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National Archaeological Museum of Athens | Largest collection of Greek antiquities

Calling all history enthusiasts and adventure lovers! The National Archaeological Museum of Athens isn’t your ordinary dusty museum. Here, you will come face to face with solid gold masks, intricate chalice cups, jaw-dropping marble statues, colossal frescoes, a 1300-year-old olive tree, rare manuscripts, and books. With 5 permanent collections and over 11,000 exhibits, the museum is a treasure trove of ancient Greek art and sculpture. Ditch the guidebooks and explore its many exhibits through innovative audio-guided tours and VR simulations.

Things to know before booking your National Archaeological Museum Athens tickets

  • Skip ahead of long lines with the . These tickets also include an audio guide app. You can take advantage of this complimentary audio guide to learn more about the museum’s exhibits. 
  • There’s a ticket for every budget. At around €15, you can get priority access to the museum along with a multilingual audio guide app. If you have a full day on hand, you can invest in multipass and combo tickets, which start from €37.53, and allow you to visit the Acropolis archaeological site, the Acropolis Museum, as well as the National Archaeological Museum Athens. 
  • To avoid the morning rush, consider visiting the museum after 12:30pm or during late evening hours, after 6pm. The  is valid for around 12 hours, so you can explore each of its exhibits comfortably. 

Which National Archaeological Museum ticket is best for you?

National Archaeological Museum Athens skip the line tickets

If you are short on time

Go for: Entry tickets
Duration: Valid for 12 hours
Guide: Multilingual audio guide

  • Skip ahead of long lines with these National Archaeological Museum Athens tickets. These tickets also include an online audio guide. Download this guide with the museum’s Wi-Fi and learn more about the museum’s exhibits. 
  • You can also upgrade your ticket to include a Plaka audio guide app. You can troll through the neighboring Plaka district and explore its quaint cafes, taverns, and narrow streets.

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National Archaeological Museum Athens tickets

If you are on a budget

Go for: Audio guided tickets
Duration: Valid for 12 hours
Guide: Multilingual audio guide

  • At around €15 to €22, you can enjoy priority access to the Athens National Archaeological Museum. These pocket-friendly tickets also include multilingual audio guides to familiarize you with the artifacts inside the museum. 
  • Depending on the kind of National Archaeological Museum Athens ticket you choose, you can also avail yourself of a Plaka audio guide. This audio guide will take you through the historic narrow streets and quaint taverns of the Plaka neighborhood beside the museum.

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National Archaeological Museum Athens tickets

If you are a history buff

Go for: Audio guided tickets and combo passes
Duration: Flexible
Guide: Multilingual audio guide

  • Book National Archaeological Museum Athens tickets including an audio guide to learn more about the objects and artifacts inside its premises. These tickets are ideal for those interested in ancient Greek heritage and art, from the Classical to the Roman period. 
  • If you want to visit the archaeological sites where the museum’s artifacts were originally found or displayed, book the Acropolis combo passes. You can get a closer look at the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, and Erechtheion, as well as the objects in the Acropolis Museum. 

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National Archaeological Museum Athens tickets

If you want to explore beyond

Go for: Combo tickets
Duration: Flexible
Guide: Multilingual audio guides

  • The Athens Archaeological Museum combo multipass tickets are ideal for visitors who have a full day on hand and want to explore more than just the museum’s objects. 
  • Depending on the kind of multipass tickets you choose, you can explore the Acropolis archaeological site, the Acropolis Museum, as well as Ancient Agora, Hadrian’s Library, Roman Agora, and more. These sites are situated quite close to one another, so you don’t have to spend much time commuting. 

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What to see at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens?

Collection of Egyptian antiquities

Collection of Egyptian antiquities

Spanning over 3000 years of Egyptian history, this collection showcases intricately decorated coffins like that of Nesi-Hensu, a priest’s wife, statues of gods and goddesses such as Isis and Osiris, several papyrus scrolls with spells from the Book of the Dead, and ushabti figurines meant to serve the dead in the afterlife.

