Athens Historical Museum

Location: Syntagma

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 a walking distance from Syntagma and Omonoia. 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, there was the palace of King Otto, the first king of Greece, and then the residence of Al, Kontostavlos, a rich Athenian merchant. However, in 1854, a big fire completely destroyed the original building and then this present Neoclassical construction was built with the designs of the architect Francois Boulanger. Designed from the beginning as a parliamentary building, it had two amphitheaters, one for the parliamentary meetings 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 the Greek history, from the 15th till the 20th century. In particular, there are flags, weaponry, furniture, folk costumes, personal items of historical Greek figures and pieces of everyday life.

At the yard of the Historical Museum, there stand three statues: the state of Theodoros Kolokotronis, a prominent figure of the Greek Revolution, on horseback; the statue of Harilaos Trikoupis, a famous Greek politician of the late 19th century; and Theodoros Diligiannis, Greek prime minister and political opponent of Trikoupis, assassinated at the entrance of the Parliament in 1905.

Address: Stadiou st, 13
Phone: (+30) 210 32 37 315

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How to get there

There are many ways to reach the Historical 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 Historical Museum is located in a central area of Athens, it can be easily reached on foot from Syntagma, in approximately 7 minutes or from Panepistimiou Avenue in less than 5 minutes.

By metro: The closest metro station is “Panepistimio” on line 2. 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.

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