Byzantine and Christian Museum

Athens, Greece

The Byzantine and Christian Museum was founded in 1914, and houses more than 25,000 exhibits with rare collections of pictures, scriptures, frescoes, pottery, fabrics, manuscripts, and copies of artifacts from the 3rd century AD to the late medieval era. It is one of the most important museums in the world in Byzantine Art. In June 2004, in time for its 90th anniversary and the 2004 Athens Olympics, the museum reopened to the public after an extensive renovation and the addition of another wing.

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Founded: 1914
Category: Museums in Greece

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Panagiotis Oikonomopoulos (17 months ago)
One of my favorite museums in Athens. It’s located at the old house of duchess Plakentia in the Centre of Athens. Easy to access by public transport. The exhibition refers to the Byzantine history in general and in Byzantine Athens particularly. There is an exhibition over the orthodox art and history wise the exhibition covers the history of the Greek nation till the 18th century. The gardens outside are amazing to chill out, there is a little museum shop and temporary exhibitions. Many tours offered as also children workshops. Worth the visit when in Athens.
Magical Pancake (18 months ago)
Rich history. The museum is setup in a chronological fashion and like Ikea. You just walk through the story of how Christianity took hold before and after the Byzantine empire in a set path. There is a toilet you can access for free without paying admission just on the side of the ticket area down the stairs. They make you store your stuff in their designated unsecured area, so don't bring anything expensive. Like the others have said if you don't love this kind of stuff, even a little, skip this. It gets a bit repetitive and kinda boring especially when you get to the later eras.
Emily Hopper (18 months ago)
Super interesting! You get to see the progression in the style of art through the ages (actually a bit disappointing when you get to the Italian influenced era at the end, as it looks like so much you'd get in museums in western Europe at that point, haha). Lots of signs, all in English as well as Greek.
Tim West (19 months ago)
Great overview of the history. We learnt a lot. Provided great context for all the Byzantine churches we visited over the next week. Well laid out, and comprehensive without being too big.
Josiah Wadsack (19 months ago)
Amazing museum. Really well done displays - not like the other Greek museums I've visited. Well arranged collection with very informative historical context and overview in English. Highly recommend you make a stop!
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