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National Archeological Museum

With the Athens City Pass you can visit the National Archeological Museum for free and you save € 15.

Archaeologisches Nationalmuseum in Athen

The National Archeological Museum offers a panorama of Greek civilization from Prehistory to Late Antiquity and is one of the most popular museums in the city. It hosts the only Egyptian and Near Eastern Antiquities Collection in Greece.

Opening hours National Archeological Museum

November to March
Monday to Sunday: 08:00AM–03:00PM 

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

The museum is open daily so as to accommodate its numerous visitors. Even in the winter period with its earlier closing times (08:00AM to 03:00PM) guests still have time to at least be able to see its most significant exhibits. If you are visiting in the summer months (April to October) then you can benefit from the extended opening times from 08:00AM to 08:00PM, to truly experience the museum and its vast collections. 

Admission fee National Archeological 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 National Archeological Museum

By ordering the Athens City Pass Complete, you have free access to the National Archeological 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 National Archeological Museum

28is Oktovriou (Patission) 44
Athens 10682

+30 213 214800,
+30 2132144891 

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The National Archeological Museum is situated in the bohemian area of Exarcheia in the city centre and it is adjacent to the historical building of Athens Polytechnic University. Patission has officially been renamed to 28is Octovriou but locals keep calling it Patission. Many of the street signs have both names. Either way it is a broad commercial street with many interesting buildings.  

Directions National Archeological Museum

Metro line 1 to Omonoia or Victoria
Metro line 2 to Omonoia
Bus line Β5, Α7, Α8, Β8, Β12, Γ12, 022, 035, 046, 060, 224, 605, 608, 622
Trolley line 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 13, 15, 18, 19 

The National Archeological Museum is located centrally in downtown Athens. Many bus and trolley lines stop directly at the main entrance of the museum. If you come with the metro from Omonoia then choose the exit that says Patission/28is Oktovriou. Walk up Patission Str. and after 7-8 blocks (ca. 8-10 minutes) you will see the small park outside the museum. From Victoria walk upwards at Heyden Str. and turn right on Patission. After 6 blocks (ca. 8-10 minutes) you will see the small park outside the museum.

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 National Archeological Museum

  • Panorama of Greek civilization
  • Unique exhibits and artifacts 
  • The only Egyptian collection in Greece
  • Free entry with your Athens City Pass

Special conditions of use

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

The site 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–06:00PM, Holy Saturday (Greek Easter) 08:00AM–05:00PM. 

Last admission is 20 minutes before closing time. 

Nearby National Archeological Museum

Directly next to the National Archeological Museum stands the Epigraphic Museum with its impressive and vast collection of inscriptions and tablets. A combined visit to both museums is highly recommendable. The surrounding area of Exarcheia is an interesting neighborhood of down town Athens due to its intellectual and political character. Visitors can see some typical examples of the Modernist Movement of Greek architecture in the inter war period, such as the Blue Building on Exarcheia Square. 

The collections of the National Archeological Museum

The museum was founded in the late 19th century. Meanwhile it has become the largest museum in Greece hosting more than 11.000 exhibits. The permanent collections include prehistoric antiquities, sculptures and vases. It is one of the most important museums for Greek history and home to some of the most significant historic artifacts from the Antiquity. 

The exhibits are housed in a large neoclassical building divided in 52 rooms. From these rooms, 49 are used for the display of the permanent collections and the other 3 for the temporary ones. The permanent collections are divided in the following categories: Neolithic, Mycenaean, Cycladic, the Thira Exhibition, Sculptures, Vases & Minor Objects, Metalwork, Cypriot Antiquities, Egyptian & Near Eastern Antiquities, Stathatos Collection (mostly jewellery).

The National Archeological Museum offers its visitors guided tours in English, German, French and many other languages. These tours are led by licensed guides and last minimum one hour. You can choose between individual tours or within a group, depending on your special needs and interests.

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