You are probably familiar with the Acropolis Museum or the National Archaeological Museum. Maybe even you know the Museum of Cycladic Art or the Benaki Museum. Well, we’ve got news for you: there are more museums to discover! Here are 10 museums you probably didn’t know existed in Athens – because not everything in Greece has to do with archaeology and ancient ruins.
Eclipsed by the more popular Numismatic Museum, the Bank of Greece Museum was set up to present Greece’s modern monetary and economic history. Starting from the introduction of the modern Greek monetary system in 1828 to the country’s accession to the European single currency, the museum presents a collection of drachma coins and banknotes, including the first specimens, the road to the Euro, as well as Euro coins and notes and the process of creating banknotes. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions and uses extensive multimedia applications, making the learning and discovering process interesting even for young visitors.
Bank of Greece Museum, 3 Amerikis, Athens, Greece, +30 210 320 4444
Did you know that Athens is also home to a museum focusing on criminology? Well, now you know. If you are a CSI fan or enjoy playing detective on a day-to-day basis, then this one is for you. The Criminology Museum is housed in the Laboratory of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology on the grounds of the Faculty of Medicine of the National and Kapodestrian University of Athens. Featuring a collection of artifacts, including human remains, toxicological substances, weapons and firearms and records of the history of crime in Greece, collected by forensic medicine professors, the museum serves as a centre for training and informing students as well as the larger public. We are sure you will understand why children are not admitted.
Another museum of the University of Athens, rather unknown from the public, is the Museum of Paleontology and Geology. Located in the Department of Geology and Geoenvironment in the university campus in Zografou, the museum hosts a collection of paleontological treasures from Greece and abroad. They include plant and animal fossils, most of which were excavated in the nearby site of Pikermi, also dubbed the Acropolis of Paleontology, as well as reconstructions of endemic animals, such as the dwarf elephant of Tilos, the dwarf hippopotamuses of Crete and Cyprus or the giant mice of Crete.
If you are passionate about all things nautical or love boats and ships, you must visit the Hellenic Maritime Museum in Piraeus. Established in 1949, the museum is located in the Marina Zea and is home to a wide collection of artifacts, displayed to recreate Greek maritime history. It features paintings, nautical instruments as well as old and modern ships. The museum also has a library where visitors can scroll through a wide collection of books, old world maps and vintage photographs.
Hellenic Maritime Museum, 26 Akti Themistokleous, Piraeus, Greece, +30 210 4516264 or 210 428 6959