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Tickets: Purchase at museum.
Founded in 1882, Athens’ National Historical Museum is the oldest museum of its kind in Greece. The museum’s permanent collection tells the story of Greek culture from ancient to modern times, with rooms and corridors narrating aspects of Greek society over different centuries and periods – most notably the fall of the Byzantine Empire, the start of the Ottoman Empire and Latin rule, and the country’s liberation struggles during the Greek War of Independence. Items on display include weapons, personal belongings, and memorabilia from historical personalities such as Lord Byron, historical paintings by Greek and foreign artists, authentic manuscripts, and a large collection of traditional Greek costumes and jewelry from various regions of Greece.
The museum was formerly housed in the main building of the Athens Polytechnic University, but moved in 1960 to its permanent home inside the Old Parliament Building on Stadiou Street in central Athens. The building housed the Greek Parliament from 1875 to 1932, until it moved to its current location at Syntagma Square. The grand Central Hall of the National Assembly is still used for conferences today; visitors can see it when entering the museum, located just behind the ticket desk.
The National Historical Museum is located in central Athens, one block northwest of Syntagma Square and about 1km from Monastiraki Square. The nearest metro stations are Syntagma or Panepistimio, both about a 300-meter walk on city streets.
National Historical Museum Hours and Information
- Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm September to June. Tuesday to Sunday 10am-4pm July & August. Closed Mondays.
- Website: nhmuseum.gr
- Location: 13 Stadiou St.
- Telephone: +30 210 323 7617
- Admission Fee: 3€/person full admission, reduced admission 1.5€/person.
- Free Entry: Every Sunday, March 25, May 18th, October 28th.
- Parking: Street parking, nearby pay lots.
- Nearest Metro: Syntagma, Panepistimio
Athens National Historical Museum