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
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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