Best Museums in Greece


Travel through Greek history in the most exciting, sophisticated and rewarding ways at these exemplary museums

With an incredible wealth of cultural heritage spanning thousands of years, Greece is a country that offers museum lovers something to discover wherever they go. In recent decades, there have been significant advances in the way the country’s invaluable artefacts are displayed, with many state-of-the-art museums being opened to showcase sculptures, works of art, utilitarian objects and much more, using new technologies, sophisticated lighting and digital presentations, as well as disability-friendly exhibition experiences.

What’s more, in order to encourage children and adults alike to better connect with exhibits, many Greek museums today go way beyond their permanent and temporary exhibitions, actively organising ongoing workshops, talks, presentations and artistic events and housing wonderful museum stores selling replicas as well as unique art and items created by Greek designers and inspired by the museum.

Here we present the best of the best museums in the capital, on the mainland and on the islands. These are the places not to be missed if you want to enrich your knowledge, vision and understanding of this multifaceted country.


National Archaeological Museum

A must-see for anyone interested in delving into the farthest depths of Greek history and art, the museum boasts more than 20,000 artefacts documenting Greek civilisation from the earliest times to the end of Antiquity. It covers 8,000 square metres of exhibition space and is housed in a late 19th-century neoclassical building with five main collections: Prehistory, Sculpture, Vases and Small Objects, Metallurgy and Egyptian and Near Eastern Antiquities. Highlights include Mycenaean antiquities with treasures from the 15th century BC and restored Santorini frescoes, as well as significant Geometric, Archaic and Classical art.

The museum, which is wheelchair accessible, presents educational programmes and services for individuals with total or partial loss of vision via tactile thematic tours and workshops.

Address: 44 Patission Street, Exarcheia, Phone: +30 213 2144891, Website


Acropolis Museum

The new Acropolis Museum houses a dazzling array of ancient artefacts in a sleek, ultra-modern setting flooded with natural light. Its spacious design accommodates a vast collection, ranging from the “Acropolis Slopes” exhibit to the detailed Archaic period displays. This area presents artifacts from the Acropolis area, featuring theatrical masks and vases dedicated to Nymphe, a marital deity. An entire floor showcases the Archaic era (650 BC–480 BC), including a wide array of statues. This section also houses artifacts from the Hekatompedon, possibly an earlier structure than the renowned Parthenon, like the famous lion and bull sculpture from 570 BC. Additionally, the museum honors the iconic Caryatids, the female sculptures from the Erectheion, by leaving an empty spot for the one located in the British Museum in London.

The museum’s most impressive area, the Parthenon Gallery, aligns perfectly with the Parthenon itself, offering a unique perspective of the ancient temple. This gallery poignantly highlights the absence of the original Parthenon Marbles, emphasising Greece’s stance on their return. Visitors can witness a blend of the nation’s archaic grandeur and contemporary architectural ingenuity, walking along glass floors and almost always with views of the majestic Acropolis looming right above. Kids can enjoy treasure hunts and drawing materials to make their visit – and yours, a lot more enjoyable. The museum is fully accessible for people with physical disabilities.

Address: 15 Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, Makriyianni, Phone: +30 210 9000900-1, Website


Benaki Museum of Greek Culture

Originally the neoclassical residence of the Benaki family, since 1926 the museum offers a titillating visual journey through history and art, with Greece at its centre. The museum’s 36 rooms travel visitors through different eras, showcasing everything from ancient gold bowls and Byzantine icons to Lord Byron’s pistols, and brilliantly illustrating the many facets of Greece’s rich past. Its elegant interiors contain a fascinating collection ranging from prehistoric, ancient Greek and Roman art and post-Byzantine and Neo-Hellenic art to Chinese, Korean, Coptic and Islamic art, as well as modern pieces that reflect the breadth of Greek civilisation as well as influences from abroad.

This may be the original museum, but it is not the only Benaki Museum in Athens; there are also an avant-garde annex on 138 Pireos Street, the Museum of Islamic Art in Kerameikos, and the Toy Museum in Faliron.

