The museum's famous exhibits and its innovative architecture which allows natural light to come through will guarantee a pleasant family day out. Your children will especially love the activity pack with the family game of their choice.
The Acropolis museum is a relatively new building (construction started in 2000), housing relics from the Acropolis. It is located in the centre of Athens just a few metres away from the Acropolis, and the architecture of the building gives visitors the impression that the museum floats in the air above the existing archaeological excavation.
Click here to find out our tour for the museum of Acropolis that we have specially designed for families. During your visit, you will see artefacts from the sanctuary of the Nymph, sculptures from the sanctuary of the pediment of the first temple of goddess Athena and exhibits from various historical periods such as the Myceneaen and the Geometrical.
Do not miss the Kores – also known as Caryatids (female) – columns that adorned the Erechtheion, one of the temples of the Acropolis, as well as the sculptures of the battle of the giants from the large pediment of the archaic temple (Ancient Temple) of goddess Athena Poliada.
The family games for children (also available in English) are linked to various exhibitions in the museum such as the Archaic Colours and Looking for Goddess Athena.
The Archaic Colours game is related to looking for the details in Archaic sculptures, where colour still exists. It includes a drawing case with real mineral paints and pencils so that children can colour the outline of the Peploforos (girl wearing a veil) sculpture and a domino with the drawings that adorned the clothes and earrings of the Kores from the Archaic period. Of particular interest is the virtual game Colour the Peploforos where they can select the brush and the colours they wish to paint the sculpture and save or print their drawing as many times as they wish and in many variations.
During the game Looking for Goddess Athena, children have the opportunity to get to know the goddess and her symbols through special captions located in the museum across 12 exhibits. In addition, at www.acropolis-athena.gr there is a virtual tour aimed at showing the visitor the different faces of the goddess and the Museum of the Acropolis.
Different seminars for children as well as seasonal events take place at the museum. Some children’s events have free entrance.
The museum has a café in the basement with a glass floor that allows for a view of the archaeological excavation. There is a restaurant located on the second floor with a panoramic view of the Acropolis. A traditional Greek breakfast is offered daily at the restaurant (apart from Mondays) until 12 noon and includes, amongst other things, fresh juices, pancakes, cheese pies, eggs and of course coffee. It also offers a children’s menu including home made spaghetti with fresh tomatoes, small sandwiches and children’s cheese pie.
Finally, the museum of the Acropolis has a store with toys inspired by ancient Greek cultural heritage, as well as a bookstore.
Families should know
- The museum is closed on Mondays
- The activities are particularly interesting but you should bear in mind that if your children wish to participate in all of the activities, there may not be any time left to visit the museum and they will probably get tired
- A visit to the museum combined with a visit to the Acropolis can be particularly tiring for children
- The museum and activities are recommended for children 7 years +
- Amateur photography is allowed in all areas of the museum, apart from the Klition of Acropolis Hall and the Archaic exhibits Hall. Flash photography and professional photography equipment are not allowed
- The free entrance events are normally crowded
- Information related to the programmes and the activities at the museum of the Acropolis is hard to find. We recommend that you call to get informed about current events prior to your visit
- This is also true for the family game, you need to actively ask for it.
- The museum does not have a parking area. We would advise you not to take your car as parking is difficult in central Athens and public transport is really convenient
- Do not forget to take your ID or passport with you in order to be able to get the family pack for free from the Information Desk located at the entrance of the museum
- …And in the afternoon you can combine your visit to the Acropolis museum with a bike ride beneath the Acropolis. You can rent a ‘fun bike’ for the family. A fun bike can fit up to 2, 4, 6 or even 8 people (http://www.funbike.gr). The place to rent these bikes is located next to the Acropolis metro station. A family bike will make your journey around Plaka, Thisseio, Monastiraki, Psyrri or even if you have the energy Gazi, more relaxed – especially for your children. If you do not wish to tire yourselves you can even select a bike with a motor
- You can even hop on a tourist train that passes the Acropolis and costs 5€ for grown ups and is free for children. The train passes through various places of interest in the wider area such as the Ancient Market and The Supreme Court. Guides are both in English and Greek. It is also quite convenient as you can hop on and off as much as you want for a specific time frame (around 5 hours)
- In the north part of the first floor of the museum there is a parent’s room with childcare for both babies and young kids
- The museum also hires out free buggies from the cloakroom
- Free Wi-Fi
- There is an elevator suitable for buggies
- Toy store in the basement
- Elevator that facilitates access to different levels
- Bookstore with books in both Greek and English on the second floor
- The museum organises 3D projections every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am in English and at 12 pm in Greek with an additional charge of 1€. The 10 minute 3D projection describes the topography and the monuments of the Acropolis throughout history with the aim of transporting the visitors even for just a few minutes to the golden era of ancient Athens. For further details follow the below link: http://www.theacropolismuseum.gr/en/content/3d-projections
- Seasonal events: During the festive period seasonal events take place. The themes of the seasonal events vary and visitors need to pay the nominal amount of 2€