The National Archaeological Museum is the biggest museum in the country, with a huge range of collections covering all periods of antiquity.
The neoclassical museum building is impressive in itself; within it you can find exhibits dating from the prehistoric era to the Cycladic and Mycenaean civilizations. You will find sculptures, figurines and pots from the Archaic Period to the Roman Period as well as a section devoted to Ancient Egypt.
Make sure you get a map of the museum and select the specific collections you wish to see, depending on the age and the interests of your children. If your children are of a younger age, we believe the exhibits that will be more interesting for them are the Cycladic figurines and items from the pre-historic collection and the sculpture collection, including the impressive sculptures of Kourous and Kores.
For older children we suggest, in addition to the above, the Mycenaean sculptures from the pre-historic collection, the Egyptian collection and also the antiquities from Thira (Santorini) island, located on the top floor of the museum.
Families should know
- For families with a buggy there is a ramp at the side entrance of the museum located at Vasileos Irakleiou St. If you do have a buggy, you might have some difficulty moving around the museum
- The building, though neoclassical, has an elevator
- During free entrance days the museum is normally crowded
- Information concerning the programmes and activities at the museum is quite scant. We recommend that you call (+30)2132144890 for information about current activities and educational programmes prior to your visit
- The museum does not have parking. If you arrive by car you might have difficulty finding parking in the surrounding area. There are several private parking areas close to the museum: at Bouboulinas St., Zaimi St. and Alexandras Avenue
- The museum is really big and it is recommended that you do not visit all the exhibits in one go, as your children will certainly get tired and it is very likely that they will get bored. Get a map of the museum and select the exhibitions that you wish to visit according to the age and the interests of your children
- It is likely that certain exhibitions in the museum will close earlier than the time the museum closes without prior notification, due to emergency works. It is advised that you ask the museum staff and confirm what time the exhibitions of interest are open, so that you organise your time effectively
Kids will love
- The statue of a horse with a child, the trooper and the cargo of a ship that was wrecked and found in the sea
- The huge statue of Kouros of Sounio – 3 m in height!
- The toys in the garden in front of the museum
Parents will love
- The statue of Zeus or Poseidon that was found in the sea
- The Cycladic figurines
- The coffee and relaxation offered in the museum garden or in the café in the square in front of the museum
Best season to visit
General admission: 7€
Reduced ticket: 3€ (for visitors 65+ years old from EU, students outside of the EU, children’s escorts during educational visits with first grade schools)
Free entrance: children of up to 18 years old, students from EU, tour guides, journalists etc. Relevant ID or card is required as evidence
The entrance is free for all visitors during:
- 6th of March – in memory of Melina Merkouri
- 18th of April – World Monument Day
- 18th of May – World Museum Day
- 5th of June – World Environment Day
- the last weekend of September (European Days of Cultural Heritage)
- the first Sunday of every month from the 1st of November to the 31st of March
- the 28th of October – Greek Public Holiday
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