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  • 1. Acropolis Museum

    Acropolis | Museum/Gallery

    Designed by the celebrated Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi in collaboration with Greek architect Michalis Fotiadis, the Acropolis Museum made...Read More

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  • 2. Benaki Museum

    Kolonaki | Museum/Gallery

    Greece's oldest private museum received a spectacular addition in 2004, with a hypermodern new branch that looks like it was airlifted in from...Read More

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  • 3. Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum

    Makriyianni | Museum/Gallery

    Housing the creations of internationally renowned artist-jeweler Ilias Lalaounis, this private foundation also operates as an international...Read More

  • 4. Museum of Cycladic Art

    Kolonaki | Museum/Gallery

    Funded by one of Greece's richest families, this museum has an outstanding collection of 350 Cycladic artifacts dating from the Bronze Age,...Read More

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  • 5. National Archaeological Museum

    Exarcheia | Museum/Gallery

    Many of the greatest achievements in ancient Greek sculpture and painting are housed here in the most important museum in Greece. Artistic highlights...Read More

  • 6. Numismatic Museum Iliou Melathron

    Syntagma | Museum/Gallery

    Even those uninterested in coins might want to visit this museum for a glimpse of the former home of Heinrich Schliemann, who famously excavated...Read More

  • 7. B&M Theocharakis Foundation

    Kolonaki | Arts/Performance Venue

    A key reference point for Athens's culture vultures, this private nonprofit foundation focuses on the visual arts and music, with a special...Read More

  • 8. Benaki Museum of Islamic Art

    Gazi-Kerameikos | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in a gleaming white neoclassical mansion with a sweeping view of the Kerameikos cemetery (that can be relished over coffee at the rooftop...Read More

  • 9. Byzantine and Christian Museum

    Kolonaki | Museum/Gallery

    One of the few museums in Europe focusing exclusively on Byzantine art displays an outstanding collection of icons, mosaics, tapestries, and...Read More

  • 10. Center of Folk Art and Tradition

    Plaka | Museum/Gallery

    Exhibits in the neoclassical family mansion of folklorist Angeliki Hatzimichali (1895–1965) include detailed costumes, ceramic plates from Skyros...Read More

  • 11. Kanellopoulos Museum

    Plaka | Museum/Gallery

    The stately Michaleas Mansion, built in 1884, now showcases the Kanellopoulos family collection. It spans Athens's history from the 3rd century...Read More

  • 12. Melina Cultural Center

    Thissio | Museum/Gallery

    Named in honor of the famous Never on Sunday Greek actress who became a political figure in the 1980s, this center is installed in the former...Read More

  • 13. Museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments

    Plaka | Museum/Gallery

    An entertaining crash course in the development of Greek music, from regional dimotika (folk) to rembetika (blues), this museum has three...Read More

  • 14. National Historical Museum

    Syntagma | Museum/Gallery

    After making the rounds of the ancient sites, you might think that Greek history ground to a halt when the Byzantine Empire collapsed. A visit...Read More

  • 15. New Municipal Gallery of Athens

    Metaxourgeio | Museum/Gallery

    One of Athens's oldest neoclassical buildings became the new home of the city's Municipal Art Collection in 2010. The former silk factory, designed...Read More

  • 16. Technopolis

    Gazi-Kerameikos | Museum/Gallery

    Gazi, the neighborhood surrounding this former 19th-century-gasworks–turned–arts complex, takes its name from the toxic gas fumes that used...Read More

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  • 17. Greek Folk Art Museum

    Plaka | Museum/Gallery

    Run by the Ministry of Culture, the museum encompasses four buildings and focuses on folk art from 1650 to the present, with especially interesting...Read More

  • 18. Maria Callas Museum

    Gkazi-Kerameikos | Museum/Gallery

    Hidden within jazzy Technopolis is the small Maria Callas Museum, where you can study the opera diva's personal photo albums, letters, and clothes...Read More

  • 19. National Gallery of Art

    Ilisia | Museum/Gallery

    The permanent collections of Greek painting and sculpture of the 19th and 20th centuries (including the work of folk artist Theophilos) are...Read More

  • 20. Tzistarakis Mosque

    Monastiraki | Museum/Gallery

    The square's focal point, the 18th-century Tzistarakis Mosque, is now one of the four branches of the Greek Folk Art Museum. It houses a beautifully...Read More

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