Athens is not just the Acropolis

The participants of the 13th ESA Conference will have the chance to explore Athens and discover the “hidden stories” that the city preserves. Some suggestions are provided below:


Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum is located in the historical area of Makriyianni, southeast of the Rock of the Acropolis, on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, Athens. It is only 300 metres from the Acropolis and approximately two kilometres from Syntagma Square, the main square of the city of Athens. The  Acropolis Museum has a total area of 25,000 square meters, with exhibition space of over 14,000 square meters, ten times more than that of the old museum on the Hill of the Acropolis. The new Museum offers all the amenities expected in an international museum of the 21st century.

Acropolis Museum | Website


Address: 15 Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, Athens 11742

Enquiries: Tel.: +30 210 9000900

Access: the Acropolis Museum is accessible via Metro, Bus, Trolley-Bus and Tram: for more information please check below:

Bus Lines:  24, 40, 57, 103, 106, 108, 111, 126, 134, 135, 136, 137, 155, 206, 208, 227, 230, 237, 790, 856, Α2, Α3, Α4, Β2, Β3, Β4, Ε2, Ε22 (stop: Makriyianni)

Trolley-Bus lines: 1, 5, 15 (stop: Makriyianni)

Tram: Stop Leoforos Vouliagmenis

Metro: Line 2 (Anthoupoli-Elliniko) to Acropolis station


National Museum of Contemporary Art

The National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) began its operation in 2000. Permanent home of the Museum is the former Fix brewery on Syngrou Ave., the reconstruction of which was completed in February 2014. The building occupies 18.142 sqm. on a 3.123 sqm surface. The Museum’s collection is formed around a very important nucleus of works by Greek and foreign artists, such as Stephen Antonakos, Constantin (Dikos) Byzantios, Vlassis Caniaris, Chryssa, Mona Hatoun, Gary Hill, Emily Jacir, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Nikos Kessanlis, Jannis Kounellis, Shirin Neshat,  Lucas Samaras, Costas Tsoclis, Bill Viola, a.o, which is constantly enriched.

National Museum of Contemporary Art | Website


Address: Kallirrois Avenue & Amvr. Frantzi Str – Athens 117 43

General enquiries: Tel.: +30 211 1019000-99

Access: the National Museum of Contemporary Art is accessible via Metro (for more information please check below)

Metro: Line 2 (Anthoupoli-Elliniko) (Syngrou FIX station) and then walk for approximately 260 meters towards Kallirois Avenue


Benaki Museum

A unique museum and the first multipurpose cultural center in Athens – hosts a dozen of exhibitions and events every year. It is a unique museum showcasing the development of Greek culture – supports knowledge, research and freedom of expression. The Benaki Museum amongst others preserves and makes accessible as widely as possible its diverse collections through all available channels of communication and display; supports research onto history, archaeology and the study of material culture, architecture, photography, visual and performing arts and literature; educates and engages its audiences through permanent, temporary and travelling exhibitions, courses, programmes, events, publications and openly available resources; plays an active role in fostering social cohesion, safeguarding world heritage and inspiring intercultural dialogue; and maintains a dynamic connection with ongoing cultural processes in Greece and beyond.

Benaki Museum | Website


Address: 1 Koubari, 106 74 Athens, Greece

General enquiries: Tel.: +30 21 0367 1000


National Archeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece and one of the world’s greatest museums. Although its original purpose was to secure all the finds from the nineteenth century excavations in and around Athens, it gradually became the central National Archaeological Museum and was enriched with finds from all over Greece. Its abundant collections, with more than 11,000 exhibits, provide a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of Prehistory to Late Antiquity. The vast exhibition space – numerous galleries on each floor accounting for a total of 8,000 square metres – house five large permanent collections: the Prehistoric Collection, the Sculptures Collection, the Vase and Minor Objects Collection, the Metallurgy Collection, with many fundamental statues, figurines and minor objects and, finally, the only Egyptian and Near Eastern Antiquities Collection in Greece, with works dating from the pre-dynastic period (5000 BC) to the Roman conquest.

