Visitors to Athens mostly spend their time visiting ancient sites and museums. There are plenty of museums to visit, from historical to modern times. The must-see museums are the Acropolis Museum, the National Archaeological Museum and the Museum of the City of Athens.
Acropolis Museum (Museo Akropoleos)
Acropolis Museum is situated at the base of Acropolis hill. The museum is home to the artefacts found on the rock and surrounding areas, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece.
Address: Dionysiou Areopagitou 15, Athina 117 42, Greece
National Archaeological Museum
Located near Omonia, the National Archaeological Museum exhibits one of the world's beautiful Greek art collections. Found in 1889, the place is entirely covered with marble flooring. In addition to the Greek art, the museum also hosts a fine collection of sculptures, statues, weapons, jewellery, vases, and religious items from the Neolithic times, the Minoan civilisation, the early Cycladic civilisation, and the Minoan civilisation, the classical, Hellenistic and the Roman period.
Address: 28is Oktovriou 44, Athina 106 82, Greece
Museum of the City of Athens
Located inside a neoclassical building constructed in 1833, the Museum of the City of Athens is one of the famous museums in Athens. The place houses a lot of paintings and different artefacts depicting the modern history of Athens.
Address: Parnassou 2, Athina 105 61, Greece
Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art
Valued for its remarkable collection of elegant marble collectables, Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art is one of the famous museums in Athens. The museum exhibits various relics of the Cycladic civilisation on its first floor, the miniatures and other artifacts of the same civilisation on its second floor, temporary exhibits on the third, and a beautiful K. Politis collection of ancient artefacts Greek art on its top floor. Furthermore, one can also buy replicas of the exhibits of the museums from the basement store.
Address: Neofitou Douka 4, Athina 106 74, Greece
Museum of Greek Traditional Instruments
The Museum of Greek Traditional Instruments exhibits around 1200 musical instruments ranging from gipsy flutes to Shepard's goatskin bagpipes, along with tsampouna or Askos, the Greek taburas, clarinets, santouris and bouzoki. One can also enjoy hearing these instruments through the headphones kept inside the museum.
Address: Diogenous 1, Athina 105 56, Greece
Byzantine and Christian Museum
Byzantine and Christian Museum is an underground museum located in Kolonaki. Every room inside the museum depicts a Greek church, representing a specific period from the birth of Christianity to the fall of Constantinople. The place hosts a collection of bibles, mosaics, altars, and icons, along with the display of the medieval domed church and the early Christian basilica.
Address: Leof. Vasilissis Sofias 22, Athina 106 75, Greece
National Historical Museum
Located in the old parliament building, the National Historical Museum displays various artefacts from the Greek War of independence. The place also houses the dresses of King Otto and Amalia, along with different portraits of the Greek leaders of the revolution.
Address: Athens 105 61, Greece
Museum of Greek Folk Art
Located in Plaka, the Museum of Greek Folk Art exhibits a beautiful collection of jewellery, costumes, embroidery, ceramics, and other artefacts from Greece. Tourists adore the exhibit of traditional Greek clothing and the collection of ceramics displayed marvellously on the elegant former mosque. The museum organises special educational programs for all age groups.
Address: Thespidos 4-8, Athina 105 58, Greece
Dwelled in the neo-classical house in Kolonaki, Benaki Museum has a vast collection of of prehistoric and Modern Greek art and artefacts from the 3rd century BC up to the 20th century. There are many rare manuscripts, Byzantine icons, archaeological findings, paintings, arts, and books from different historical periods of Greece.
Address: Koumpari 1, Athina 106 74, Greece
Located on Rizari Street, the War Museum ascertains the warfare history from the stone axes to the heavy artillery of ancient Greece. The place also displays collections of the Greek army and the artefacts of the Greek War of independence.
Address: Rizari 2-4, Athina 106 75, Greece
National Gallery of Art
A small museum housing a beautiful collection of Modern Greek and European art. The place exhibits modern paintings by Ghikas on its ground floor and a few works by Primitavist painter Theophilos on its mezzanine.
Address: 50 Vasileos Konstantinou, Athens, Greece
Exhibiting a beautiful collection of more than 600,000 coins, the Numismatic Museum is the most important numismatic museum. The museum also has various types of precious stones, metals, and standard weights ranging from the ancient Greek period to the Modern Greek period.
Address: El. Venizelou 12, Athina 106 71, Greece
Dimitris Pierides Museum of Contemporary Art
Found in 1980, the Dimitris Pierides Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits thousand of paintings, engravings, ceramics, sculptures, and works from different artists from Greece and Cyprus. Furthermore, the place also has a library of Modern Greek art that provides funding for renowned publications.
Address: Vassileos Georgiou A' Avenue 29, Athens 16675 Greece