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Museums in Athens: Tickets and Tours

Athens is known all over the world as the birthplace of democracy. The Greek capital is a popular tourist destination that is home to an impressive amount of ancient artifacts.

Museum tours in Athens offer a variety of exhibits sure to keep travelers entertained for hours. From preserved archaeological discoveries dating back thousands of years to Formula One racing cars, there are museums in Athens for every visitor.

Book your museum tickets and check out the historic landmarks, archeological findings and impressive collections scattered throughout the hilly terrain — and discover why Athens remains one of the world’s most beloved cities.

Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum is one of the most prominent archeological museums in the world. It is perched atop the ancient remains of Athens’s famous archaeological site, the Acropolis. You will find over 4,250 artifacts in this museum, some even dating back to the Middle-Neolithic era.

The 2,468-year-old Parthenon temple sits only a few hundred meters away from the museum, so you can also stop there while visiting the Acropolis Museum.

Self-guided tours are available for those who want to tour the museum at their own pace. If you’re interested in learning the in-depth history behind each relic, you can take a guided tour with a licensed guide.

Each artifact offers unique insight into ancient Greek culture. Aside from the spectacular displays, visitors can partake in archaeological walks, gallery tours and occasional music events.

Cycladic Art Museum

In this enormous private collection of Cycladic art, you will find works that inspired Picasso! Small marble figurines were a staple of early Bronze Age artist and you can find plenty throughout the museum. Outside of Cyprus itself, this is one of the largest collections of artifacts from the Cycladic culture.

The Cycladic Art Museum contains four permanent exhibitions displaying a variety of Cycladic, Ancient Cypriot and Ancient Greek art. Various temporary exhibits take over portions of the museum throughout the year.

The fourth floor contains themed displays of daily life in the ancient world from birth through death. This museum is a must-see if you’re interested in artwork from Cyprus and the Aegean islands.

Agora Museum

The Agora Museum attracts history buffs and art connoisseurs from all over the globe even though it houses a comparatively smaller exhibit. The museum is housed in the reconstructed Stoa of Attallos and is filled with artifacts dating back to the Stone Age.

Back in its heyday, the Stoa would have been a common gathering place bustling with merchants and buyers. It was well known as the city’s center for politics and finances.

The Agora Museum is the best example we have of an ancient Greek agora: a public space functioning as the center of artistic, spiritual, political, business and social life in the city.

What once was a fully functioning center for the city now serves as a glimpse into the daily life of ancient Athenians. Jewels, coins, sculptures and weaponry make up just a few of the types of artifacts you will find displayed around the museum during your tour.

Many of these items were likely traded in the Agora thousands of years ago. You can discover the birthplace of philosophy and democracy as you walk in the footsteps of ancient Athenians.

Benaki Museum of Greek Culture

In the Benaki Museum of Greek Culture, you will find Antonis Benakis’s private collection of Greek artwork. The museum is diachronically arranged, allowing visitors to easily discover significant Greek artwork from pre-history to the 20th century.

Benakis donated his collection to the Greek nation and many other collectors have donated remarkable creative works to the museum. This ever-growing collection rests inside an alluring neoclassical building located just a short distance from the Hellenic Parliament and the National Gardens.

For visitors who want a more personalized experience, check out the private walking tours through the Benaki Museum and the Temple of Zeus!

Hellenic Motor Museum

Whether you’re a car fanatic or you’re experiencing anachronistic overload from endless ancient greek culture, the Hellenic Motor Museum offers a refreshing collection of the world’s most impressive cars.

Located near the National Archaeological Museum, the Hellenic Motor Museum proudly houses Theodore N. Charagionis’ private collection of over 110 unique car exhibits. Despite having no connection with Greece, the museum continues to attract a global crowd every year

Starting with the history of the wheel, you will discover the evolution of the global automotive industry through impressive exhibits. You can’t leave the museum without experiencing the Formula One driving simulator (priced separately from admission tickets).

Take a break from the ancient temples and walk through the history of the world’s most coveted cars!

War Museum

The Hellenic Republic established the War Museum in Athens to honor those who have fought for the freedom of the Greek nation. Displayed in chronological order, this museum contains rare military artifacts from the Greek Revolution, Napoleonic Wars and more.

You can discover weapons in the museum that were used to fight for the nation’s freedom and serve as physical representations of unwavering Grecian bravery.  

As a hot spot for history buffs, this museum aims to collect, preserve and display war relics from Greece. Be sure to check out the photographic and cinematographic archives while you’re there!

Frissiras Museum

Providing yet another break from Ancient Athenian artifacts, this Frissiras Museum contains the most extensive collection of modern European paintings in Greece! Over 4,000 pieces of art line the walls of the Frissiras, proving itself a fine spot for modern art enthusiasts.

The museum sits near the Acropolis inside a striking neoclassical building that was recently renovated. This vast collection was started in the 1970s by Greek lawyer and passionate art collector, Vlassis Frissiras.

Discover 20th and 21st-century artists from Greece and around the continent all in one place. Visitors can tour the building in a self-guided tour, ending with rotating special exhibits that display the latest European art trends.