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History Museum
“the new Acropolis Museum has a total area of 25,000 square meters, with exhibition space of over 14,000 square meters, ten times more than that of the old museum on the Hill of the Acropolis. The new Museum offers all the amenities expected in an international museum of the 21st century. After crossing the ground floor lobby towards the turn styles of the Museum, the first collection lies before the visitor. An ascending, wide glass-floored gallery houses finds from the slopes of the Acropolis. The occasionally transparent floor provides a view of the archaeological excavation, while its upward slope alludes to the ascent to the Acropolis. The Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis houses finds from the sanctuaries that were founded on the slopes of the Acropolis, as well as objects that Athenians used in everyday life from all historic periods. On the left hand side, finds from some of the key sanctuaries of the slopes are exhibited. On the right hand side, finds from the smaller sanctuaries and settlements that developed on the slopes of the Hill are displayed. In antiquity, the slopes of the Sacred Rock constituted the transition zone between the city and its most famous sanctuary. This was the area where official and popular cults, as well as large and small sanctuaries existed alongside private houses. An ancient Athenian neighbourhood is incorporated in a unique way in the Acropolis Museum architecture as yet another exhibit which converses with the masterpieces of the ancient Greek civilization presented in its galleries. Nesting on the gentle south slope of the rock, it houses life and human activities from the 4th millennium BC until the 12th cent. AD. Streets, residences, baths, workshops and tombs compose the complex image of archaeological remains. Amongst them those of late antiquity are the best preserved. Summer season hours (1 April - 31 October) Monday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (last admission: 3:30 p.m.) Tuesday - Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (last admission: 7:30 p.m.) Friday 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (last admission: 9:30 p.m.) Winter season hours (1 November - 31 March) Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (last admission: 4:30 p.m.) Friday 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (last admission: 9:30 p.m.) Saturday - Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (last admission: 7:30 p.m.)”
433 locals recommend
History Museum
“The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is the largest museum in Greece and is housed in a neoclassical 19th-century building. It’s one of the most interesting museums to visit, packed with more than 11,000 exhibits showcasing Greek civilisation from the beginnings of pre-history to late antiquity. ”
270 locals recommend
Track Stadium
“The stadium of the first modern Olympics. It's the finish line of the Athen's Classic Marathon. ”
225 locals recommend
Museum
“The Benaki Museum, established and endowed in 1930 by Antonis Benakis in memory of his father Emmanuel Benakis, is housed in the Benakis family mansion in downtown Athens, Greece. The museum houses Greek works of art from the prehistorical to the modern times, an extensive collection of Asian art, hosts periodic exhibitions and maintains a state-of-the-art restoration and conservation workshop. Although the museum initially housed a collection that included Islamic art, Chinese porcelain and exhibits on toys, its 2000 re-opening led to the creation of satellite museums that focused on specific collections, allowing the main museum to focus on Greek culture over the span of the country's history.”
143 locals recommend
Historic Site
“A Roman 161 A.D. build open air theater, by the athenian magnate Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife, Aspasia Annia Regilla, that hosts plays and concerts from June till September each year.”
99 locals recommend
Bar
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“Don’t be put off by the alley, venture down the stairs and emerge in the totally cool outdoor bar space (great for daytime coffee too). ”
125 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Here it is always Christmas! New chic vintage-style all-day bar restaurant. Famous for its food too! ”
70 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The National Museum of Contemporary Art, or 'EMST,' is a work of art itself, housed in an old beer brewery and remodeled as a prime example of post-war Greek modernism. Meander through temporary and permanent exhibitions and take in the setting to feel the pulse of contemporary Greek culture. The museum often hosts international artists and exhibitions as well.”
61 locals recommend
History Museum
“The museum was founded in 1986 in order to house the collection of Cycladic and Ancient Greek art belonging to Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris. Starting in the early 1960s, the couple collected Greek antiquities, with special interest in the prehistoric art from the Cyclades islands of the Aegean Sea. The Museum's main building, erected in the centre of Athens in 1985, was designed by the Greek architect Ioannis Vikelas. In 1991, the Museum acquired a new wing, the neo-classical Stathatos Mansion at the corner of Vassilissis Sofias Avenue and Herodotou Street.”
60 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Athens Concert Hall with various performances all year round, be it classical music concerts, operas, ballet or dance performances.”
56 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Technopolis City of Athens, at Gazi. In the complex there is the unique museum in Athens about industrial heritage “Industrial Gas Museum” and also there is a coffee shop and many events take place there.





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65 locals recommend
Hotel Bar
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“Another of the quintessentially Athenian all day bars that faces Monastiraki with expansive views of Plaka and the Acropolis. Its rooftop terrace sits above their accommodation facilities. Friday and Saturday nights are no doubt the busiest nights, attracting a younger mixed crowd of locals and tourists. Cocktails come from award winning bar tender Theodore Pyrillos. Ideal day time stop for refreshments and to capture some great city shots.”
85 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“All day bar, set over several levels with various rooms. Cosy atmosphere offering the best cocktails in town.”
76 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Byzantine and Christian Museum, which is based in Athens, is one of Greece’s national museums. Its areas of competency are centered on – but not limited to – religious artifacts of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods which it exhibits, but also acquires, receives, preserves, conserves, records, documents, researches, studies, publishes and raises awareness of.”
50 locals recommend
Museum
“Benaki Museum's newest building, devoted to contemporary art, with many notable seasonal exhibitions.”
45 locals recommend
Event Space
“The Zappeion Mansion, or simply Zappeion, is one of the most important buildings in Athens. It is located south of the National Garden and the old Palace and West of the Panathenaic Stadium. Today it operates as a conference and exhibition center.In the garden works a great all day coffee - restaurant, the famous AIGLEE.”
21 locals recommend