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Neighborhood: Pangrati
The elongated Panathenaic Stadium, built for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, acts as grand gateway to the otherwise purely Athenian neighborhood of Pangrati. This area of typical small squares, busy main roads and residential streets will give you a clear sense of what living in this metropolis is like. A walk up quiet Markou Mousourou Street on the west side of the stadium will bring you past the First National Cemetery to Mets, home to many expats. Turn right to reach the charming Platia Varnava. East of the stadium, commercial Eratosthenous Street leads to rather nondescript Platia Plastira, from where Effranoros Street continues uphill to Platia Profiti Ilia, crowned by a huge church. Among the standard four- to six-story apartment blocks that typify Athens, Pangrati also boasts some genuinely authentic tavernas and the odd trendy bar.
How to get there
  • Evangelismos • 4 min walk
  • Syntagma • 10 min walk
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  • Jessica A
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome museum
    This museum was truly amazing to visit, I'm so glad I did! All the staff I interacted with was very nice and the collection is very well taken care of. I hope I can come back again some day. Thank you for your efforts!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Sammie-Jo69
    North West England, United Kingdom525 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful museum - and a bargain
    €8 standard admission or €4 if you're U25 - what a bargain! Some parts of the museum were actually closed due to maintenance and understaffing on the day but the great bulk of the exhibitions are all available where a plethora of replicas and discoveries tell the story of the transition from Roman to Byzantine empires. Immaculately kept and staff very helpful. Picturesque gardens, too.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Connie Kay
    Spokane, Washington17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Sacred Art Treasure Trove
    This little museum was a highlight of our time in Athens. An impressive collection of Byzantine sacred art work, well displayed. It looks small from the outside, but there are extensive rooms below ground level. Each one leading us closer to modern day. The explanations are informative, interesting, and easy to follow. So very glad we chose to stop.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Liz M
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Deserves to be better known - beautiful art and fascinating history
    Cool, beautiful, and interesting museum. Lots of space to look at the exhibits with clear explanations on each. Learned a lot. Interesting temporary exhibition about the architect and his work, as well as a fascinating modern art exhibition in the garden. Recommend the yoghurt ice cream in the cafe, although prices were a but high here. The only reason giving 4 not 5 stars is that half the permanent exhibition was closed when we visited but the ticket clerk did warn us of that in advance.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 25, 2023
  • JohnRegoPark
    Rego Park, New York1,244 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting museum that brings the Middle Ages to life
    This museum has a very modern presentation for some very old objects. It's unusual in that the whole museum is below grade level so you have to descend two flights of stairs (or take an elevator) to get to the main floor. The ticket office to the museum is straight ahead. However that is not where you enter the museum itself. You will be directed as to which way to go. The museum contains many Byzantine icons, but also has a fair assemblage of other material: jewelry, coins, sculpture, ceramics, etc. There seems to be something for everyone to enjoy. We ate lunch at the adjacent cafe, which was good enough, although the service was spotty.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 5, 2024
  • Stelios R
    139 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A most important,impressive museum
    Being in Greece and not visiting this museum would be a serious omission. Highlights are: Architectural elements and fragments of early christian churches; sacral utensils and vestments; Byzantine artifacts and jewelry; impressive icons (esp.the double-sided ones) and murals; gold and copper coins of almost all Byzantine emperors; early, hand-written books; finds from ancient shipwrecks; statues and mosaic floors. Reading the texts posted on the walls shall give you a very concise summary of Byzantine History from the foundation of Constantinople to late Medieval times (i.e.from the 4th all the way to the 15th centuries and later): a really good History lesson! Do notice that the museum is actually composed of three buildings. The main exhibits are in the building on your left hand side as you enter the premises. Smaller, periodic exhibitions might be also found in the other two buildings. Notice that the museum is rather large, you might need 2 hours to visit all chambers and get a full idea of it. Should you need a toilette, do ask at the reception: If you find that the toilettes in the main building are out of order, don't panic! There are toilettes in the basement of the second building, i.e. on your left, as you come out of the main building. The museum caf'e/restaurant and the surrounding area are so pleasant (and good), that even passers by pop in for coffee, refreshments or for meals. Easy access to the via 'Evangelismos' metro station. Or with a 15-minutes easy walk from Syntagma Square. Certainly, a museum not to be missed...
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 18, 2024
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PortiaDaisy
Whitesville, KY194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
They were open in November 2021 so I think the museum info in wrong. This museum is just fantastic and very well curated and designed. I would highly recommend after visiting the major archeology sites and just enjoy yourself in this beautiful building.
Written December 7, 2021
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permia
Ireland63,337 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
In the beautifully elegant Villa Ilissia, before getting to the religious exhibitions it was fabulous to take in a selection of exquisite Asian decorative pieces from the Passas collection. Statuettes and vases in semiprecious stone, ivory and clay are delightful.

Empress with Maidservants in Red Coral and diaphanous delicate figurines are just some to be savoured.

The elevation of Christianity and its extensive Byzantine era are engrossing. It is plain once again how new movements always absorb aspects of what is superseded.

A Theodosian Pilaster Capital in marble decorated in overlapping acanthus leaves from 5th century Thessaloniki is magnificent.

