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Destination(s): Athens

Athens is a colorful city that has drawn artists for the last, oh, four thousand years. The modern art scene is thriving asThis tour is for filling that ripe head of yours with inspiration, art, design, craft work, paintings..and everything else that appeals to those on the visual side. It leads you day by day through area: Day one, the historical center. Day two, modern Illisos, Day three, the posh galleries of Kolonaki, and Day four, the northern suburbs of Maroussi and Kifissia. read more about Arty Athens Guide

Museum of Greek Children's Art

Museum of Greek Children's Art

  • 9 Kodrou Street
  • tel:+30 210 331 2621 / +30 210 331 2750
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 105 58

Picasso said, "It took me four years to paint like Raphael and a lifetime to paint like a child." Two museums in the world were among the first in recognizing the value of children's art to the extent of making it the focus of their collection, and one of those is in Athens, Greece. The aim of the museum is to preserve, study, and promote children's art as well as encouraging development in the young artists and art educators.

 Children will enjoy seeing work of other children their own age. There are also activity workshops most months of the year held every Sunday from 10am to 11:30. While most classes are in Greek, bilingual instructors can assist English speaking children.
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Kalfayan Gallery

Kalfayan Gallery

Semiramis Hotel

Semiramis Hotel

  • 48 Charilaou Trikoupi Street
  • Kifissia
  • tel:30 210 628 4400
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  • Athens, 145 62
Classical Fashion House Hotel

Classical Fashion House Hotel

AMP Gallery

AMP Gallery

  • Epikourou 26 and Korinis 4
  • tel:+30 210 325 1881
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  • Athens, 10553
A.Antonopoulou Art

A.Antonopoulou Art

  • Aristofanous Street 20
  • 4th floor
  • tel:+30 210 321 4994
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 10554
Café Ianos

Café Ianos

  • Stadiou 24
  • Syntagma Square, 1st Floor
  • tel:+30 210 321 7917
  • Athens, 10564
Fizz Gallery

Fizz Gallery

  • 9c Valaoritou Street
  • tel:+30 210 360 7598
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  • Athens, 10671
Museum of Greek Folk Art

Museum of Greek Folk Art

  • 17 Kidathineon
  • Plaka
  • tel:+30 210 322 9031
  • Visit website
  • Plaka, 10558

Take a look at what comes from Greece outside of Athens at the Museum of Greek Folk Art in Plaka. The museum's collection includes items from the 1700s to present day. On display are folk paintings, pottery, costumes worn for religious and wedding ceremonies, weavings and masks to name a few. A lot of what is on display was used in homes every day, while the more formal items were used when families entertained. The museum has a library with 5000 volumes of folklore and ethnology in addition to photo, film and sound archives. Other points of interest are the Museum of Greek Children's Art, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Vlassis Frissiras Museum of Contemporary European Art. The closest metro station is Syntagma. read more about Museum of Greek Folk Art

lIeana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre

lIeana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre

  • 48 Armatolon-Klephton Street
  • tel:+30 210 643 9466
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  • Athens, 11471
20th Century Design Museum

20th Century Design Museum

  • 4-8 Patmou Street
  • Technal Plaza Exhibition Centre
  • tel:+30 210 685 0611
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  • Athens, 15123
Vlassis Frissiras Museum of Contemporary European Art

Vlassis Frissiras Museum of Contemporary European Art

  • 3-7 Monis Asteriou Street
  • Plaka
  • tel:+30 210 323 4678
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  • Athens, 10558
National Museum of Contemporary Art

National Museum of Contemporary Art

  • Amvrosiou Frantzi 14
  • EMST Building
  • tel:+30 210 924 2111
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  • Athens, 11745
Museum of Cycladic Art

Museum of Cycladic Art

  • 4 Neophytou Douka
  • (off Vassilissis Sophias Avenue)
  • tel:+30 210 722 8321
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 106 74

The Nicholas P. Goulandris Foundation private museum houses a remarkable collection of objects dating back to the 3rd millennium. Among this collection which features art from ancient Greece, the Cycladic culture and Cyprus, what will imprint in the visitor's mind are the white marble Cycladic figurines and vessels. Of interest is also a permanent exhibition "Scenes from daily life in antiquity". An additional highlight are the temporary exhibitions in the Stathatos Mansion (Vasilissis Sophias Ave and 1 Irodotou St.), accessible via an internal passage way between the buildings. Don't miss touring this beautiful building, an outstanding example of 19th century Neoclassical architecture. In addition there are activities for children and museum reproductions at the museum shop. Exit the museum and head up into Kolonaki for a coffee or lunch. The closets metro stop is Evangelismos. Other museums in the vicinity are the Benaki Museum, National Gallery-Alexandros Soutzos Museum, War Museum and Byzantine Museum. If you want to escape the concrete and asphalt spent some time in the National Gardens. read more about Museum of Cycladic Art

Emfietzoglou Gallery

Emfietzoglou Gallery

  • Terma Finikon, Anavryta
  • tel:+30 210 809 7100
  • Athens, 15126
DESTE Institute for Contemporary Art

DESTE Institute for Contemporary Art

  • Filellinon 11 & Em. Pappa Street
  • tel:+30 210 275 8490
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  • Athens, 14234

Housed in a sock factory built in the 1930's and drawing many of its events from one of the world's most prominent art collectors, Dakis Joannou, the DESTE foundation makes a weighty case for being one of the best places to see contemporary art in Athens. The foundation was based in 1983 in Geneva, Switzerland, by Mr. Joannou along with Adelina von Fürstenberg and Efi Strousa. Since 2006, the foundation has been using the space of the former sock factory to show the work of prominent as well as emerging talent in art and fashion, music, film, architecture, design, and contemporary culture.

