Best museum in Athens: Exterior view of the Acropolis Museum's front side, with olive trees in the foreground.

Why You Can’t Miss Visiting the Acropolis Museum

If you’re planning to visit just one museum in Athens, it should undoubtedly be the Acropolis Museum.

Established in 2009, the Acropolis Museum is situated directly opposite the ancient citadel of the Acropolis of Athens, on the pedestrian street of Dionysiou Aeropagitou.

It houses unique masterpieces, archaeological findings, and sculptures from the Athenian Acropolis.

I strongly recommend first visiting the Acropolis of Athens and the Parthenon, then heading to the museum for an exciting historical journey through ancient Athens.

It’s a journey that spans from the Mycenaean period (1600 BC) to classical antiquity (500 BC), including the golden age of Pericles (480-404 BC), and extending to the Roman years (86 BC – 267 AD).

Acropolis Museum’s Most Important Exhibits

A close-up of a beautifully carved Kore, showing details from her archaic smile to her elaborate hair and attire.
© Acropolis Museum. Photo: Socratis Mavrommatis

On the ground floor, you can view archaeological findings from the slopes of the Acropolis hill, including artifacts from small and large sanctuaries and objects from private residences.

On the first floor, the Acropolis of the archaic era (700 – 480 BC) comes to life with its impressive temples and numerous sculptures.

As you ascend the sloping floor along a circular path, it feels as though you are climbing the hill of the Acropolis itself, with the Parthenon soon revealed.

The east pediment of the Parthenon at the Acropolis Museum with the illuminated Acropolis in the background.
© Acropolis Museum. Photo: Nikos Daniilidis

Upon entering the second floor, you find yourself in the imposing Parthenon Hall, home to the Parthenon frieze, the columns, and the Caryatids.

Here, you can admire the original marble sculptures alongside plaster copies of those housed in the British Museum or other museums abroad, awaiting their return to Greece.

The glass room on this floor provides a perfect view of the Holy Rock of the Acropolis and the Parthenon — it’s a breathtaking moment.

Tickets and Tours

Visitors in a guided tour, exploring the ancient friezes at the Acropolis Museum.
© Acropolis Museum. Photo: Giorgos Vitsaropoulos

Tickets for the Acropolis Museum can be purchased directly from its official website.

You can choose the date and time of entry, and stay as long as you wish.

Opening Hours:

  • Winter Season (1 November – 31 March): Monday – Thursday 9 am – 5 pm / Last entry: 4:30 pm; Friday 9 am – 10 pm / Last entry: 9:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday 9 am – 8 pm / Last entry: 7:30 pm

  • Summer Season (1 April – 31 October): Monday 9 am – 5 pm / Last entry: 4:30 pm; Tuesday – Sunday 9 am – 8 pm / Last entry: 7:30 pm; Friday 9 am – 10 pm / Last entry: 9:30 pm
Winter in Athens: view of the Acropolis Museum's archaeological excavation site with visible ruins everywhere.
© Acropolis Museum. Photo Giorgos Vitsaropoulos

There are also free admission days: 6 March (Melina Mercouri Day), 25 March (National holiday), 18 May (International Day of Museums), and 28 October (National holiday).

However, I strongly recommend getting a guided tour for a more enlightening experience, as the licensed guide will help you understand the thousands of years of Greek history and why what surrounds you is globally unique.

I recommend this Acropolis tour, which includes visits to both the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum.

How to Get to the Acropolis Museum

The Kritios Boy, a classical Greek marble statue on display at the Acropolis Museum.
© Acropolis Museum. Photo: Socratis Mavrommatis

The Acropolis Museum is located in the heart of Athens.

The easiest way to get there is by the Akropoli metro station on the red metro line.

Alternatively, the Makrigianni bus stop is nearby, serviced by more than 25 bus routes.

However, using the metro or Uber in Athens is recommended, as buses can be unreliable.

Bonus: Acropolis Museum Cafe & Restaurant

The spacious café terrace of the Acropolis Museum, offering a relaxing setting with views of the Acropolis.
© Acropolis Museum. Photo: Nikos Daniilidis

Before you leave, I suggest visiting the Cafe & Restaurant on the second floor of the Acropolis Museum.

It offers a unique view of the Acropolis and serves decent food and coffee at reasonable prices.

Take an hour, grab a cup of coffee, and soak in the history of the 2,500-year-old citadel before you.

Your Personal Athens Itinerary

View of Lycabettus Hill, with trees in the foreground, as seen from Stadiou street, next to Syntagma.

I hope you enjoyed this guide to the Acropolis Museum.

For those with a love for museums, be sure to check out my guide on the “5 Must-See Museums in Athens“.

And if you want a detailed plan for your Athens trip, don’t miss out on my step-by-step itineraries.

They include the best places in town and are carefully designed depending on the number of days at your disposal: Athens in 1 day, Athens in 2 days, Athens in 3 days, Athens in 4 days, or hidden gems in Athens if you plan to stay even longer.

Make Your Trip Easier

Accommodation
I always book my accommodation with a reliable service like Booking.com. Besides their price guarantee, you can rest assured that you will have 24/7 support in the event of any problems with your hotel. Always make sure you read reviews from other guests before booking.

Airport Transfer
If you want to get to and from Athens Airport with peace of mind, I recommend pre-booking your taxi with Welcome Pickups. Their flat rate is a few euros more expensive than random taxis, but they are totally worth it. They use local English-speaking drivers, wait for you at the arranged meeting point, even if your arrival is delayed, and introduce you to the city along the way.

Flight
Don’t forget to use Skyscanner before booking your flights as it compares different airlines to provide the cheapest and fastest solutions. Moreover, you can save a lot of money if you are flexible with your dates.

Travel Insurance
Nobody wants to think about all the things that could go wrong on a trip. However, these things can happen, so do not miss taking out travel insurance: SafetyWing is the one I use, as its plans are affordable and can save you a lot of trouble.

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