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ANCIENT AGORA. The Ancient Agora Museum was founded in 1957, after the reconstruction of the Stoa of Attalos by the American School of Classical Studies(1953-56). The Stoa was originally built by Attalos II, king of Pergamon (159-138 BC.), as a token of his gratitude to the city of Athens. The Museum display consists of finds from the excavations of the ancient Agora . Adriannou str. 24 - Thission. Tel 32.10.185. Open daily 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.. Monday closed. Entrance fee 4 Euro.

BYZANTINE AND CHRISTIAN. The Byzantine Museum in Athens was founded in 1914 and is one of the national museums of Greece.Since 1930 it has been housed in the fine "Ilisia" building complex, erected near the river Ilisos in 1848 by the architect Stamatios Kleanthis for Sophia de Marbois, the Duchess of Piacenza (ancient Placentia). Unique collections of icons, sculptures, wall - paintings, ecclesiastical vestments, jewelers and other works of minor art from the 4th to the 19th century. Recently renovated museum shop. Vas. Sophias Ave.22, Tel. 72.11.027. Open Tuesday - Sunday 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Closed Mondays. Admission 2 Euro. Tel: 210 7211 027.

JEWISH MUSEUM OF GREECE. Its collection, which includes more than 7.500 artifacts, reflects the life, customs, rites and traditions of Greek Judaism. Nikis str. 39 - Syntagma 105 58 . Tel. 32.25.582. Open daily 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Saturday closed, Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Entrance fee 1.50 Euro.

NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM. The National Archaeological Museum is one of the largest and most important museums of ancient Greek art. The neoclassical Museum building was brought to completion in 1889 under the supervision of the German architect Ernst Ziller. It was constructed to house unique works of art from Greek antiquity, and its galleries are a panorama of the long evolution of ancient Greek art from the prehistoric period to Late Roman antiquity. Patission 44 (28th October street.) Tel. 82. 17.717.Opening days and hours: Winter hours ( 16th October to 31st March) Tuesday - Sunday: 8:30 - 15:00. Monday: 10.30 - 17.00 and Holidays 8.30 - 15.00 Summer hours (1st April to 15th October) Tuesday- Sunday: 8.00 - 19:00  Monday 12.30. - 19.00 Holidays: 8.30 - 15.00. The Museum is closed on 1st January, 25th March, 1st May, Easter Sunday, Christmas and Boxing Day. Free for children under 19. and students from other countries, holders of the International Student Card (ISIC). Entrance fee 6 Euro. Minimum required time to visit a museum like this 2 hours. Tel: 210 8217 717, 210 8217 724  

NATIONAL HISTORICAL. The  museum should be visited by those who are interested in modern Greece and more especially in the period from the fall of Byzantine (1453 fall of Constantinople) to the end of the Second World War. A big part is dedicated to the Greek war of independence against the Turks (1821-1830)  . Stadiou Str.13 & Kolokotroni. Tel: 210 3237.617. Open daily 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday closed. Entrance fee 3 Euro. Sunday free entrance.

FOUNDATION OF THE HELLENIC WORLD. Cultural Centre "HELLENIC COSMOS" World wide Web Address : . Interactive Virtual Reality presentations in the first and only VR Systems installed in Greece . Thems : The Ancient Olympia - A journey through Ancient Miletus- The Magic Wardrobe - The Traditional Olive Oil Press. Film productions. Internet cafe Exhibitions: "National Evants and Historical Memory", "Krossia, Chitones, Doulamades, Velades - 4000 years of Hellenic costume". Pireos Str.254 , Tavros 177 78 , Greece . Tel. (301)48.35.300. Opening hours: Mon., Tues. Wend., Thur., Fri. 09.00 - 13.00 and 15.00 - 22.00, . Sun. 10.00 - 15.00  new! Tel: +3021 254 00000

MUSEUM OF GREEK FOLK ART. The visitor begins to know the richness of the modern Greek folk civilization through the unique collections of embroideries, woven fabrics, traditional costumers, silver ware, ceramics, wood - covings, figures of the shadow theatre, popular paintings. The objects of these collections cover a chronological period from 1650 to this day. At the ground floor there is the renovated Museum's shop with selected works of contemporary handicraft, inspired from traditional subjects as well as replicas from the exhibits. Kydathineon Str. 17 , Plaka, Athens. Tel. 32.29.031. Museum visiting hours : Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Mondays closed. Entrance fee 1.50 Euro.

TRADITIONAL POTTERY. The museum of traditional Pottery is housed in a beautiful neo - classical building, built in 1875 and recently renovated, at the area of Keramikos and only 3' walking distance from Thission Metro Station. The Museum hosts various exhibitions, representations of laboratories, documentary films and many more exhibits that illustrate the art of traditional pottery. Every Saturday one of the last traditional pottery makers of Maroussi presents to the visitors the process of pottery making with the traditional foot-operated wheel. At he museum's traditional cafe you can enjoy home-made pastries and coffee. In the museum's shop you will find ceramic masterpieces made by traditional patterns, books, postcards all at very good prices. Melidoni Str. 4-6 Athens 105 53 (Kerameikos). Open hours: Monday, Thu Friday:  09.00 - 15.00, Wed: 09.00 -20.00, Sat: 10.00 -15.00, Sunday 10:00 - 14:00. Tel: 210 3318 491-6

CYCLADIC ART. .Over 2000 objects of Cycladic, ancient Greek art and Cypriot antiquities (dating from the 3rd millennium BC to the 6th c. AD) are displayed in the galleries on the four floors of the museum of Cycladic art. The Museum has one the most important collections of Cycladic art worldwide. In the New Wing of the Museum, the Stathatos Mansion ( a nineteenth century neoclassical building designed by Ernst Ziller) there is the exhibition "The city beneath the city". After the tour of the Museum one can enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the Museum Cafe, where refreshments and light snacks are served or visit the Museum shop, where authentic replicas of the Museum Collections are on sale.  Neophytou Douka Street 4, Kolonaki, Athens. Tel: 210 7228.321-3, Fax 210 72.39.382. Website:,

NUMISMATIC. You can admire this exclusive exhibition of 2.500 coins, representative of all the periods of the Greek history in a neoclassical building, the former house of Heinrich Schliemann. On the first floor there is a gift shop where, except from books, posters and booklets, the visitor can also buy direct copies of ancient Greek coins, in silver. El. Venizelou Str. 12 (Panepistimiou). Tel. 36.43.774. Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays closed. Entrance fee 2.50 Euro.

WAR MUSEUM. .An interesting trip to the most important moments of the Greek history. Rizari Str. 2 . Athens. Tel. 72.52.975 -6. Open daily 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday closed . Entrance free.

FRISSIRA .The only Museum of Contemporary European Painting in Greece houses the Frissiras Collection - that numbers more than 3.000 works of art- as well as temporary exhibitions. Housed in two impressive, fully renovated neoclassic buildings in Plaka, the Museum has an Art Shop with high quality art works. Monis AsteriouStr. 3&7. Plaka. Tel. 32.34.678. - 33.16.027. Open Wed. to Fri. 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday. and Sun. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Mon. and Tues. closed.  


Days of free admission for all visitors

bullet Sundays in the period between November 1st and March 31st
bullet The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September
bullet (when the first Sunday is holiday, then the second is the free admission day, etc.)
bullet  March 6th (in memory of Melina Merkoure)
bullet April 18th (International Monuments Day)
bullet  May 18th (International Museums Day)
bullet June 5th (International Environment Day)
bullet The last weekend of September every year (European Heritage Days)
bullet October 28th (National holiday)



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