goal is to support the Museum’s activities by raising public awareness of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art and facilitating research in corresponding fields.
For more information, call Ms Maria Bitha on (+30) 213 213 9518 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May – October:
Monday: 13.30 – 20.00
November – April:
Tuesday-Sunday: 08.30 – 15.00
Monday (November – April), 1st January, 25th March,
Good Friday (open: 12.00-17.00), Easter, 1st May,