Museum Herakleidon

Museum Herakleidon, Athens: Hours, Address, Museum Herakleidon Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum Herakleidon
4.5
Speciality Museums • Science Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
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About
The Museum Herakleidon was founded in 2004 by Mr and Mrs Firos and extends to two buildings in the historic district of Thissio, next to the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora and the Temple of Hephaestus. The first building is located at 16 Herakleidon str. and the second one 150 meters further, at 37 Ap. Pavlou str., one of the busiest pedestrian streets of Athens. During the first decade of its operation, the museum focused on artistic activities and organized exhibitions with artworks of great artists such as M.C. Escher, Victor Vasarely, Carol Wax, Constantine Xenakis, Adolf Luther, Francesco Scavullo, Toulouse-Lautrec, Edgar Degas, Edvard Munch, Sol LeWitt and others. At the same time, a plethora of cultural activities allowed visitors to explore the essence of each artist's perspective. Today the Museum Herakleidon has evolved to an interactive center of science popularization and to a technological museum that focuses on antiquity, with emphasis on the achievements of the ancient
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Neighborhood: Thissio / Makriyanni
Named after the well-preserved Thission (ancient temple of Hephaestus), Thissio is blessed with a small wooded park and some less frenetic streets that offer numerous quieter places to stay and eat. Largely pedestrianized Apostolou Pavlou Street runs between the Acropolis and forested Filopappou Hill, well worth climbing for more great panoramas, until it merges with Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. This leads to the up-and-coming area of Makriyanni, whose centerpiece is the magnificent new Acropolis Museum. Opposite the museum is the entrance to the southern slopes of the Acropolis, while the eponymous metro station nearby is at the top of Makriyanni Street, another strip of touristic cafés and restaurants.
How to get there
  • Thissio • 4 min walk
  • Monastiraki • 8 min walk
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Hornjazz
Philadelphia, PA4 contributions
Couples
I make a point of visiting this place each time I’m in Athens. The first time, there was an amazing exhibit of works by Escher; the second time lesser known sculptures by Degas. It seems they’ve settled on Ancient Greek technology and scientific innovations the last couple of visits… It’s worth a repeat visit. It’s small and won’t demand too much of young children, yet interesting enough for adults. Worth the small fee!
I was disappointed that the gift shop wasn’t open this time, maybe because of the holiday weekend or maybe because of the pandemic — also small but full of interesting things.
Written June 13, 2022
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ConM
Piraeus, Greece31 contributions
Couples
The museum itself was very interesting and enjoyable, but we had a bad experience with the stuff of the second building (Herakleidon str.). So much noise and talks about irrelevant things, which prevented the quietness and concentration needed to truly appreciate the exhibition. Otherwise, I totally recommend it though. Probably we were just unlucky.

