When planning your vacation in Athens , it’s important to allow a certain budget for visiting the sights and museums. In general, it doesn’t cost that much to visit museums but when you add the cost, you might be a little overwhelmed with the outcome. With the current economy in the world, more and more travelers look for free things to do while still enjoying culture and interesting sights.
1. Changing of the Guards in front of the Parliament
The ceremony takes place every day but every Sunday at 11 a.m. you can watch a larger number of Evzones performing the changing of the guard in the Syntagma Square. The Evzones dress in the traditional uniform worn by the mountain fighters in the War of Independence.
As the ceremony begins, the incoming soldiers march on Vasillis Sophias street from their barracks located at the edge of the National Gardens. The soldiers arrive in the square and wait to take the place of their fellow soldiers who start a routine of stomping and swinging their limbs. Then, the tired soldiers proceed to the barracks while the fresh ones take the guard duty. The entire ceremony takes 15 minutes and it’s free to watch.
2. Museum of Popular Musical Instruments
Address: 1-3, Diogenous Str., Plaka
Opening hours: Mon- closed; Tue, Thu-Sun: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Wed: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Located in the Plaka neighborhood, close to the Roman Agora, this is a fun museum to visit. The permanent exhibition is spread over 3 floors and contains four sections. There are about1200 Greek popular musical instruments on display, dating from the 18th century until the present day.
3. Railway Museum
Address: 4 Siokou Street
Opening hours : Mon –closed; Tue -Fri: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat-Sun: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Inaugurated in 1979, the museum features interesting examples of the technological developments related to the means of transport in Greece. Among the displayed items we can see a steam locomotive from 1884, Athenian tramways from the past decades, steam locomotive from France, tickets, photos and other items.
4. War Museum
Address: 2, Rizari Street & Vasilissis Sofias Avenue
Opening hours: Tue –Sat 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The museum was inaugurated in 1975 and comprises exhibitions of war mementos and struggles of freedom of the Greek nation from ancient times until present days. The permanent exhibition comprises 9 rooms depicting Greece’s history from Ancient times until the German invasion (1940s). You can see anything from very old weapons to new helicopters and airplanes.
5. The Hellenic Children’s Museum
Address: 14, Kidathineon Street
Opening hours: Mon- closed; Tue – Fri: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Sat & Sun: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
If you decided to take your kids for vacation in Athens, this is the best place to take them to. Here, children can observe, investigate, play, experiment and create. There are exhibits and educational programs created for the children to keep them entertained while learning new things. There are also programs for the adults.
6. Municipal Gallery of Athens
Address: 51 Piraeos Street
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat- closed. ; Sun 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Almost all Greek artists are represented with some of their most important works. The collection of engravings is one of the most interesting items on display in the museum. A large number of paintings and drawings are also on exhibit. In total, the gallery comprises 2,355 works of art.
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