The Athens War Museum is a distinctive spot in the center of Athens. The museum is a short walk away from Syntagma Square. You really cannot miss it because outside of the museum is some very impressive historic planes. Read on about visiting the War Museum with the kids!
Athens War Museum
The large Athens War Museum (Greek: Πολεμικό Μουσείο) exhibits planes, weapons, and memorabilia connected with the Greek Armed Forces. The museum is one of the largest in Athens. You don’t need to be a war enthusiast to visit the War Museum in Athens. Above all, it will give you a better understanding of Greek modern history.
The War Museum in Athens is only a 5-minute walk away from Syntagma Square. The museum is located at Vassilissis Sofias Avenue. The closest metro station is Evangelismos. Further, it is right next to The Byzantine Museum and across from the Cycladic Art Museum.
The current opening hours are between 09.00 and 19.00 in the summer, and until 17.00 in the winter. The museum is closed on Mondays. However, as with many museums in Greece, opening times are subject to change, so if you want to check before your visit, visit the website.
Athens War museum: Tickets
Main admission: 6,00€
Reduced admission: 3,00€
You can buy your tickets online via the website. To visit the entire collection, I would recommend spending 2 hours inside the museum.
If you are planning to visit more than one museum in Athens, you could skip the lines and the hassle and opt for the Athens: Combo Ticket Pass for Museums & Hop-On Hop-Off Bus. This pass gives you 48-hour access to all the important museums in Athens, including the Athens War Museum. The pass includes the bus from and to the museums and an audio guide in your own language.
Visiting the Athens War Museum with Kids
Greek children will have an understanding of Greece’s turbulent history through their school education. (In fact, my daughter’s first visit to the Athens War Museum was in primary school)
Foreign visitors will realize that Greece’s history is filled with conflict. It started with the Greek War of Independence, followed by The Balkans War, World War 1, World War 2, and the Greek Civil War. Since the Greek state was created, and for over 140 years, Greece has been in war.
The inside exhibition of the museum describes these various conflicts. The museum is split into several sections. Each one of these sections covered the major conflicts. You will see the different uniforms of the army, weapons, and photos.
The outside exhibition of the museum is, in my opinion, the most attractive to children. Here, you can find all the big armaments such as artillery pieces and even planes and a helicopter.
Don’t miss the huge artwork in front of the museum commemorating the battle of Crete. Your kids will be impressed by the historic planes and fighter planes. That is why this museum is a must-visit when in Athens with kids!
If you are interested in finding out about the other museums in Athens, then check out this post –Top things to do in Athens with children – Museums in Athens
Other museums that you may find interesting for your family are:
- Minerology & Petrology Museum Athens
- The Byzantine Museum
- The National Art Gallery in Athens
- The Hellenic Children’s Museum
- Ancient Greek Technology Museum
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Celeste was born and raised in the Netherlands but lives in Greece for 25 years. She studied at the Dutch Institute of Athens underneath the Acropolis and currently lives with her family in an Athenian suburb. Celeste is the founder of Family Experiences Blog. Whether you and your family live in Greece or are visiting, this blog will show you the very best ways in which to celebrate family life here.