Athens Keramikos Archaeological Museum

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Location: Kerameikos
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The Archaeological Museum of Keramikos in Athens is located right next to the ancient site of Keramikos, towards the end of Ermou Street.
It houses findings such as funeral columns, vases and statues that were originally discovered during the excavations that were conducted in 1836 by the German Archaeological Institute in the ancient cemetery, which covers an area of almost 40,000 square meters.

The museum is a building of neoclassical architectural style, designed by the architect H. Johannes and built in 1937, while its resurgence was financially supported by Gustav Oberlaender and the Boehringer brothers.
Until the completion of the building process, the majority of the findings were hosted in smaller warehouses.
The museum consists of four halls, each one having a distinctive theme, and an atrium with a wonderful interior garden, cloaked with olive and bay trees that are characteristic plants of Attica’s flora.

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More information about the Archaeological Museum of Keramikos

The Archaeological Museum of Keramikos reportedly has the most rich and complete collection of funerary findings in Greece, as well as others of relevant nature. Visitors have the opportunity to admire rare findings of numerous historic periods and artistic currents and learn more about the fascinating traditions and customs that accompanied the rituals of death and burial.
More specifically:
The eastern hall displays mounds and steles of the archaic and classical period
The south hall exhibits pottery and offerings dating back to the prehistoric period
The western hall includes pottery and ceramic items of the early and later geometric period, which are considered the most characteristic samples of Attica’s pottery artistry
The northern hall includes a major pottery collection from the classical period, renowned for the black and red figure variations and their detailed depictions of scenes from mythology and everyday life.

It is worth mentioning that the museum hosts findings from the area of the outer Keramikos, while those that were excavated from inner Keramikos are displayed in the museum of the Ancient Agora, inside the Stoa of Attalos in the neighborood of Thissio.

From April 1st to October 31st, the museum is open from 08:00 to 20:00 every day, except for Tuesday, when it is open from 10:00 to 20:00.
From November 1st to March 31st, the museum is open from 08:00 to 17:00 every day, except for Tuesday, when it is open from 10:00 to 17:00.

How to get there

There are many ways to reach the Archaeological Museum of Keramikos from any location in Athens.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked 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) 18288, (0030) 18222, (0030) 18180. You can also book your taxi online.

On foot: As the Archaeological Museum of Keramikos is located in a central area of Athens, it can be easily reached on foot from Syntagma Square, in approximately 20 minutes.

By metro: The closest metro station is Kerameikos (Blue Line). Note that the Archaeological Museum of Keramikos is located within a 7-minute walking distance from the metro. Get a map of the metro here.

By bus/trolleybus: The closest bus stop is “Palaia Agora”. Check the routes and the official timetables on OASA Telematics.



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