The Museum of the City of Athens: This museum opened in 1980 and is housed in two of the most significant historical buildings of Athens. The building on Paparigopoulou Street, also known as “the Old Palace”, was constructed in 1833 and constituted the first house of King Otto and Queen Amalia, the first royal couple of the newly founded Hellenic State.
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The museum hosts around 40,000 items dating from antiquity up to the 21st century; intriguing collections of books, stamps, musical instruments and texts, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, relics of the Byzantine period, coins and photographs are to name but a few.
On the first floor of the old palace, visitors can admire items owned by the royal couple and the rooms which are decorated with furniture from the 19th century. One of the most impressive exhibits is also the plaster mockup of how Athens looked in 1842, which nowadays is available virtually on the official website.
The museum also organizes educational programs and guided tours for kids and adults and beyond its unique permanent exhibition, it also hosts several temporary exhibitions and cultural events.
The approximately 40,000 objects that the museum boasts are divided into sub-categories, forming several collections for visitors to admire.
More specifically, the collections housed in the museum are: • Ancient Items
• Musical Texts
• Musical Instruments
• Byzantine, meta-Byzantine and Ecclesiastical Items
• Documents and Manuscripts
• Porcelain, Glass and Pottery
• Small objects, Memorabilia and Relics
• Recording Media
• Paintings and Engravings
• Furniture and Woodcraft
• Fabrics, Apparel, Embroidery and Tapestry
• Photographs and Photographic Records
The Library of the Museum also has a collection of rare books that have been uploaded on its official website.
The museum is open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 16:00 and from 10:00 to 15:00 on the weekends.
There are many ways to reach the Museum of the City of Athens, 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 Museum of the City of Athens is located in a central area of Athens, it can be easily reached on foot from Syntagma metro station in approximately 7 minutes.
By metro: The closest metro station is Panepistimio (Red Line). Note that the Museum of the City of Athens 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 “Platia Klavthmonos”. Check the routes and the official timetables on OASA Telematics.