National Archaeological Museum
The first national archaeological museum in Greece was established by prime minister of Greece Ioannis Kapodistrias in Aigina in 1829. Subsequently the archaeological collection was relocated to a number of exhibition places until 1858, when an international architectural competition was announced for the location and the architectural design of the new museum.
The current location was proposed and the construction of the museum’s building began in 1866 and was completed in 1889 using funds from the Greek Government, the Greek Archaeological Society and the society of Mycenae. Major benefactors were Eleni Tositsa who donated the land for the building of the museum, and Demetrios and Nikolaos Vernardakis from Saint Petersburg who donated a large amount for the completion of the museum.
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 Archaeological 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.
Admission fee: 7 Euro
Reduced fee: 3 Euro
Special ticket package: Full: 12 Euro, Reduced: 6 Euro
Valid for National Archaeological Museum, Byzantine & Christian Museum, Numismatic Museum and Epigraphic Museum
- 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, Culture Card, ICOM, ICOMOS)
- journalists (by showing their journalist card)members of Societies of Friends of Museums and Archaeological Sites of Greece, by showing their membership card
- escorts of blind people and escorts 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)
- 5 June (International Day of Environment)
- 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.
You may approach the museum from either Omonia or Victoria Metro Stations.
From Omonia Metro Station, get out of the Station following the Panepistimiou St. Exit, walk up Panepistimiou for just 1 block and turn left on Patission Street
You will see the Museum’s big lawn after 7-8 blocks (7-10min walk).
From Victoria Metro Station, which may be the safer choice, walk upwards at Heyden St. and turn right on 28 Oktovriou / Patission St. Walk for about 6 blocks until you see the Museum’s big lawn, across the street (7-10min walk).
By Bus & Troley
Buses and Trolleys No. 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 13, 15, 18, 19, E6.
People on wheel-chairs need to enter from the north side street (Vassileos Irakleiou) which has a corridor taking you to a side door. Otherwise, from the main entrance / big lawn go left and then right to reach a ramp that takes you to the same side-door.
The museum shop and toilets are also accessible.
The museum has two cafes.
The opening hours of the cafe of the museum follow the timetable of the Museum
The Museum’s Shop
Address: 44 Patission Street, Athens 10682
Telephone: (0030) 213 2144862
Fax: (0030) 210 3722620
Tuesday-Sunday & Public Holiday: 09:00-16:00