Top 15 + 1 Museum List (Part I) – City Pin 5
Athens is one of the top destinations for those who seek culture and ancient history. The best way to find out the real history of this city is by visiting its museums and walk around the ehxibits.
There are many museums that fits each type of traveler, capable of satisfying even the most demanding ones. I would like to share with you these city pins so that you can experience myathenian view of life.
This is myathenian list of the top 15 + 1 museums in Athens (from my perspective of course!)!
The Acropolis Museum
The museum is focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens and is located on the ancient road that led up to the sacred rock in classical times, set only 280 meters away from the Parthenon and close to the magic area of Plaka.The entrance to the building is on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street (Akropoli Metro Station).
Tip: Enjoy the special dishes based on traditional recipes or the great greek coffee or a tasty wine when jazzy nights are on, with panoramic views of the Acropolis, at the cafe – restaurant of the museum.
National Archaeological Museum
The Museum houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. It is considered one of the greatest museums in the world and contains the richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide. It is situated in the Exarcheia area in central Athens while its entrance is on the Patission Street.
Tip: If you get lucky you may witness of of the culture events that take place just outside the museum or even inside it.
Benaki Museum (Pireos Street)
The Benaki Museum building is located at 138 Pireos Street, one of the central development axes of Athens. The spatial organisation and the style of the building aim to create a place where a short simple visit will not suffice.
Tip: The building operates throughout the day, offering visitors comfortable conditions for their visit and an opportunity to attend alternative events, or just to have a cup of coffee.
Byzantine and Christian Museum
The Byzantine and Christian Museum areas of competency are centred on (but not limited to) religious artefacts of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods which it exhibits.
The gardens of the Byzantine Museum are an oasis in the heart of the city where you can take an imaginary journey through history and art. Seating areas are provided under the fruit trees, surrounded by aromatic herbs and fountains.
Tip: Three small themed exhibitions of historic and archaeological interest are presented in the gardens and wait for you to discover them.
Benaki Museum of Islamic Art
The museum is located centrally, in a quiet neighborhood. The museum’s collection is said to rank among the most important worldwide and includes masterpieces from India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Arabia, Egypt, North Africa, Sicily, Spain, Asia Minor and the Middle East. Covering Islamic art from the 7th through the 19th centuries, it has a rich collection of Ottoman Art from the 16th century.
Tip: After visiting this special museum let yourself enjoy a coffee on the rooftop of the museum, which feels like a little balcony at a friend’s house and serves a great view of the Acropolis!
EXTRA TIP: Dont forget to check out the free entrance days for all visitors!!!
To be continued…