Address: 1 Koumbari, Kolonaki, Phone: +30 210 3671030, Website


Byzantine and Christian Museum

Founded in 1914, the museum stands as a key cultural institution in Greece, dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the region’s Byzantine and post-Byzantine heritage from the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods. It houses an impressive collection of some 25,000 artefacts, including portable icons, sculptures, ecclesiastical textiles, ceramics and a range of artistic and architectural pieces, from murals to mosaics.

The vast permanent collection is divided into two sections: the first, covering the Byzantine period (4th to 15th centuries), contains around 1,200 objects, while the second, entitled ‘From Byzantium to the Modern Era‘, contains 1,500 objects from the 15th to 20th centuries. The museum hosts temporary exhibitions and its cafe has a loyal clientele who enjoy its cosiness in winter and a scenic garden setting in summer.

Address: 22 Vas. Sofias Ave, Kolonaki, Phone: +30 213 2139517, Website



National Gallery

In 2021, the new National Gallery of Athens Alexandros Soutsos Museum, reopened after a €60 million renovation – and a long wait for art-loving Athenians – in a state-of-the-art building, now occupying 20,760 square metres – almost twice its previous size. An essential stop for culture vultures, the three-storey space not only showcases an awe-inspiring collection of western European art but also more than 20,000 works of Greek paintings, sculptures, engravings and other forms of art from the post-Byzantine times until today. The collection includes over 1,000 artworks by modern Greek painters, presented in a minimalist setting with wonderful lighting. Exhibitions include Post-Byzantine Art, the Painting of the Independent Greek State, the Bourgeois Class and its Painters and Around 1900 to Modernism and Tradition, Greek Interwar Printmaking and Modern Greek Art.

The gallery also features an auditorium, educational spaces, a museum shop, a café, and a courtyard. The museum hosts temporary exhibitions, educational activities and other events throughout the year. The museum is fully accessible to people with physical disabilities.

Address: 50 Vasileos Konstantinou Street, Ilisia, Phone: +30 210 7235937, Website


Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth

Located within the archaeological site of Corinth, the museum, which was founded in 1932, displays artefacts from Corinth and the surrounding area and following its expansion in 1950 and subsequent renovations, is divided into two main sections. One part presents the findings from the twin cemeteries of Kouroi and Tenea, and the other highlights the cultural, commercial and military history of Corinth through contemporary audiovisual displays.

The collections span from the Geometric Period until the destruction of Corinth by the Romans in 146 BC, with exhibition spaces dedicated to Prehistoric Corinth, Corinth, the Powerful City State, the Asklepieion Healing Sanctuary and the Famous Kouroi of Kleneia, as well as audiovisual presentations. The museum is accessible to people with physical disabilities.

Address: Ancient Corinth ArchaeologicaL site, Phone: +30 274 1031207, Website


Delphi Archaeological Museum

Starting in the late 19th century, excavations at Delphi uncovered significant historical treasures, leading to the establishment of the Delphi Museum, one of the most important in Greece. Showcasing items from the period spanning from the second millennium BC, prior to the establishment of the Sanctuary, through to Late Antiquity, marked by the formation of a small Christian community in Delphi.

Across 14 rooms, visitors can learn about ancient Greek religion, art and mysticism in a modern, immersive and sophisticated way. Most notable among its many impressive exhibits are the imposing (2.22 metres) marble Sphinx of Naxos and the renowned statue of the life-size (1.8 metre) Charioteer, also known as Heniokhos. The museum has a ramp and a wheelchair-friendly WC.

Address: Archaeological site of Delphi, Fokida, Phone: +30 22650 82313


Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina)

Often described as deeply atmospheric, transportive and unique in its near-mystical ambience, the museum’s design remarkably enhances the experience of the displayed artefacts, offering a journey through ancient Macedonia’s thunderous past. Among its notable exhibits are King Phillip II’s shield and armour, and the exquisite Golden Larnax, with its finely crafted golden wreath of oak leaves and acorns, accompanied by diminutive, yet intricately carved ivory figures. Also on show are a diverse array of items from everyday life to royal regalia, giving insight into the domestic and ceremonial aspects of ancient Macedonian culture.

The carefully arranged exhibits pay homage to the era’s artistic and cultural achievements, while also serving as a tribute to Professor Manolis Andronikos, whose archaeological work brought these treasures to light and contributed significantly to their preservation and understanding.