Collection of Mycenean artifacts

Collection of Mycenean artifacts

Step back into the Bronze Age where the Mycenean civilization thrived in Greece between 3200 to 1100 BC. Look out for the gold mask of Agamemnon, which was once used to cover the face of this deceased Mycenean king, Vapheio cups with scenes of bull-taming, and Linear B tablets, one of the earliest forms of Greek scripture.

Collection of Cycladic works

Collection of Cycladic works

The Cycladic Islands were known for their minimalist pottery and figurines of fertility goddesses, often depicted with folded arms. You will also find marble bowls, decorated with incised patterns, a trademark of Cycladic craftsmen. Look out for a harp player figurine, a rare glimpse into the musical practices of that period.

Collection of Neolithic objects

Collection of Neolithic objects

The Neolithic pottery, often infused with geometric patterns, symbolized their transition from a nomadic lifestyle to a settled way of life. You will find axes, chisels, and other metal tools, showcasing their welding prowess. You will also notice small figurines of humans and animals together, which most likely were a part of religious rituals. 

Collection of ancient Greek sculptures

Collection of ancient Greek sculptures

The National Archaeological Museum Athens’ sculpture collection includes the earliest statues of kouroi (men) and korai (women), which were built as grave offerings. The bronze statue of Poseidon of Cape Artemision reflected the sharp angles and dynamic poses of the Classical era. The Jockey of Artemision reflected the Hellenistic period’s focus on realism.

Collection of metalworks

Collection of metalworks

This collection includes household items, weapons, and farming tools and provides insights into the daily lifestyle and technological advancements of the ancient Greeks. Look out for their Antikythera mechanism, the world’s first analog computer. Here, you will also find larger-than-life metal statues of popular gods like Zeus and Poseidon.

Digital exhibitions at the Archaeological Museum of Athens

Parallel Time: Meet the Clay Army in Greece
The Countless Aspects of the Beautiful

The Countless Aspects of the Beautiful

Period: Starting from the 5th century BC
Significant artifacts:
Venus de Milo, Discobolus, and the Doryphoros
Highlights:

  • This exhibition at the Athens National Archaeological Museum celebrates the Greek pursuit of idealized human form and beauty. From marble statues, and bronze figurines, to terracotta pieces, you can witness the evolution of Greek art and aesthetics here. 
  • The collection also includes red and black figure vases of Gods and heroes as well as pieces of jewelry, such as necklaces, earrings, and diadems, studded with precious stones.
Antiquities and the Greek Revolution

Antiquities and the Greek Revolution

Period: Around 510 BC to 323 BC
Significant artifacts:
Letters, portraits, and personal items of notable members of society
Highlights:

  • From weapons and armor to personal items used by soldiers during the War of Independence, this exhibition helps visitors make sense of the revolutionary movement from Ottoman rule from 1821 to 1830. 
  • This section of the Archaeological Museum also includes interactive maps. AR screens, and multimedia presentations to highlight the importance of conserving ancient artifacts. It is the rediscovery of these very objects that instilled a sense of national identity among Greek soldiers during the War of Independence. 

Odysseys

Period: Around 1200 BC
Significant artifacts:
Vases painted with scenes from heroic epics, ancient manuscripts, Renaissance paintings, and modern adaptations of the Odyssey
Highlights:

  • This exhibition displays audio guides and VR experiences to bring the Odyssey’s stories to life. You can experience a simulation of Odysseus’ ship and encounter legendary creatures like the Cyclops and sirens.
  • Here, you will also find a number of modern literary works related to the epic, providing a comprehensive understanding of ancient Greek mythology. Isn’t it intriguing how a story written a millennia ago continues to inspire storytellers to re-interpret the Homeric heroes?

Plan your visit to the Archaeological Museum of Athens

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National Archaeological Museum Athens opening hours

