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Location: Panepistimiou Ave

The Museum of the City of Athens opened in 1980 and is housed in two of the most significant historical buildings of Athens. The building on Paparigopoulou str. 7, also known as “the old palace”, was constructed in 1833 and constituted the first house of King Otto and his wife Amalia, the first royal couple of the newly founded Hellenic State.

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The museum hosts around 40,000 items dating from the antiquity 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 of 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 programmes and guided tours for kids and adults and beyond its unique permanent exhibition, it also hosts several temporary exhibitions and cultural events.

The museum is open from Monday to Friday 09:00 - 16:00 and on the weekends from 10:00 - 15:00.


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How to get there

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 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 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” on line 2. 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 “Pl. Klavthmonos”. Check the routes and the official timetables on OASA Telematics.

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