Athens Epigraphical Museum

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Location: Patission Ave

The Epigraphical Museum, which is housed in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, was built in 1885 and is the largest of its kind in the whole world. Its collection consists of 14,078 inscriptions dating from the early historical times to the late Roman period. The permanent exhibition includes mainly Greek inscriptions originating from the region of Attica but also some Latin and Jewish; most of them are graven on marble or stone. Visitors can easily draw information about the inscriptions they are interested in from the installed bilingual panels.

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Given the fact that only a few are aware of its existence, the Epigraphical Museum is a tranquil oasis for its visitors who will have the opportunity to relax among ancient pillars and admire inscriptions of unique historical importance.

The main intention of the museum is to research, study, registrate, protect, preserve, publish, photographically document and promote the ancient Greek inscriptions; last but not least, to also create a rich photographic archive for all the inscriptions as well as an epigraphical library.

Next to the main building, there is an exhibition hall where every so often temporary exhibitions of ancient Greek inscriptions or modern art exhibitions influenced by the ancient Greek script and inscriptions are realized. In the same building, there is a conference hall used for scientific meetings, speeches, and lessons.

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How to get there

There are many ways to reach the Epigraphical Museum, from any location in Athens.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Athens transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 693 881 8288, 0030 694 597 2090, 0030 690 943 9292 or book your taxi online.

On foot: As the Epigraphical Museum is located in a central area of Athens, it can be easily reached on foot from Omonia or Victoria metro stations, in approximately 10 minutes.

By metro: The closest metro station is “Victoria” on line 1. Note that the Epigraphical Museum is located within a 10-minute walking distance from the metro. Get a map of the metro here.

By bus/trolleybus: The closest bus stop is “Politechnio” of the bus line 224. Check the routes and the official timetables on OASA Telematics.

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