National Archaeological Museum

Get a closer look at Greek antiquity. Your children 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
  • National Archaeological Museum

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

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

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


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.