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Byzantine and Christian Museum

Visit with your Athens City Pass the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens for free and save € 15.

Byzantinisches und Christliches Museum in Athen

The Byzantine and Christian Museum owns over 30.000 artifacts from the Byzantine period (4th- 15th century AD). These include paintings, icons, mosaics, sculptures, textiles and manuscripts. Due to the size and significance of the collection the museum is one of the most important concerning the Byzantine era. 

Opening hours Byzantine and Christian Museum

November to March
Mondays: closed 
Tuesday to Sunday: 09:00AM–04:00PM 

April to October
Monday to Sunday: 08:00AM–08:00PM 

From April to October the museum’s guests can benefit from the long visiting hours, from 08:00AM to 08:00PM, to explore in depth all the collections. In the winter period (November-March) the museum is open from 09:00AM to 04:00PM every day except for Monday. Make sure to schedule your visit accordingly so that you don’t miss the chance to visit this exceptional museum.  

Admission fee Byzantine and Christian Museum

Unified ticket Full: €15
Reduced: €8
Minors (under 18 years old) do not need to pay an admission fee.

Valid identity card or passport is needed to confirm the age.  

Ticket Byzantine and Christian Museum

By ordering the Athens City Pass for 6 days, you have free access to the Byzantine and Christian Museum. You will receive your ticket enclosed in the Athens City Pass package, at home before your trip or you can pick it up at our local pickup station, at Athens International Airport.

Address Byzantine and Christian Museum

Leoforos Vasilississ Sofias 22
Athens 10675

+30 213 2139500

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Directions Byzantine and Christian Museum

Metro line 3 to Evagelismos
Bus line 054, 100, 203, 204, 220, 221, 224, 235, 608, 622, 732, 815, X14, X95, A5 or E14 to Rigillis
Bus line 250 to Evagelismos
Bus line 450 or 550 to Ethniko Idrima Erevnon
Bus line 060 or 022 to Loukianou
Trolley line 3, 7, 8 or 13 to Rigillis
Trolley line 10 to Ethniko Idrima Erevnon 

The Byzantine Museum is located just a few meters from the Evagelismos metro station which is the most comfortable way to reach it. After you leave the platform, follow the exit that says Vasilissis Sofias Ave./Rizari Str. When you are outside the station you will easily spot the museum inside a cultural park. If you want you may use one of the many buses and trolleys that stop either outside the museum or in a very short walking distance.

Note: Greek buses do not have an announcement board for the stops. We advise you to ask the driver to notify you when approaching your stop. 

Highlights Byzantine and Christian Museum

  • A significant collection of byzantine icons
  • Religious and secular artifacts
  • Preserves the Byzantine cultural heritage
  • Free with the Athens City Pass

Special conditions of use

You can profit from free and priority entrance to the Byzantine and Christian Museum with the Athens City Pass Complete. 

The museum is closed on the following days: Jan. 1st, Mar. 25th, May 1st, Easter Sunday (Greek Easter), Dec. 25th/26th

Special opening times: Good Friday (Greek Easter) 12:00PM–05:00PM

Last admission is 15 minutes before closing time. 

Nearby the Byzantine and Christian Museum

Ideally situated next to the Byzantine Museum is the Lyceum, the grounds of Aristotle’s philosophical school. A combined visit to both attractions is highly recommendable. Afterwards you can head towards Kolonaki for shopping or relaxing in one of the many cafes on the central square. 

The collections of the Byzantine and Christian Museum

The building that is now the Byzantine and Christian Museum was built in 1840 as the private residence of the Duchess Sophie and it was called Vila Ilissia. In 1926 it was granted as the premises of the Byzantine and Christian Museum. Its exterior remained in the original design but the interior was modified to fit the purposes of the museum. 

The permanent collection showcases the evolution of the Byzantine Empire from the 4th century till its demise in the 15th century. The vast array of artifacts includes icons, paintings, mosaics, textiles, religious objects, manuscripts and many more. A part of the exhibition is dedicated to the influence of Byzantium in modern times. 

The Byzantine Museum is considered to be one of the top institutions regarding the Byzantine era due to its impressive collection and scientific projects. 

The Athens City Pass Complete entitles you to free access to the Byzantine and Christian Museum with priority entrance. Simply, buy it online.