Address: Aigai Archaeological Site, Vergina, Imathia, Phone: +30 233 1092580, Website


Archaeological Museum of Olympia

The museum is renowned for its impressive collection, housed in a modern glass and marble building near the historic site. Notable displays include sculptures from the Temple of Zeus and the famous Hermes of Praxiteles Carrying the Infant Dionysus, discovered in the Temple of Hera.

The museum’s central gallery features the pedimental sculptures and metopes from the Temple of Zeus, illustrating Hercules’s Twelve Labors. Also exhibited is the celebrated Nike of Paionios, alongside significant terra-cotta figures, the head of Hera’s cult statue, works related to Herodes Atticus’s family, and various bronzes like votive figures, cauldrons, and armour. Among the many historically significant items is a helmet offered by Miltiades, victor at Marathon, and a cup from the workshop of the sculptor Pheidias, found on the Olympia site. The museum has a ramp at its entrance and can provide a wheelchair upon appointment.

Address: Ancient Olympia, Phone: +30 262 4022742, Website


Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

Enriched by the northern capital’s rich ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine heritage, the museum offers an array of exhibits. Following a complete renovation in 2003, the museum now presents six permanent thematic units. It contains a vast collection ranging from Neolithic artefacts to Archaic, Classical and Roman sculptures, as well as objects from the Archaic temple at Thermi.

Among its most famous pieces is the Derveni Crater, which has attracted worldwide interest, and the small Arch of Galerius, depicting the emperor. The museum is housed in a modest single-storey building. The displays trace the history of Thessaloniki and present early urban settlements in the region, making it an accessible and enlightening destination for all visitors. The museum, which is accessible to people with disabilities and has a cafe and shop, also hosts numerous temporary exhibitions in collaboration with the world’s leading museums. The museum is accessible to people with disabilities and for blind or partially sighted visitors, a “Touch tour” can be arranged.

Address: 6 Manoli Andronikou, Phone: +30 231 3310201, Website


Paul Vrellis Greek History Museum, Epirus

Located near Ioannina, the museum is a renowned wax museum established by sculptor Paul Vrellis in 1983. Housing 150 lifelike wax models across 37 displays, it focuses mainly on Greek history, especially the 1821 War of Independence, offering visitors the chance to time travel through history in a memorable way.

The wax figures, made predominantly from natural materials and dressed in authentic costumes from the represented time periods, as well as being in settings that include antique furnishings, bring pivotal moments in Greek history to life in a unique way. Key ‘moments’ in history include the Krifo Scholio (the Clandestine School), Filiki Eteria (the Friendly Brotherhood, a Greek revolutionary secret society created ahead of the Greek War of Independence), the Slaughter of Ali-Pasha, the Battle of Crete, and various scenes from WWII. offering visitors an immersive journey through Greece’s past. The museum is accessible to disabled persons or persons with special needs. However, due to the unique complexity of the interior space, it is required that such visitors be escorted.

Address: 12th Km. Nat. road Ioannina – Arta, Ioannina, Phone: +30 265 1092128, Website


Archaeological Museum of Messinia

Located in the historical centre of Kalamata,the museum occupies the site of the former bustling Municipal Market, rebuilt after the catastrophic 1986 earthquake. The space, provided by the Municipality of Kalamata to the Ministry of Culture, houses an exhibition designed to illustrate the cultural evolution of Messinia from prehistoric times to the Byzantine period.

The museum is organised into four geographical sections – Kalamata, Messina, Pylia, and Trifyllia – each displaying significant archaeological finds from the region, whether unearthed through systematic excavations, surface research, or accidental discoveries by locals. A central pathway, symbolising the Pamisos river, links these sections, while ten thematic areas use visual aids to elucidate the historical context of the artifacts and their regions. The museum is accessible to people with physical disabilities.

Address: 3 Benaki & Agios Ioannis, Kalamata, Phone: +30 272 1083485, Website


Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete

This museum houses an extensive collection of Minoan artifacts, mainly from the Palace of Knossos and other Minoan sites. These pieces, some dating back 3,000 years, were unearthed by Sir Arthur Evans. Notable among them are the mysterious Phaistos Disk and Linear B script-inscribed seal stones. The museum’s frescoes from Knossos, including the famous “Des Parisiennes,” depict Minoan life and mythological scenes.

