Athens Greek Folk Art museum

Location: Plaka

The Greek Folk Art Museum in Athens, Attica: The Folk Art Museum of Greece is placed in Plaka, Athens. It contains a vast collection of items that date from 1650 until today. The ground floor of the museum contains embroidery items, such as textiles used in different Greek areas to decorate the matrimonial bed. The mezzanine has a pottery collection as well as metal and wooden utensils from all over Greece.

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The first floor hosts temporary exhibitions and the works of Theofilos Hatzimihail (1868-1934), a famous Greek painter. The second floor displays ecclesiastical items (crosses, gospels, chalices, etc), folk objects (pieces of weapon, trays, belts, etc) and pieces of women jewelry. The upper floor contains traditional male and female customs from all Greek areas. There are wedding items and daily items of clothing, some plain and others nicely decorated with colorful small stones.

The Folk Art Museum of Greece also hosts a library with 5,000 books and magazines on folk art and ethnology. The museum is frequently visited, especially by school children, and organizes lectures, seminars, pottery classes, festivals, and shadow theatre performances. This particular museum was founded in 1918 and until 1973 it was housed in Tsisdarakis mosque in Monastiraki. Today it belongs to the Greek Ministry of Culture.

Address: Kydathineon 17, Plaka
Phone: (+30) 210 32 13 018

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How to get there

There are many ways to reach the Museum of Greek Folk Art, 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 Museum of Greek Folk Art is located in a central area of Athens, it can be easily reached on foot from Syntagma metro station, in approximately 10 minutes.

By metro: The closest metro station is “Acropolis” on line 2. Note that the Museum of Greek Folk Art is located within a 5-minute walking distance from the metro. Get a map of the metro here.

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