National Archaeological Museum in Athens

National Archaeological Museum in Athens

The National Archaeological Museum, founded at the end of the 19th cent. is, not only the largest archaeological museum in Greece, but its collection of Ancient Greek art is considered one of the finest in the world. 


The National Archaeological Museum of Athens, built between 1866 and 1889, was initially named the Central Museum. It was first established to display the numerous findings dating from the beginning of Prehistory to Late Antiquity excavated in Athens and its surroundings. In later years, it housed objects from all over the country.

During World War II, the imposing neoclassical building was closed, and its pieces were placed in wooden boxes and buried to avoid the German troops from looting them. Once the war was over, the museum reopened in 1945.


The collection is displayed along the museum’s two floors and is divided into various exhibitions, including the Prehistory Collection, the Sculpture Collection, the Vase and Minor Objects Collection, and the Metallurgy Collection. It also houses a varied art collection from Ancient Egypt.

Visitors will get a good idea of the Ancient Greek civilization by visiting this vast museum which includes pots carved out of stone, bronze objects, jewelry, mummies, small ceramic objects, ivory, marble, and glass objects. There are also several gold funerary masks.

Not to be missed

The National Archaeological Museum of Athens houses the most beautiful Greek antiquity gems and is one of the city’s most popular museums.

Although the museum is quite large, its visit is extremely entertaining since its exhibitions are very varied and unique.


From 1 November to 31 March

  • Tuesday: 1 pm to 8 pm
  • Wednesday to Monday: from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

From 16 April to 31 October

  • Tuesday: 1 pm to 8 pm
  • Wednesday to Monday: 8 am to 8 pm

Closed: 25 and 26 December, 1 January, 25 March, and 1 May.


Low season (from 1 November to 31 March): 6 (US$ 6.40)
High season (from 1 April to 31 October): 12 (US$ 12.90)
Ages 25 and under: free admission.


Metro: Viktoria, line 1; Omonoia, lines 1 and 2.

Nearby places

Lycabettus Hill (1.3 km) Numismatic Museum of Athens (1.3 km) Monastiraki (1.5 km) Kolonaki (1.5 km) Syntagma Square (1.5 km)