National Archeological Museum | Website


Address: 44 October 28th (former Pattision) street, 106 82 Athens

General enquiries: + 30 21 3214 4890

Access: The National Archeological Museum is accessible via Metro and Bus(for more information please check below)

Metro Lines : 1 (Stop Victoria) and walk for approximately 7 min. – 550 meters

Bus Lines: 035 (Stop Polytechneio)


Museum of Cycladic Art

Τhe Museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium BC. It was founded in 1986, to house the collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris. Since then it has grown in size to accommodate new acquisitions, obtained either through direct purchases or through donations by important collectors and institutions. The Museum of Cycladic Art is housed in two separate buildings, which are connected by a glass-roofed corridor: the Main Building, housing the permanent collections and the New Wing, and the Stathatos Mansion, housing the temporary exhibitions.

Museum of Cycladic Art | Website


Address: 4 Neophytou Douka street , 106 74 Athens

General enquiries: + 30 210 72 28 321-3

Access: The National Archeological Museum is accessible via Metro and  Bus (for more information please check below)

Metro Lines and Bus Lines : Metro line 3 (Stop Evangelismos) or Bus line 732 (Stop Rigillis) and then walk for approximately 100 meters


Byzantine and Christian Museum

The Byzantine and Christian Museum, which is based in Athens, is one of Greece’s national museums. Its areas of competency are centered on – but not limited to – religious artifacts of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods which it exhibits, but also acquires, receives, preserves, conserves, records, documents, researches, studies, publishes and raises awareness of. The museum has over 25,000 artifacts in its possession. The artifacts date from between the 3rd and 20th century AD and their provenance encompasses the entire Greek world, as well as regions in which Hellenism flourished. The size and range of the collections and value of the exhibits makes the Museum a veritable treasury of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art and culture.

Byzantine and Christian Museum | Website


Address: 22 Vas. Sofias Ave., 106 75 Athens

General enquiries: + 30 213 213 9517

Access: The Byzantine and Christian Museum is accessible via Metro, Bus and Trolley-Buses, for more information please check below:

Metro Lines: Metro line 3 (Stop Evangelismos)

Bus Lines: 054, 100, 203, 204, 220, 221, 224, 235, 608, 622, 732, 815, Χ14, Χ95, Α5, Ε14 (stop  ‘Rigillis’), 250 (stop ‘Evangelismos’) 450, 550 (stop ‘Ethniko Idryma Ereunon’), 060, 022 (stop at ‘Loukianou’)

Trolley-buses Lines: 3, 7, 8, 13 (stop Rigillis) 10 (stop  ‘Ethniko Idryma Ereunon’)


National Historical Museum

The National Historical Museum is permanently housed in the Old Parliament Building at Stadiou Street (Kolokotronis square) since 1960. The Museum narrates the history of Modern Greece: the period of Ottoman and Latin rule, the Greek War of Independence (1821), the liberation struggles, the creation of an independent state, the political, social and spiritual development of the Greeks up to the present day. The National Historical Museum was established by the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece, which since its creation in 1882 has been collecting historical items. The museum today houses more than 10 permanent collections: Ceramics, Clocks, Drawings, Figureheads, Flags, Folklore Collection, Furniture, Maps, Medallions and Medals, Military Uniforms, Paintings, Popular Prints and Cartoons, Prints, Sculptures, Seals and Weapons.

National Historical Museum | Website


Address: Old Parliament Building, 13 Stadiou Str., 105 61 Athens

General enquiries: + 30 210 3237617

Access: The National Historical Museum is accessible via Metro (for more information please check below)

Metro Lines: Metro line 3 (Stop Panepistimio – exit Korai square) and then walk approximately for 450 meters towards Stadiou Str.


Benaki Museum of Islamic Art

The Islamic art collections of the Benaki Museum are housed in a complex of neo-classical buildings located in the historical centre of Athens, in the Kerameikos district. Major archaeological sites located in the same area include the grounds of the ancient Agora (currently undergoing development), the Doric temple of Hephaestus (the “Theseio”) and the Museum of the ancient Kerameikos necropolis (cemetery). This complex of buildings at the corner of Agion Asomaton and Dipylou streets, was donated to the Museum by the late Lambros Eftaxias, who in his later years served as Honorary President of the Museum Board of Trustees.