Fabulous lengthy parchment scroll from late 13th early 14th century are fabulous, the colour and detail reflecting such devotion to God.

A highlight is the serene icons, particularly those of the Virgin Mary. A number showed the Hodegetria holding the Jesus as a child and pointing to him as the wellspring of salvation for humankind. The child in turn raises his hand in blessing.

Gorgeous frescoes that were salvaged from various churches are shown as they were placed in the originals. Greatly effective.
Written January 9, 2021
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Niko S
13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
My overall and my family's experience at the museum was horrible. Upon arriving with my wife, my teenage children a my Jack Russell terrier dog (a small dog), a woman on the grounds rudely stated that dogs aren't allowed on the museum grounds and he must be carried. Moreover, before going into the museum, a staff member said that my wife's purse had to be checked into a locker, which we weren't informed at the ticket booth.
Overall the museum is NOT a real museum because 90% of what's there are just illustration or photographs with printed text in which anyone can retrieve the information on the internet about the Battle of Lepanto (most of the exhibition was about Lepanto).
Last but not least, since this is a Byzantine Museum, I assumed I would see rare icons which there were not many and the ones that were there were ONLY pictures of the original ones. If I could give it less than one star, I would certainly do as this is NOT a true Byzantine Museum and NOT pet friendly at all.
Written January 2, 2022
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memberHolland
Holland642 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The Byzantine part of this museum is open. For opening times it is best to check the website of the museum itself. It is possible to get a multi ticket for 15 euros that also gives entrance to the Archeological museum and the Numismatic museum. Children can get in for free. The museum was interesting and shows how the world changed after the Roman empire stopped.

We had lunch in the nice garden of the museum. The restaurant was popular with solo employees who work in the vicinity. In the garden, you can see some nice modern art. Service was very slow unfortunately and prices are rather high (4,80 euro for one cappuccino).
Written November 11, 2022
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Mark L
Evans, GA640 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
This is a smaller museum with Christian artifacts dealing with Byzantine, Coptic, and eastern Christian art. It is 8 e with kids half price. Good for a hot day or rainy day. We enjoyed it. A little outside the tourist area but metro nearby. Recommend for families with older kids
Written June 7, 2021
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ANA
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This museum has a very nice balance of history of early Christianity and actual icons. There are many large displays with reconstructed settings and explanations - for example, of the use of the Parthenon as a Church, or a reconstruction of a temple. The icons exhibited have enough space around them to allow for a more intimate experience, and one is not easily overwhelmed as in other places.
Written August 24, 2021
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Anna T
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Being an Orthodox by baptism, visiting a museum full of icons which are simply older than the ones in my neighbourhood churches, the experience was a little boring and only carried out at the request of my German (Episcopalian) cousin. The cafe was overpriced, overcrowded and the staff were simply overwhelmed by the number of tables they had to serve. If I can avoid both the museum and the cafe in the future, I will surely do so. Not to mention a whole wing being shut down for lack of staff! This is our heritage and people from other cultures cannot even see the whole of it!
Written September 16, 2023
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Stelios R
139 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Being in Greece and not visiting this museum would be a serious omission.
Highlights are: Architectural elements and fragments of early christian churches; sacral utensils and vestments; Byzantine artifacts and jewelry; impressive icons (esp.the double-sided ones) and murals; gold and copper coins of almost all Byzantine emperors; early, hand-written books; finds from ancient shipwrecks; statues and mosaic floors.
Reading the texts posted on the walls shall give you a very concise summary of Byzantine History from the foundation of Constantinople to late Medieval times (i.e.from the 4th all the way to the 15th centuries and later): a really good History lesson!
Do notice that the museum is actually composed of three buildings. The main exhibits are in the building on your left hand side as you enter the premises.
Smaller, periodic exhibitions might be also found in the other two buildings.
Notice that the museum is rather large, you might need 2 hours to visit all chambers and get a full idea of it.
Should you need a toilette, do ask at the reception: If you find that the toilettes in the main building are out of order, don't panic! There are toilettes in the basement of the second building, i.e. on your left, as you come out of the main building.
The museum caf'e/restaurant and the surrounding area are so pleasant (and good), that even passers by pop in for coffee, refreshments or for meals.
Easy access to the via 'Evangelismos' metro station.
Or with a 15-minutes easy walk from Syntagma Square.
Certainly, a museum not to be missed...
Written May 18, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

CAM
London, UK560 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
My daughters & I visited this museum on our last day in Athens and I’m so glad that we didn’t miss it. There museum exhibits a wide range of Early Christian, Byzantine and Medieval religious artefacts from manuscripts to paintings. The gardens were nice to wander around after we left the museum. The only unusual aspect of our visit was that we were followed around by staff in almost every single room we entered. We have visited museums & art galleries all over the world and have never experienced this before. Very unnecessary.
Written January 7, 2023
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Sammie-Jo69
North West England, UK525 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
€8 standard admission or €4 if you're U25 - what a bargain! Some parts of the museum were actually closed due to maintenance and understaffing on the day but the great bulk of the exhibitions are all available where a plethora of replicas and discoveries tell the story of the transition from Roman to Byzantine empires. Immaculately kept and staff very helpful. Picturesque gardens, too.
Written August 17, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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