Minoan artistry is showcased in metalwork, stone carving, and pottery, such as the delicate Kamares ware. The zenith of their craftsmanship is evident in the later palace period (1700–1450 BC), with masterpieces like the serpentine bull’s head rhyton and ivory acrobat figures. Bull-leaping, a central theme, reflects either a religious ritual or a sport. Also remarkable are vases from Ayia Triada and a rock crystal rhyton from Zakro, illustrating various aspects of Minoan culture. The museum is best visited early morning or late afternoon to avoid crowds. The museum is accessible to people with physical disabilities.

Address: 2 Sapoutie, Heraklion, Phone: +30 281 0279000, Website


Prehistoric Thera Museum

Centrally located in Fira, Santorini, the museum is a key Greek cultural institution that opened in 2000. Primarily featuring artefacts from the Akrotiri excavations, along with finds from various sites on the island, it provides a comprehensive overview of the island’s early history. The museum was an initiative of archaeologist Spyridon Marinatos, responsible for the Akrotiri site, which was engulfed in ash following a 16th-century BC volcanic eruption. This natural preservation led to the excellent condition of many frescoes, objects, and artworks.

Spread across four sections, the museum chronicles Thera’s history from the Late Neolithic to the 17th century BC, focusing on Akrotiri’s golden age. The chronological display includes Neolithic pottery, Early and Middle Cycladic artefacts, bird jugs, metal objects, and remarkable wall paintings depicting various scenes and motifs from the Minoan period. The collection also features pre-human fossils from Thera, offering a window into the island’s ancient environment. The museum provides accessibility features for people with physical disabilities.

Address: Fira, Santorini, Phone: +30 228 6025405


Archaeological Museum of Rhodes

The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes, previously the Hospital of the Knights, dating back to 1489, encloses a historic Byzantine courtyard. This erstwhile hospital, which catered to knights and townsfolk, now exhibits relics from Rhodes’ ancient cities of Ialysos, Kameiros, and Lindos, as well as neighbouring islands. Its collection boasts a splendid array of ceramic amphoras and oenochoe, evidencing the island’s affluent trade history.

The museum sequentially presents the evolution of Attic pottery, ranging from early geometric patterns to the distinguished red-on-black figures from the 5th century BC. Amongst its treasures are two famed representations of Aphrodite, including the “Aphrodite of Rhodes” and “Aphrodite Thalassia,” and two 6th-century BC kouros statues from Kameiros.

Address: Old Town, Museum Square, Phone: +30 224 1365257


Corfu Archaeological Museum

The largest museum in Corfu, this two-storey building has a courtyard garden and balconies on the south and east sides. Most of the exhibits are on the first floor, in four rooms and a corridor. One of the most outstanding pieces is the massive pediment of the Temple of Artemis, dating from 580 BC. It is 17 metres wide and 3 metres high and depicts the myth of the Gorgon.

Key exhibits at the museum include the archaic Funerary Lion of Menekratis from the late 7th century BC, an archaic pediment depicting a Dionysian banquet scene, a bronze statuette of a running “komastos” from 570 BC, a 6th century B.C. kouros head unearthed at Paleopolis in Mon Repos, a 490 BC clay statuette of Artemis found at Kanoni, the 530 B.C. Parian marble kouros of Corfu and the 630-600 BC arniada discovered near Garitsa. The museum also houses artefacts from the Palaeolithic, Early Bronze Age, Hellenistic and Roman periods.

Address: 1 Armeni Vraila, Phone: +30 26610 30680


Casa Parlante

Visiting this museum, you’re transported into a noble family’s life in Corfu during the early to mid-19th century under British rule. This setting, different from typical museums, offers an intimate exploration of history, ensuring a memorable visit.

Casa Parlante, or the “speaking house,” uses animated figures to portray a noble household from that era. The house is filled with authentic 1800s furnishings and art, showcasing Corfu’s unique history shaped by Venetian, French, and British influences. Centrally located, it’s an ideal educational experience for all ages, delving into the island’s architecture, traditions, and lifestyle.

Address: 16 Νikiforou Theotoki, Phone: +30 266 1049190 Website




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