Address: 28is Octovriou, Athina, 106 82, Greece
Find on maps

  • By bus: 022, 14, A7, A8, B11, B9, B5, 224, 605, 622, and 608
    Nearest stop: Polytechneio
  • By train: P2, P3, and P3B
    Nearest station: Larissa
  • By subway: M1 and M2
    Nearest station: Victoria (Green Line) and Omonia (Red Line)
  • By trolleybus: 2,3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14
    Nearest stop: National Archaeological Museum
  • By car: Traveling from Piraeus to the Athens Archaeological Museum will take you around 20 minutes via the E091 route. The distance is around 12.8km. 
    Nearest parking: Mpoumpolinas Street, Zaimi Street, Alexandras Avenue, Komnenos Brothers Parking
National Archaeological Museum Athens entrances
Facilities available at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens
National Archaeological Museum Athens Wheelchair Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible: The National Archaeological Museum in Athens offers ramps up the main entrance and beside all steps inside the museum to ensure visitors in wheelchairs can navigate around comfortably. The museum also offers an elevator to access the basement and the first floor. There are wide, accessible restrooms in the basement for visitors with limited mobility. 
  • Wheelchair available: The museum also keeps a wheelchair in their basement, lest anyone may request it. If you need a wheelchair to tour the museum, make sure to inform the authorities before your visit.
  • Tactile tours and workshops: The museum organizes special educational programs and tours for visitors with hearing disabilities. The museum also provides a special facility where visitors with partial or total vision loss can touch around 20 sculptures within the museum. A knowledgeable personnel will accompany all visitors with special educational needs throughout their tours. 
  • Guide dogs: You can bring guide dogs to the museum premises. However, please ensure they are on leash and well-behaved. 
National Archaeological Museum Athens rules and regulations
  • Avoid flash photography: You cannot click pictures with flash at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. Also, make sure to avoid artefacts with relevant signs or symbols when clicking pictures. 
  • Do not leave valuables in the cloakroom: Do not leave coats, jewellery, cash, or any of your valuable belongings at the museum’s cloakroom. If anything goes missing or ends up damaged, the museum won’t be responsible for your loss. 
  • Avoid eating in the museum areas: The museum has a beautiful cafe overlooking its gardens, where you can grab tea and sandwiches. Do not bring outside food or drinks inside the galleries. 
  • Avoid tripods and selfie sticks: Do not bring tripods, selfie sticks, bulky camera gear, and drones to the museum. If you wish to film any of the interior exhibits for professional use, you need to ask permission from the museum authorities. 
Benaki Museum
  • Start your visit with lesser-known exhibits: Popular collections like the Egyptian section and Myceneae section attract the largest number of visitors. Start your tour with lesser-known but historically significant collections like the Cycladic and Neolithic objects to save time. 
  • Keep a few hours on hand: The museum has over 11,000 exhibits, spread across the basement and the first floor, along with a beautiful cafe overlooking the garden. You would need over 3 to 4 hours to look at every exhibit in the museum. Make sure you wear your most comfortable, closed shoes to explore each of the exhibits.
  • Visit the garden: The museum has a small garden, dotted with umbrella pines and vibrant flowers in as many shades as you can imagine. Make sure to take a walk in the garden at the end of your tour. 
  • Combine your visit with nearby attractions: The museum is close to other major attractions like the Benaki Museum, Pedion tou Areos Park, and the Epigraphical Museum. Plan a day trip and visit all these attractions during your visit. 
  • Try your hand at painting: If anything catches your artistic fancy, you can set up your canvas at the Athens National Archaeological Museum. As long as your setup does not interfere with others’ line of view, you can spend as much time as you want inside the galleries.
  • Homemade Flavors (130 m away): Besides the museum cafe, this restaurant is the closest to the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. Try their moussaka, a dish made from layers of eggplant, meat, and bechamel sauce. Their souvlaki, grilled skewers with pita bread, onions, and tomatoes are also always in demand. 
  • 8848 Asian Restaurant and Sushi Bar (290 m away): Known for its high-quality sushi and dragon rolls, this establishment boasts a chic and modern setting. Their revolving sushi bar, a variety of dim sums, and Pad Thai noodles are particularly popular among guests. 
  • Restaurant Paula (260 m away): They are known for their Greek and Mediterranean fusion cuisine. Their grilled octopus, served with a drizzle of olive oil and lemon on the side, lamb kleftiko with herbs and vegetables, and creamy seafood risotto are must-try dishes.  
  • ST’ ASTRA Restaurant (400 m away): This restaurant features a scenic view of the Acropolis archaeological site and is known for its Greek and international dishes. Make sure to try their beef fillet with truffle sauce and lobster pasta.
  • Guerilla Chef Burgers(400 m away): They are famous for their gourmet burgers, made from seasonal, fresh ingredients. Their classic cheeseburger and BBQ burger are all the rage among visitors.

