Must-See Museums in Athens

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Visits to ancient sites like the Parthenon and the Acropolis are highlights of any trip to Athens. But a great way to learn even more about Greek history and culture is by exploring some of the city’s excellent museums. Here are four not to miss.

New Acropolis Museum
Opened in 2009 on the southeastern slope of the Acropolis hill, this museum was designed to house every object found around the Acropolis, dating as far back as the Bronze Age. It also sits over Roman and early Byzantine ruins, the excavations of which are visible to visitors. Skip the line by booking a private tour of the museum.

National Archaeological Museum
This may be the best museum in Athens for an introduction to ancient Greek history and art. Five permanent collections feature items from Greece’s most important historical sites, and together they help tell the story of the Greek influence on Western civilization. Opt for a private tour of this museum alone or together with a tour of the Byzantine and Christian Museum.

Benaki Museum
Housed in a mansion in downtown Athens, this museum holds collections of Greek art from prehistoric to modern times, as well as a large collection of Asian art. It is the only museum in the city that features all eras of Greek history and celebrates foreign influences on Greek culture. Visit independently and at your own pace as a stop on an Athens hop-on, hop-off bus tour.

Byzantine and Christian Museum
Renovated just before the 2004 Athens Olympics, this museum presents rare exhibits of Byzantine art from the third century through medieval times. Combine a private tour of this museum with a tour of the National Archaeological Museum.
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City Sightseeing Athens, Piraeus & Beach Riviera Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Experience the best of Athens in one day and your own way, with this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off Athens bus tour. Travel around by open-top double-decker bus and create your own sightseeing itinerary. Learn about Athens’ history from the onboard audio guide and choose from three routes with 37 stops total. Perhaps visit the spectacular Acropolis, the cobbled streets of the Plaka, the New Acropolis Museum, or other top sights—you set the pace and choose where to explore on foot.
  • Duration: 24 to 72 hrs
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Viator Exclusive: Acropolis of Athens, New Acropolis Museum and Greek Dinner

Explore the greatest of ancient Greek architectural feats on a 4-hour private walking tour of the Acropolis of Athens and the New Acropolis Museum, followed by dinner. Stroll around the UNESCO-listed Acropolis with an archaeologist to learn about its monuments, including the Parthenon. Then, visit the ultra-modern New Acropolis Museum for a guided tour of its spectacular statues and treasures. Finish with a delicious Greek dinner at a restaurant with stellar views over the Parthenon.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Acropolis of Athens and New Acropolis Museum Tour

Journey back to Ancient Greece on this 3-hour tour of the UNESCO-listed Acropolis of Athens, including a visit to the New Acropolis Museum. Visit the Theatre of Dionysus and Dionysus Sanctuary, stroll past the Propylaea gateway and the Temple of Athena Nike, then stand in awe before the grand ruins of the Parthenon, looking down over Athens below. After exploring the sprawling citadel, follow your guide on a tour of New Acropolis Museum and learn more about the excavations as you browse more than 4,000 artifacts unearthed from the Acropolis.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Half day Athens Sightseeing and Acropolis Museum

Check off the top sights on your Athens must-see list during this 5-hour excursion with private guide. Explore the iconic Acropolis and its ancient temples, and relive the highlights of the first modern Olympic Games at Panathinaikos Stadium. You’ll also check out Syntagma Square, pass by the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Dionysos Theater, the National Gardens of Greece and much more. A flexible itinerary means you call the shots on what to do and where to go. Your private guide, entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport are included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Skip the Line: Guided Tour of Athens New Acropolis Museum

Step back to ancient times in a spectacular contemporary setting on this guided 75-minute tour of Athens’ New Acropolis Museum. Skip any lines with a priority-entrance ticket and explore the stunning museum to see and learn about some of its 4,000 archaic, classical and Roman artifacts, all discovered around the Acropolis hill and many formerly exhibited in the original Athens Acropolis Museum. Admire statues and friezes from the Parthenon; see treasures from other temples; and inspect fascinating everyday items such as Roman amphorae as your expert guide details their history.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Walking Tour: National Archaeological Museum

Explore the National Archaeological Museum, one of the world’s greatest museums, along with other historical highlights of Athens on this 3-hour private walking tour. Witness the best of the 200,000 and more Greek treasures at the famous Athens archaeological museum, viewing everything from sculptures and artworks to pottery from prehistoric times to late antiquity as your guide details their history. Plus, stroll past some of Athens’ neoclassical buildings, see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Greek Parliament House, and view some fascinating archaeological finds displayed at Syntagma Square.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Tour to National Archaeological Museum, Byzantine and Christian Museum

Delve into Athens’ rich history and art heritage and tick off two of the city’s most fascinating museums on this 4-hour tour. First, follow your art-expert guide around the Byzantine and Christian Museum and marvel at religious art from as early as 600 BC. Admire the stunning collections of Coptic Christian paintings, mosaic icons and medieval books, then stop for refreshments at the museum café (own expense). Next, browse the prized exhibits on display at the National Archaeological Museum, including Ancient Greek art and relics from the Stone Ages.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Walking Tour: Benaki Museum

Explore Benaki Museum, home to art collector Antonis Benakis’ private collection, and the Temple of Zeus on this private, 3-hour walking tour. With your very own guide, you’ll see the museum’s highlights, including finds from the Bronze Age and Greek regional costumes. Then, continue to the Temple of Zeus, Greece’s largest temple, by way of the Presidential Residence, Maximos Mansion and the Panathenaic Stadium.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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