22 Vasilissis Sofias Ave
From Syntagma Sq., walk along Queen Sophias Ave. for about 15 min. The museum is on your right. If you come to the Hilton Hotel, you have gone too far
106 75 Athens, Greece
tel: +30 210 721 1027 / +30 210 723 2178
fax: +30 210 723 1883
Tues-Sun 9am-3pm (Wed until 9pm)
A former ducal mansion is home to the Byzantine and Christian museum which contains one of the most important collections of Byzantine icons in the world. On display are objects representing 1500 years of Byzantine architecture and art including sculptures, icons, textiles, mosaics, wood carvings and wall paintings. Recent renovations and a new museum extension have brought to light more than 1,200 objects that had been kept in storage. Visitors pass through "The Byzantine Empire", "From the ancient world to Byzantium" and "The Byzantine World". The museum is part of the "museum mile" which includes the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Benaki museum and right next door, the War museum exhibiting as one might expect weapons from the antiquity to the Second World War in addition to aircraft, uniforms and model warships. Closest metro stop is Evangelismos.