The neighborhood of Nea Ioania is a bit out of the way from the other things that are considered the usual sightseeing in the city, but taking the green line 1 on the Metro puts you almost immediately there (stop: Nea Ionia)
Alternatively, take bus 421 • Ag. Anargiroi - Ag. Paraskevi (bus stop: Agia Olga)
or 602 Nea Ionia - Kalograza - Stath. Panormou (bus stop: Athina 2004)
The exhibition space is open on Wednesdays from 12-8pm and Saturdays from 10-2pm
 
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Benaki Museum

Benaki Museum

  • 1 Koumbari
  • At Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias, Kolonaki, 5 blocks east of Syntagma Sq
  • tel:+30 210 367 1000
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 10674

Behind a vine-covered gate, in a romantic white mansion, eight thousand years of Greek history come alive. Enjoy prehistoric works of art, rare manuscripts, Byzantine icons, historic weapons and paintings. The greatest attraction is the reconstructions of 18th and 19th century living. The museum also features a Childhood and Toy Department (with 15,000 historic games and children's items from around the world), a Chinese Art Department (with ceramics as old as 4,000 years) and a Coptic Art Department where displays include rare textiles from Egypt.

Along with the standing collection, temporary exhibitions that spotlight artwork and culture are rotated on the top level. The museum shop offers upscale treasures like hand-embroidered linens, painted porcelain, silver, and a hefty selection of premium books on Greek culture. A cafe and roof garden is located on the top level, providing an excellent place for a light snack, tea or coffee with a stunning view of the Acropolis.

The striking building was designed by Greek architect Anastasios Metaxas who was also responsible for the restoration of the Panathenaic Stadium one block away.The Benaki has two additional museums worth visiting: the Museum of Islamic Art and the Benaki Pireos Street Annexe.

The Benaki is part of the "Museum Mile" which includes the Cycladic Museum of Art, the War Museum, the National Gallery, and the Byzantine Museum.

Nearest Metro: Evangelismos
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New Acropolis Museum

New Acropolis Museum

  • 15 Dionysiou
  • Dionisiou Aeropagitou
  • tel:+30 21 0 924 1043
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 117 42

The New Acropolis Museum was conceived in 1979 in an overall effort to persuade the British Museum to return the famous marbles of the Parthenon. After changing decisions on locations and architects, on top of the discovery of an ancient settlement on the winning site, the museum was completed in June of 2009. It is considered one of the top ten museums of Europe and is unique in that all of its contents are specific to the site of the sacred rock of the Acropolis. How to deal with the ancient ruins underneath? Prop it up on columns and lay down a clear floor, giving visual access throughout the museum.

A must see.
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Alatsi

Alatsi

  • 13 Vrasida Street
  • tel:30 210 721 0501 / 30 6979 800 203
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  • Athens, 115 28
Cats and Marbles Gallery

Cats and Marbles Gallery

  • 12 Fokylidou Street
  • tel:+30 210 361 3942
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 10673
Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum

Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum

  • 12 Kalisperi
  • At Karyatidon
  • tel:+30 210 922 1044 / +30 210 922 7260
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 11742

Anyone who appreciates attention to detail, artistry and craftsmanship will enjoy a visit to one of the world's only jewelry museums where 4,000 creations of its founder, Ilias Lalounis, gleam brilliantly from display cases. You'll see all of the cultural and historical points of reference from which he drew inspiration, such as earrings inspired by an ivory plaque from Samaria, decorated with the motif of the sacred tree of life, or a pendant taken from the folds of a "chiton" an ancient Greek garments. The third level is given to temporary exhibitions by local artists and the first level has a protected courtyard for refreshments, rooms for special workshops (some directed specifically toward children) and a gift shop that sells fashion books, children's books, hats, t shirts, ceramics, silk scarves, and, hm... oh yes! World class jewelry.

Hours are 9-9 on Wednesday
Thr, Fri, Sat 8:30-4
Sunday 11-4
closed on Mondays

Acropolis Metro is a two minute walk. Located on Karyatidon and Kallisperi streets, just off of Dionysiou Areopagitou St.
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Gagosian Gallery

Gagosian Gallery

  • 3 Merlin Street
  • tel:30.210.36.40.215
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  • Athens Ece, 10671

The eighth outpost of international, art-vending giant, Gagosian Gallery, opened in Athens in September of 2009. The first exhibition was attended by Mr. Gagosian himself, along with the featured artist, Mr. Cy Twombly. When asked, "why Greece," the gallery's founder responded, Athens is "a step outside the obvious direction."

The original Galgosian Galleries in New York and LA have exhibited the likes of Francis Bacon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joseph Beuys, Willem de Kooning,  Alberto Giacometti,  Roy Lichtenstein,  Pablo Picasso,  David Smith and Andy Warhol.

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Benaki Museum of Islamic Art

Benaki Museum of Islamic Art

  • 22 Agion Assomaton and 12 Dipylou Streets
  • tel:+30 210 325 1311
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  • Athens, 105 53
Zoumboulakis Galleries

Zoumboulakis Galleries

  • 20 Kolonaki Square
  • tel:+30 360 8278
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  • Athens, 10671
Benaki Museum Pireos Annex

Benaki Museum Pireos Annex

  • 138 Pireos and Andronikou Streets
  • Gazi
  • tel:+30 210 345 3111
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  • Athens, 118 54
Nixon Bar

Nixon Bar

  • 61B Agisilaou Street
  • tel:+30 210 346 2077
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  • Athens, 10435