Although underground railways serve as art exhibit venue in various European cities none of them can compete with metro in Athens. During the construction of metro more than 50 thousand ancient articles were revealed in Athens and many of them are currently displayed there for public admiration. To emphasize cultural value of all metro stations archaeological finds are combined with works of art of contemporary Greek artists. Your cost would be just a metro ticket. If you don't have a lot of time and have to choose - then go for Syntagma station and Acropolis.
Largest museum in Greece - National Archeological Museum (www.namuseum.gr) exhibits extensive collection from prehistory to late antiquity including prehistoric collection, sculptures collection, vase and minor objects collection, metallurgy collection, Egyptian and Near Eastern antiquities collection. Free entrance on:
Housed in the historical Old Parliament Building the Museum of National History covers the history of modern Greece from the fall of Constantinople in 1453 until the 1940 war accomponied by rich Greek costume, jewelry and household items collection. Free admission on Sundays, March 25, May 18 and October 28.
Mentis is a center devoted to preservation of traditional Greek textile techniques. Visitors of th center have an opportunity to learn how a historical workshop has functioned by following every step in silk processing and the crafting of masterpieces out of thread. Free admission.
A unique example of the workspace of important Greek artist Yannis Pappas has the main aim to keep together artist’s works in their natural physical environment. The family of Yannis Pappas lived in this building until the 1960s and today exhibits both sculptures and paintings. Free admission,
Benaki Museum in Athens (www.benaki.gr), the oldest museum in Grecce, displays extensive collection and covers various cultural fields. Its main building that (located opposite National gardens) displays Greek collections from prehistoric and ancient time to the 20th century, as well as interesting collection of coptic art with unique rich group of textiles and pre-columbian art. Main building can be visited free of charge every Thursday (permanent exhibition) and 18 May.
Most museums in Athens have free admission on the following days: