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Because of its rich olden days and influence, Athens bursts with museums and galleries. National Archaeological Museum, The Benaki and Cydlac art museums, the Agora museum, the new Acropolis museum, and the Kanellopoulos and Folk Art Museums are a few of the major museums in Athens.

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 covered completely with marble flooring. In addition to the Greek art, the National Archaeological Museum also hosts a fine collection of different sculptures, statues, weapons, jewelry, vases, and religious items from the Neolithic times, the Minoan civilization, the early Cycladic civilization along with the classical, Hellenistic and the Roman period.

Address: 28is Oktovriou 44, Athina 106 82, Greece
Byzantine and Christian Museum

Byzantine and Christian Museum is an underground museum located in Kolonaki. The place houses trace from the Byzantine Empire. 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
Museum of Greek Folk Art

Located in Plaka, the Museum of Greek Folk Art is a popular museum among the local residents of Athens. The place exhibits a beautiful collection of jewelry, costumes, embroidery, ceramics, and other artifacts from Greece. Tourists adore the exhibit of the traditional Greek clothing and the collection of ceramics displayed marvelously on the elegant former mosque. The museum also organizes special educational programs for all age groups.

Address: Thespidos 4-8, Athina 105 58, Greece
Museum of Greek Traditional Instruments

Famous among the tourists, the Museum of Greek Traditional Instruments exhibits around 1200 musical instruments. The place has got a wide collection of almost all instruments ranging from gypsy flutes to Shepards goatskin bagpies, 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
Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art

Valued for its extremely fine collection of elegant marble collectibles, Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art is one of the famous museums in Athens. The place exhibits a variety of relics of the Cycladic civilization on its first floor, the miniatures and other artifacts of the same civilization on its second floor, temporary exhibits on the third, and a beautiful K. Politis collection of ancient Greek art on its last floor. Furthermore, one can also buy the replicas of the exhibits of the museums at the N. Douka located in the basement of the museum.

Address: Neofitou Douka 4, Athina 106 74, Greece
Benaki Museum

Dwelled in the neo-classical house in Kolonaki, Benaki Museum is one the most popular museums in Athens. There is a wide collection of all the art and artifacts from the 3rd century BC up to the 20the century. There are a lot of rare manuscripts, Byzantine icons, and different archeological findings in addition to the various works, paintings arts, and books from different historic periods of Greece.

Address: Koumpari 1, Athina 106 74, Greece
War Museum

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 artifacts 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
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 artifacts depicting the modern history of Athens.

Address: Parnassou 2, Athina 105 61, Greece
Numismatic Museum

Exhibiting a beautiful collection of more than 600,000 coins, the Numismatic Museum is one of those five most important numismatic museums in the world. Along with the coins, the museum also houses a collection of different 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 around a thousand paintings, engravings, ceramics, and sculptures along with 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
National Historical Museum

Located in the old parliament building, the National Historical Museum is one of the most popular museums in Athens. The place displays various artifacts 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