Benaki Museum of Islamic Art | Website


Address: 22 Ag. Asomaton & 12 Dipilou St., 105 53 Athens

General enquiries: + 30 210 3237617

Access: The Benaki Museum of Islamic Art is accessible via Metro (for more information please check below)

Metro Lines:

Metro line 3 (Stop Monastiraki) and then walk for approximately 700 meters towards 22 Ag. Asomaton & 12 Dipilou Street

Metro line 1 (stop Theseion) and then walk for approximately 500 meters towards 22 Ag. Asomaton & 12 Dipilou Street


The Jewish Museum of Greece

The Jewish Museum of Greece was founded in 1977 to collect, preserve, research and exhibit the material evidence of 2,300 years of Jewish life in Greece. As a historical and ethnographical museum its main interest is to provide a vivid picture of Jewish life and culture as it was during those centuries. The collection contains more than ten thousand artifacts (some of which are unique) pertaining to the domestic and religious life, as well as the history of the Greek Jews. The new building of the Museum houses its rich collection and visitor services in an area of 800 m2, organized in permanent exhibition areas with thematic modular exhibits, an art gallery, a periodic exhibition space, a research library, a space for educational programs, a photo archive and laboratory and a conservation laboratory.

The Jewish Museum of Greece | Website


Address: 39 Nikis Street, 105 57 Athens

General enquiries: + 30 210 32 25 582

Access: The Benaki Museum of Islamic Art is accessible via Metro (for more information please check below)

Metro Lines: Metro lines 3 and 2 (Stop Syntagma – Exit Syntagma Square) and then walk for approximately 550 meters towards 39 Nikis Street


The Goulandris Museum of Natural History

Founded in 1965, the Goulandris Natural History Museum is home to zoological, botanical, marine, rock, mineral and fossil specimens. The Gaia Centre for Environmental Research & Education, founded in 2001, provides the unique opportunity to the visitor to get acquainted with Earth, the diversity of its landscapes, flora and fauna, via new interactive technologies, and understand the impact of human activity on the environment. Every day, hundreds of visitors, mainly school children, are guided and trained in order to develop and increase their environmental awareness. The specialist staff of the Museum and the Gaia Centre guides the visitors through the exhibition areas, providing useful information regarding the creation and evolution of our planet.

The Goulandris Museum of Natural History | Website


Address: 13 Levidou street, 145 62 Kifissia

General enquiries: +30 210 8015870

Access: the Goulandris Museum of Natural History is accessible via Railway and Bus (for more information please check below)

Railway and Bus Lines: Railway Line I (Piraeus- Kifissia)/ Station: KIFISSIA(Terminal station) and bus lines 721 (stop Othonos).


War Museum

The War Museum was established by the Hellenic State in 1964 in order to honor all those who fought for the country’s freedom. The relevant study was undertaken by a team of distinguished scientists, headed by Professor Thoukidides Valentis of the National Technical University of Athens (N.T.U.A). On July 18, 1975, the President of the Hellenic Republic H.E. Constantine Tsatsos and the Minister of National Defense Evangelos Averof-Tositsas inaugurated the Museum. The Museum’s mission, as this was determined is to collect, preserve and exhibit military artifacts and memorabilia, and to study, document and project the sacred struggles of the Greek nation from antiquity to the present day, in order to preserve the national memory and promote the historic continuity of Hellenism The Museum’s exhibition areas are distributed over four levels (floors) and present images of Greek history from antiquity to the present.

War Museum | Website


Address: 2 Rizari Street, 106 75 Athens

General enquiries: + 30 210-7252974-5-6

Access: The War Museum is accessible via Metro,  Bus and Trolley-Buses (for more information please check below)

Metro Lines: Metro line 3 (Stop Evangelismos) and then walk approximately for 200 meters towards Rizzari.

Bus Lines: 054, 100, 203, 204, 220, 221, 224, 235, 608, 622, 732, 815, Χ14, Χ95, Α5, Ε14 (stop  ‘Rigillis’), 250 (stop ‘Evangelismos’) 450, 550 (stop ‘Ethniko Idryma Ereunon’), 060, 022 (stop at ‘Loukianou’)

Trolley-buses Lines: 3, 7, 8, 13 (stop Rigillis) 10 (stop  ‘Ethniko Idryma Ereunon’)



 

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