Beyond museums in Athens: What to see?

Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon
Temple of Olympian Zeus

Frequently asked questions about the National Archaeological Museum Athens tickets

Are there skip-the-line tickets available to visit the National Archaeological Museum of Athens?

Yes, you can skip ahead of long lines with the Athens National Archaeological Museum entry tickets. The ticket also includes an audio guide app to help you know more about the museum’s exhibits, If you wish to explore the take a stroll around the Plaka neighborhood beside the museum, you can upgrade your ticket to include the Plaka audio guide app.

Why should I book National Archaeological Museum Athens tickets online?

It is best to book National Archaeological Museum Athens tickets online to secure guaranteed access and ensure priority entry to the museum. Online ticket bookings also help you save time and money. You can not only skip ahead of long lines but also enjoy complimentary inclusions like an audio guide app with these entry tickets.

Can I get discounts on Athens National Archaeological Museum tickets?

Yes, if you book National Archaeological Museum Athens tickets online, you can enjoy reduced prices, complimentary add-ons, and flexible cancellation policies. The museum’s entry tickets also include an audio guide app. Use the museum’s free Wi-Fi to download the audio guide and have an informative experience strolling through its exhibits.

What can you see with Athens National Archaeological Museum tickets?

The National Archaeological Museum Athens has around 11,000 exhibits spanning across the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman periods. These artifacts are categorized into groups like the Egyptian collection, Mycenae collection, and metalworks collection, and displayed on the basement and the first floor. Look out for the Gold Mask of Agamemnon, the Mycenae Warrior Vase, the Antikythera mechanism, and the marble and bronze statues of Olympian gods and goddesses to learn more about Greek heritage.

What are the opening hours of the Athens National Archaeological Museum?

The National Archaeological Museum Athens is open from 1pm to 8pm on all Tuesdays of the year, between 8:30am and 3:30pm from 1 November to 31 March, from 9am to 4pm from 1 April to 13 May, and from 8am to 8pm from 14 May to 31 October. 

Where is the Archaeological Museum of Athens located?

The Athens National Archaeological Museum is located close to the historic Plaka neighborhood on 28is Octovriou, Athina, 106 82, Greece. The museum has a colossal Neoclassical facade at the entrance. The galleries are located on the eastern side of the vast campus-like inside. The museum also has a cafe and garden for visitors. 

How to get to the National Archaeological Museum of Athens?

Board any bus between 022, 14, A7, A8, B11, B9, B5, 224, 605, 622, and 608 to reach Polytechnio. The bus stop is a few minutes away from the museum. The M1 and M2 lines also go towards the Athens Archaeological Museum. Get down at Victoria if you are traveling along the Green Line and at Omonia along the Red Line. You can also choose trolleybuses between 2,3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, and 14 to reach the ‘National Archaeological Museum’ stop.

Is the archaeological museum in Athens accessible to wheelchair users?

Yes, the National Archaeological Museum Athens is accessible to visitors with limited mobility, and hearing difficulties, as well as guests with partial and full vision loss. The museum's side entrance on Vasileos Irakliou is specially reserved for visitors in wheelchairs. There are ramps and elevators connecting every storied level. The museum also has a special facility where visitors with vision loss can touch and feel up to 20 sculptures.

Are children allowed at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens?

The Athens Archaeology Museum not only displays a wide range of artifacts but also provides information snippets below them for more context. Beyond that, the museum’s main highlight is its digital exhibitions with audio-guided tours, VR experiences, and reconstruction features. Experience what it must have been like on Odysseus’ ship sailing back to Athens and reconstruct the ruined sculptures to see what they might have looked like back in their glory days.

Can I click pictures at the National Archaeological Museum?

You can click pictures of most of the artifacts at the National Archaeological Museum Athens collection. Do not click pictures of objects with relevant signs and symbols. Be mindful of the information signs and do not take pictures of the restricted areas. Avoid flash photography, selfie sticks, drones, and tripods at all costs. You need to get permission from the museum authorities to film content for professional use.