Museum Herakleidon
Museum Herakleidon
4.5
Speciality MuseumsScience Museums
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Tuesday
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
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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  • Antigone
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Eye opening experience
    What a fantastic museum! I tend to get rather easily bored in museums but this is fascinating. I am Greek and considered well educated but I did not know the extent and ingenuity of the Ancient Greek technology. The first computer (anrikythira mechanism) to have been invented 2.200 years ago!! And our free tour guide Katerina made the experience unforgettable with her passion for archeology, her extended knowledge, a very engaging presentation and her genuine smile. Thank you Katerina and all the staff for making us feel so welcome and for helping to educate us!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 20, 2023
  • 841allent
    Forest Hills, New York42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An instant favorite.
    The Herakleidon Museum instantly became one of my favorite stops in Athens. I had no idea how inventive and how ingenious were the Greeks of antiquity. I walked through this compact museum in amazement. The video presentations were marvelous and very realistic. You feel like you are watching history unfold. And also, enjoy a stroll through the beautiful Thissio neighborhood.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 19, 2023
  • JeJeWe
    Copenhagen, Denmark544 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Their homepage and ‘current exhibition’ is a decoy - the ongoing exhibition is featuring fascinating ingenuity
    The best (most overlooked) museum in Athens! Do not let yourself be turned off by the homepage talking about international art (there is none at the museum) – also feel free to ignore the oddly poetic exhibition ‘currently featured’ (it takes up a tiny space in this 2-building museum and has no relevance for the ongoing exhibition). What you should do: Spend time dwelling on the ongoing exhibition in writing and video about adventurous innovations in ancient Greece: From the Antikythera Mechanism (an analog computer as thrilling as any Mission Impossible meets Indiana Jones story) to the captivating story about the tunnel of Eupalinos. Beautiful museum featuring lots of chairs enabling you to dwell.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 19, 2024
  • bcburlington
    101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An unexpected treat
    What an unexpected treat. Small museum but delightful exhibits which include models of how ancient greeks got things done, how they built ships and propelled them, how they assembled the parthenon, how they fought their enemies. Only 6 euro, about one hour duration. A lot of fun
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 13, 2024
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Laura
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
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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Hornjazz
Philadelphia, PA11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • 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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Sara D
Agualva, Portugal43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
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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Iulius
Iasi, Romania48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Very interesting museum about ancient greek technology. The staff was very friendly and helpful, eager to answer questions and demonstrate how every technical exhibit used to work. Some exhibits are presented in an interactive manner, which is quite rare for a museum.
Written August 15, 2022
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JeJeWe
Copenhagen, Denmark544 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The best (most overlooked) museum in Athens!
Do not let yourself be turned off by the homepage talking about international art (there is none at the museum) – also feel free to ignore the oddly poetic exhibition ‘currently featured’ (it takes up a tiny space in this 2-building museum and has no relevance for the ongoing exhibition).

What you should do: Spend time dwelling on the ongoing exhibition in writing and video about adventurous innovations in ancient Greece: From the Antikythera Mechanism (an analog computer as thrilling as any Mission Impossible meets Indiana Jones story) to the captivating story about the tunnel of Eupalinos.

Beautiful museum featuring lots of chairs enabling you to dwell.
Written February 20, 2024
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JSSAmber
Cambridge, UK619 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This two-part museum is in a very posh neighborhood and has some lovely displays. I don't really think of technology and the ancient world in the same sentence, and this place opened my eyes. There's a small second part to the museum around the corner, and one ticket gets you in both.
Written April 5, 2023
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bcburlington
Burlington,Vermont101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
What an unexpected treat. Small museum but delightful exhibits which include models of how ancient greeks got things done, how they built ships and propelled them, how they assembled the parthenon, how they fought their enemies. Only 6 euro, about one hour duration. A lot of fun
Written May 13, 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.

841allent
Forest Hills, NY42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The Herakleidon Museum instantly became one of my favorite stops in Athens. I had no idea how inventive and how ingenious were the Greeks of antiquity. I walked through this compact museum in amazement. The video presentations were marvelous and very realistic. You feel like you are watching history unfold. And also, enjoy a stroll through the beautiful Thissio neighborhood.
Written December 19, 2023
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Antigone
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
What a fantastic museum! I tend to get rather easily bored in museums but this is fascinating. I am Greek and considered well educated but I did not know the extent and ingenuity of the Ancient Greek technology. The first computer (anrikythira mechanism) to have been invented 2.200 years ago!! And our free tour guide Katerina made the experience unforgettable with her passion for archeology, her extended knowledge, a very engaging presentation and her genuine smile. Thank you Katerina and all the staff for making us feel so welcome and for helping to educate us!
Written July 20, 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.

Scrummybunny
Essex, UK101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • 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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