COUNTLESS ASPECTS OF BEAUTY, National Archaeological MuseumWhere: National Archaeological MuseumWhen: On now – May 2019Why Go: Discover objects of beauty from antiquity
The National Archaeological Museum in Athens presents ‘Countless Aspects of Beauty’, the final exhibition in a fascinating trilogy that showcases the institution’s impressive collections, on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. More than 300 artefacts, digital media and other displays explore human kind’s eternal quest for beauty and the need to surround ourselves with beautiful objects,…
LEONARDO DA VINCI – 500 years of GeniusWhere: Old ‘OSY’ depot, GaziWhen: On now until 31 March 2019Why Go: For a unique journey in space and time
A new and immersive exhibition, ‘Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius’ comes to Athens, allowing visitors to explore the life and work of this great artist and inventor, 500 years after his death. An emblematic building in central Athens will be transformed into the most complete presentation of Leonardo’s work. Masterpieces, inventions, codices,…
CRETE. EMERGING CITIES: APTERA, ELEUTHERNA & KNOSSOSWhere: Museum of Cycladic Art, AthensWhen: On now until 30 April 2019Why Go: See new artefacts from ancient Cretan cities
Crete – Emerging Cities: Aptera, Eleutherna and Knossos is the latest exhibition presented at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens. The exhibition outlines the life of three Cretan cities, Aptera, Eleutherna, and Knossos, from their founding and development, to their abandonment and rediscovery, through recent archaeological investigation and excavation. Approximately 500 artefacts dating from the…
HI-TECH INVENTIONS OF THE ANCIENT GREEKSWhere: Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek TechnologyWhen: March & April 2019Why Go: Discover contributions made to technology by the ancient Greeks
The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology is the newest museum opening in Athens, founded by Kostas Kotsanas, that represents cutting edge technology from ancient Greece. This permanent exhibition space features hundreds of objects and fully-functioning replicas made by Kotsanas, using the same methods and materials as the originals. Housed in a historic Art Nouveau building,…
YIANNIS MORALIS – MASTER TEACHERWhere: Benaki Museum, KolonakiWhen: On now until 5 May 2019Why Go: See how Moralis influenced a new generation of Greek artists
An exhibition presented at the Benaki Museum in Athens focuses on the work of artists who were taught by the great Yiannis Moralis (1916-2009), one of Greece’s leading 20th-century artists. Moralis’ teaching influenced and shaped Greek art throughout his own life and over subsequent generations. The exhibition sheds light on how his liberal teaching style…
ALEXANDER LAMONT HENDERSON, ‘HOLIDAY SNAPS’Where: Benaki Museum Ghika GalleryWhen: On now until 4 May 2019Why Go: See every day Athens captured during the 19th cent
Holiday Snaps is a collection of photographs by distinguished photographer Alexander Lamont Henderson (1838-1907), on display at the Benaki Museum’s Ghika Gallery in Athens. The exhibition consists of photographs taken during Henderson’s visit to Greece in 1904. His camera did not follow the iconographic stereotypes of the time and disregarded the systematic recording of ancient…
CHRONOGRAPHY – ROBERT MCCABE photographs of GreeceWhere: Archaeological Society of AthensWhen: On now – 29 March 2019Why Go: Historical insights of Greece in the 1950s through the lens of a great philhellene
An exhibition of photographs by American photographer and philhellene Robert McCabe marks the 180th anniversary of the Archaeological Society of Athens. The presentation, “Chronography – An Exhibition for the 180th Anniversary (1837-2017) of the Archaeological Society” includes 53 black and white photographs taken between 1954-55 in regions of Greece of archaeological significance including, the Acropolis,…
EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUMWhere: Acropolis MuseumWhen: On now through 30 April 2019Why Go: To get more out of your visit to the museum
The Acropolis Museum holds special events throughout the summer to enhance your experience of visiting the museum. Free guided tours, musical interludes and important archaeological artefacts on display on a temporary basis. See what’s on this month. FREE GUIDED TOUR AND GALLERY TALK OF THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM Complimentary* guided tours every Friday evening at…
BROKEN HISTORY – an exhibition by Pavlos SamiosWhere: Byzantine and Christian MuseumWhen: On now to 15 June 2019Why Go: Street art meets ancient art
Broken History is a series of works by Greek painter and Athens School of Fine Arts professor Pavlos Samios presented at the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens. The exhibition examines Greek history and ancient myths with 66 large scale works on cardboard that contrast between ancient art and street art representing the past and…
OCCUPIED ATHENS DURING WWII – Photography exhibitionWhere: Fethiye Mosque Roman AgoraWhen: On now – 30 June 2019Why Go: Fascinating visual insights into Athens during WWII
A collection of photographs taken by a German photographer during the wartime occupation in Greece in World War II (1941 – 1944) are on display in the historical heart of Athens. Presented by the Ministry of Culture, the exhibition sheds light on Nazi propaganda at the time, as captured by a German soldier stationed in…
ALEX MYLONA – a retrospective exhibitionWhere: Alex Mylona MuseumWhen: On now until 5 May 2019Why Go: See Greek post-war art by this talented Athenian artist
More than 120 works produced by Greek visual artist, Alex Mylona, are on display in a retrospective exhibition in the historical heart of Athens. Hosted in the stylish museum which she founded to house her work, the exhibition spans over two floors looking back over her extensive career. From monumental sculptures of wrought iron and…
HADRIAN & ATHENS at the National Archaeological MuseumWhere: National Archaeological MuseumWhen: On now until 30 Nov 2019Why Go: See rare exhibits of the Roman Emperor Hadrian
The National Archaeological Museum along with the Italian Archaeological School present ‘Hadrian and Athens, conversing with an Ideal World’ that marks 1900 years since the Roman Emperor Hadrian began his reign in 117AD. All of the 40 exhibits featured come from the National Archaeological Museum’s collections and gives visitors a unique opportunity to view exhibits…
With a vibrant cultural scene all year round, Athens events include an impressive mix of both local and international musicians, artists and dance groups. The city comes alive in the summer months where cinema screens move outdoors and plateias or neighbourhood squares are buzzing with music and festivities. From June-August every year, the Athens & Epidaurus Festival is in full swing with an abundance of events held at various iconic Athenian venues including Odeon of Herodes Atticus theatre, located at the base of the southern slopes of the Acropolis.
The Athens events we list have been chosen to appeal to an international audience passing through Athens and we select events accordingly.
Events in Athens
The Megaron Athens Concert Hall and Greek National Theatre are two of the major modern day venues in Athens. In peak season and where possible, we recommend you pre-purchase your tickets or ask your hotel to assist you with this. We provide you with the venue address in English and Greek to overcome any language barriers with taxi drivers. We also provide the nearest metro station to an event, along with a map to assist with your travel arrangements.
Athens & Epidaurus Festival
This is by far the crown jewel in the annual events calendar in Athens. Running now for more than 60 years, it presents local and international productions of Ancient Greek drama that celebrates the city’s cultural heritage. Athens is blessed with a network of ancient amphitheatres including Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Aristotle’s Lyceum and Lycabettus Theatre. Extending beyond Athens to the Attica region, performances can also be found at the Ancient Theatre of Delphi and the infamous Epidaurus Theatre. Check out our travel tips of getting to Epidaurus.
August Full Moon Festival
Every August on the night of the full moon, musical performances are held at key historic venues, including the Acropolis, the Roman Agora and other sites around Greece. Be sure to watch this space for updates.