Must-Visit Museums in Athens, Greece

There is a wonderful selection of historical sights to see on a visit to Athens
There is a wonderful selection of historical sights to see on a visit to Athens | © Kieran Everett / Unsplash
Maria Menegaki

Athens is the world-famous cradle of art and history, with museums that offer fascinating insight into Greek culture, as well as hosting unique exhibitions. For an exciting tour, check out our pick of the museums you shouldn’t miss.

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Acropolis Museum

Designed to offer the best conditions for its unique exhibits, the Acropolis Museum is an absolute must-see. As a gate to the glorious world of ancient Athens, it hosts priceless artifacts found on the Acropolis, spanning a period from the Mycenaean era up to the Roman and Early Christian eras. Visit the ground floor to view the excavations below, or stroll through the galleries to admire masterpiece sculptures, inscriptions, finds from sanctuaries and objects used in everyday life. You could even have a delicious meal at the restaurant on the second floor, while enjoying a breathtaking view of the Acropolis.

Founded in 1829, the National Archaeological Museum hosts more than eleven thousand exhibits that cover a large chronological and geographical span. If you’d like to experience the panorama of Greek civilisation at its fullest, admire prehistoric items from preserved paintings of Thera, sculptures, vases or astounding statues. Last but not least, be sure to check out the museum’s huge library, where you can find titles dating as far back as the 17th century.

Museum of Cycladic Art

This museum has a very impressive collection of Cycladic, Ancient Greek and Cypriot art. Don’t forget to visit the museum’s shop to buy some exclusive gifts, or you could stop by the stylish Cycladic Café for lunch.

Benaki Museum

The Benaki Museum is situated in a majestic neoclassical building. Benaki could be seen as one of the most important museums relating to the history, art, and culture of both ancient and modern Greece. While it is the ideal place for an insight into a variety of eras, it also organises some of the most amazing exhibitions of contemporary art.

Looking to learn more about the fascinating history of Athens? Check out our guide to must-see historical sites in Athens, a history of Athens in 11 buildings, or discover the story behind how Athens got its name.

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