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4 of the most impressive museums in Greece


If you’re looking for a cultural and educational experience in Greece, a trip to the museum is perfect. We chart the top four here

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Acropolis Museum, Athens
This stunning glass-and-concrete building is in sharp contrast to the ancient treasures it contains; statues, stone animal carvings and more. These are finds from the Acropolis, which is just 300 metres from the museum. Since its opening the building has seen an impressive 6.5 million visitors pass through the doors, and it’s easy to see why. The galleries are beautifully devised and offer lots of intriguing insight, such as everyday objects from ancient Athens.  This is a great place to visit for a modern take on ancient history.

Acropolis Museum, 15 Dionysiou Areopagitou, 117 42 Athens, +30 21 0900 0900

Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki
With its wonderful mosaics, reliquaries and stone carvings, the Museum of Byzantine Culture presents an extensive collection that aims to explain social life during the Byzantine and post-Byzantine periods. Awarded the Council of Europe Museum Prize in 2005, the museum has a large permanent collection housed in 11 rooms and also offers temporary exhibitions. It is absorbing place to visit to learn pre-Ottoman life and culture.

Museum of Byzantine Culture, 2 Stratou, 546 40 Thessaloniki, +30 23 1330 6400

National Historical Museum, Athens
A short walk from Syntagma Square, the National Historical Museum is housed in a building that was once the seat of Greece’s Parliament. In October 1854 the property was destroyed by fire and it was subsequently rebuilt to a design by the architect François Boulanger. The building has served as the National Historical Museum since 1962 and covers Greek history and folklore from the 15th to the 20th century. It displays exhibits from the periods of Frankish and Ottoman rule (15th to the 19th century) as well as from the War of Independence of 1821. We recommend visiting this museum for a traditionally cultural experience.

National Historical Museum, Kolokotronis Square, 105 61 Athens, +30 21 0323 7617

State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki
Founded in 1997 and housed in a former monastery in the Stavroupoli area of western Thessaloniki, the State Museum of Contemporary Art offers a creative and modern experience. It principally houses the remarkable collection of George Costakis, which includes more than 1200 works by Russian avant garde artists such as Vasilii Kandinski, Liubov Popova and Vladimir Tatlin. You are guaranteed a diverse and colourful experience here.

State Museum of Contemporary Art, 21 Kolokotroni, 564 30 Thessaloniki, +30 23 1058 9140

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