The Historical Museum of Athens: The National Historical Museum of Athens is housed in an impressive Neoclassical building at the heart of the city, within walking distance from Syntagma. Located at the beginning of Stadiou Street, this building once housed the Hellenic Parliament, but it became a museum when the Parliament was transferred to its present home in Syntagma.
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At first, on the site of the museum, was the palace of King Otto, the first king of Greece. Then, it became the residence of Alexander Contostavlos, a rich Athenian merchant. However, in 1854, a fire completely destroyed the original building.
The present Neoclassical construction was built with the designs of the architect François Florimond Boulanger. Designed from the beginning as a parliamentary building, it had two amphitheaters, one for the meetings of the and another for the meeting of the Senate.
After the Parliament was moved to its new home in 1935, this building housed the Ministry of Justice and then the National Historical Museum since 1962.
Its collection covers the modern periods of Greek history, from the 15th to the 20th century. In particular, there are flags, weaponry, furniture, folk costumes, personal items of historical Greek figures and pieces of everyday life exhibited inside.
At the yard of the Historical Museum, stand three impressive statues:
- The statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis, a prominent figure of the Greek Revolution
- The statue of Harilaos Trikoupis, a famous politician and former Prime Minister of Greece of the late 19th century and
- The statue of Theodoros Diligiannis, also former Greek prime minister and political opponent of Trikoupis, assassinated at the entrance of the Parliament in 1905.
The museum is open every day except for Mondays. From Tuesday to Friday, its opening hours are 09:00-16:00, while on weekends 10:00-16:00.
There are many ways to reach the Historical Museum 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 Historical Museum is located in a central area of Athens, it can be easily reached on foot from Syntagma Square, in approximately 7 minutes.
By metro: The closest metro station is Panepistimio (Red Line). Note that the Historical Museum is located within a 5-minute walking distance from the metro. Get a map of the metro here.
By bus/trolleybus: The closest bus stop is “EOT”. Check the routes and the official timetables on OASA Telematics.