National Archaeological Museum

Get a closer look at Greek antiquity. Kids will be excited to see in real life the sculptures, pots, weapons and jewels that they have probably seen in either books or on TV.

  • National Archaeological Museum
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  • National Archaeological Museum
    ©Depositphotos.com/KidsLoveGreece

The National Archaeological Museum is the biggest museum in Greece, with a huge range of collections covering all periods of antiquity.

The neoclassical museum building is impressive in itself. Inside, you can find exhibits dating from the prehistoric era to the Cycladic and Mycenaean civilizations. There are many sculptures, figurines and pots and weapons 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 want to see, depending on the age and interests of your kids. If they are very young, we believe that they will like the marble figurines, items from the pre-historic collection and the impressive sculpture collection.

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
  • There is an elevator
  • During free-entrance-days, the museum gets crowded
  • For prompt information about the timetable and tickets please follow this link: www.namuseum.gr/en
  • Rent high-quality baby & toddler travel gear such as car seats, strollers and baby carriers through Baby Traveller, the new family service provider in Greece

Kids will love

  • The ancient finds of the shipwreck of Antikythera, including the famous Antikythera Mechanism.
  • 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
  • The Antikythera Mechanism, the first analogue computer in the world
  • Time to relax or drink a coffee in the museum garden or in the museum café

Best season to visit

  • Open during Spring Spring
  • Open during Summer Summer
  • Open during Autumn Autumn
  • Open during Winter Winter
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Timetable

Museum
Monday 13:00 – 20:00
Tuesday – Saturday 08:00 – 20:00
Sunday and public holidays 08:00 – 15:00
The museum remains closed on the 25th and 26th of December, 1st of January, 25th of March, Easter Sunday and 1st of May

Café on the ground floor of the museum
Open during the opening hours and days of the museum

Shop
Open Monday 13:00 – 20:00 and Tuesday – Sunday 08:00 – 16:00

Café ‘The garden of the museum’ in the square in front of the museum
Monday – Sunday 07:00 – 23:00

Pricing

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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Other parents say...

  • The museum looks like a maze with lots of hidden treasures located inside.

    Kalia L.
  • A truly unique museum not to be missed. Our grandchildren 12 and 14 years old really enjoyed it.

    Nitsa K.
  • An amazing collection located in a nice place. A good alternative for the very hot days of the summer.

    Loukia M.
  • One of the coolest museums in the world! You will need to allow a lot of time to see it all. I was impressed with the temporary exhibition of the wreck of Antikithira! So many amazing objects buried at the bottom of the sea.

    Nikos H.
  • The visit to the museum is a great alternative for a rainy or hot day in Athens with your kids.

    Lydia Z.