5 fascinating museums in Athens, Greece

Athens is a city of full of culture and history. It is one of the centres of the Western civilization and has incorporated centuries of stories. Stories of architectural grandeur, stories of the art masterpieces and stories of the traditions of the people. The best way to uncover these wonderful stories is to visit the numerous museums around here. And this city knows a thing or two about museums – museums in Athens are considered to be the worlds’ most interesting.

Here is the list of the 5 fascinating museums in Athens, Greece!

1. New Acropolis Museum

Website: http://www.theacropolismuseum.gr/en

Where: Dionysiou Areopagitou 15

Why you should visit: with its top-notch modern design, a rich exposition showing the most important artefacts found at the site of Acropolis from the Mycenaean era until the Roman and early Christian times, New Acropolis Museum is a must in Athens! With numerous award in its pocket, fascinating looks and even more interesting contents, this museum is a great addition to your exploration of Athens and Greece.

Highlight: spectacular panoramic view over Acropolis

Information about the admission can be found HERE

2. Museum of Islamic Art

Website: https://www.benaki.gr/index.php?option=com_buildings&view=building&id=15&lang=en

Where: Dipilou 12

Why you should visit: if you’re thrilled by beautiful objects and mesmerized by colourful tiles, Museum of Islamic Art in Athens is a place to be. It holds an impressive collection of more than 8,000 works of art, including ceramics, gold, metalwork, textiles and glass. An amazing place to explore!

Highlight: superb marble-faced interior of a reception room from a 17th-century Cairo mansion

Information about the admission can be found HERE

3. Museum of Cycladic Art

Website: https://www.cycladic.gr/en

Where: Neophytou Douka 4

Why you should visit: set in the beautiful neoclassical Stathatos Mansion, this speciality museum is a quintessence of Greek culture. It is devoted to Cycladic art and exhibits the different aspects of the Aegean Sea culture. The most famous objects here are the iconic figurines – simple and abstract nude human figures that inspired generations of artists like Brancusi, Modigliani, Giacometti.

Highlight: ancient Greek art exhibition

Information about the admission can be found HERE

4. Benaki Museum of Greek Culture

Website: https://www.benaki.gr/index.php?option=com_buildings&view=building&id=11&lang=en

Where: Koumpari 1

Why you should visit: this museum is considered to be one of the best world museums devoted to Greek culture. It covers the period from prehistory to the 20th century and can amaze with a variety of exhibits.

Highlight: magnificent relocated original sitting rooms from Macedonian mansions

Information about the admission can be found HERE

5. Byzantine and Christian Museum

Website: http://www.byzantinemuseum.gr/en/

Where: Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias 22

Why you should visit: this relatively small speciality museum holds one of the worlds’ most impressive collections of the Byzantine art. See the fantastic icons, frescoes and statues in this pearl of the Athens museum scene!

Highlight: 13th Century mosaic icon of the Virgin Mary from Constantinople

Information about the admission can be found HERE

This article is done in a partnership with the City of Athens 

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