Last Updated on June 21, 2021 by Vasilis
The National Art Gallery of Greece has finally opened its doors again. After eight years of renovation, the nation’s most important art museum is back, showing its visitors an impressive exhibiting of iconic artworks. Here you will find more information about visiting Athens with kids: the National Art Gallery.
The opening of the National Art Gallery of Athens
So often we stopped at the traffic lights on Vasilissis Sofias Avenue at the Hilton Hotel wondering what was hidden behind those scaffolds at the worksite of the National Gallery. For years, there was nothing more to see than wooden panels depicting the interesting paintings of the Greek past. But on March 24, 2021; the day before the 200th anniversary of the start of the Greek War of Independence, the National Art Gallery of Greece was finally unveiled and opened for the public on 14 May 2021. A few weeks later, we finally saw the national gallery from the inside.
The collection of the National Art Gallery
The beautifully constructed building of The National Gallery (its official name is the National Art Gallery – Alexandros Soutsos Museum) boasts a collection of more than 20,000 paintings, sculptures, and engravings dating from post-Byzantine times to the present. Apart from the great Greeks, the National Gallery also has a sizeable collection of works by great western European painters, such as Goya, Rembrandt, and Durer.
Athens with Kids: National Art Gallery
Before you visit the National Gallery with the kids, take a virtual tour around the museum at its website. Familiarize yourself with its collections, the timeline, the themes of the collections, or the artists, and decide what part of the gallery you will visit. It is impossible to see the entire collection during one visit. For historic paintings and Greek history, you will visit the first floor.
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But if you want to learn more about Modern Greek art, visit the 3rd floor.
The museum participates in a number of educational activities and (international) programs. Art-related apps, interesting links, and games for kids can be found on the website.
Children’s Workshops are being organized in the museum’s premises in order to familiarize children with Modern Greek Art. The Children’s Workshop runs every Saturday from 11.00-14.00 and is free of charge. The workshop is designed for preschool and primary school children. Through games, free choices, and teamwork, kids become familiar with colors and drawing, and they paint and create structures with various materials.
Opening Hours and Visitor information
Opening hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10.00 – 18.00. Admission until 17.00 Wednesday: 10.00 – 21.00. Admission until 20.00 Tuesday: closed
General admission: 10€
Reduced entry ticket: 5€ Students, Citizens over 65
Free admission for children under 12 years old
From 1st November until end of March, on the first Sunday of the month, all museums in Athens are free
Featured photos credits: Εθνική Πινακοθήκη – Μουσείο Αλεξάνδρου Σούτσου / National Gallery