Written August 29, 2021
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John N
Bolton, UK21 contributions
I visited the Herakleidon museum yesterday and in my opinion it was the most enjoyable visit of my time in Athens-this includes all of the major museums which I visited. I was guided around by Pantelis, who is, I believe, the General Manager of the museum. Pantelis was bursting with enthusiasm. He was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about his subject and was able to provide me with so much insight and knowledge which I did not previously have. His English was great and the exhibits were well laid out. In fairness, if I had not had a private tour, the exhibits were well labelled and accurately translated into English so it would have been easy to decipher anyway. I guess at this difficult time across the world, it is nice to have something positive to write about. I really highly recommend this museum. It is located close to the Acropolis and Thissio metro station on line 1.
Written July 27, 2020
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Sara D
Agualva, Portugal44 contributions
Small and very interesting museum that shows you the use of technology in Ancient Greece, sometimes in everyday items. You learn a lot and the jaw drops sometimes. Nice staff always helpful to give some more explanations about the exhibit.
Written September 6, 2021
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Laura
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This is a fab museum which explores various aspect of ancient Greece, including triremes (warships) and engineering works such as bridges and cranes. We were guided through the exhibits by knowledgeable and enthusiastic museum employees which really added to our experience. Both myself and my partner felt we knew a fair bit about ancient Greece already and we both learnt a lot! Overall really interesting and enjoyable museum and would recommend it to anyone going to Athens.
It's a good size too, speaking as someone who suffers from museum fatigue at times!
Written September 5, 2020
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Tamara R
London, UK6 contributions
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We stopped by chance, on our way from the Pnyx hilltop to the Agora. Next time we come to Athens, we will go straight there. It is great for bringing Ancient Greece alive. There are two buildings. Both were full of fascinating exhibits, covering everything from Greek warfare and telecommunications to the exceptional sophistication of life in 17-18th C BC (Santorini before the main eruption). The Antikythera horological ‘computer’ is a must see. The actual object is on display in the National Archeological Museum but we had the good fortune of having a full description of how it works with a 3x life size model in this museum first. Aside from all the interactive displays, both museum buildings were staffed by enthusiastic students, specialists in their subjects and eager to share their knowledge. They even captivated our teenage children. We all learnt a lot, including my history mad husband, who is often better informed than many guides. Not here!
Written August 8, 2020
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Scrummybunny
Essex, UK59 contributions
Couples
We spotted this museum whilst having lunch at restaurant opposite. The museum is two buildings with the main entrance on another street. Many interesting exhibits with clear explanations. The model of the work site for the construction of the Parthenon was very good. My favourite however was the moving automated servant of Philo and Heron. The videos can be watched in English on the second floor, they were a little bit slow but as we were the only ones watching we were able to fast forward some of them! I think due to Covid there are no longer any demostrations. The gift shop is now only open on Saturday and Sunday, but there is a staff member in the shop to tell you this!!! We really enjoyed the visit and purchased the guide book back at the entrance.
Written May 7, 2022
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Isobel L
Edinburgh, UK41 contributions
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A lovely small museum with a very interesting selection of art. We went to see the MC Escher paintings which were great. It's in a good location and has a very nice shop. Well worth going to see.
Written November 18, 2012
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jordromani
Kavala, Greece565 contributions
very good experience the museum is nice and has a good gift shop you should visit it and the ticket price is friendly
Written October 16, 2020
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Mas S
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The Herakleidon Museum is a must see when you are in Athens if you’re into science and technology, creative arts or just of a curious mind. This museum is packed with information and displays for children and adults alike and is easily accessible on the way to the Acropolis.

All the exhibits are well curated. Using clear diagrams and displays and well built working models based on Ancient Greek texts the museum has done an excellent job of showcasing ancient Greek technology. The current exhibit, ‘Eureka’ is all about the science, technology and the arts of the ancient Greeks. Using the elements of water, heat, steam and gravity the ancient Greeks created robotics and automated mechanisms that would have astounded their citizens- life size recreated working models of Automata of Heron and Philo, the Hydraulic pump of Ktesibios, to name just a few. Just imagine robotics with renewable energy and no waste or harmful byproducts!
Also on display is a model of the Antikythera Mechanism, the history of it’s undersea recovery near Antikythera, as well as the imaging technology that was used to uncover its complex mechanisms, all well displayed and easy to read text. The Antikythera, a complex clockwork mechanism of an ancient analog computer is more than just a calendar, it was used to predict the movements of the heavenly bodies, predict astronomical events such as eclipses as well as the dates and locations of upcoming Olympic Games. It’s been dated between 150-100BC! Imagine over 2000 yr old Greek technology which has been called the world’s first and oldest computer!
At the exhibit ‘The Blue Hour’ you get to see the new fugitive color of Quantum Blue. The second building houses the exhibit on Ancient Greek War technology covering the history and evolution of the trireme, the ramming technology used in the battle of Salamis, life size bronze and composite armor displays of the Mycenaean warrior, the catapult, steam powered cannons, and even ancient telecommunication mechanisms using hydraulics, beacons and visual word telegraphs, the latter you can try out.
The museum is housed in two stately neoclassical buildings from the 17th century, so don’t forget to look up at the ceilings and the walls for exquisitely painted murals. The museum’s friendly staff are ever present to help.
So skip the lines at the larger museums (you can always see Greek sculptures anywhere) and visit The Herakleidon, you’ll come away in awe!
Written November 23, 2019
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