BYZANTINE & CHRISTIAN MUSEUM OF ATHENS
The history of the BCM begins before the statute that brought it into being in 1914, and is closely linked to the history of the Christian Archaeological Society (ChAE), which was founded in 1884.museums” which would serve as a “model Museum throughout the East”. Sotiriou organized the collections amassed by the Supervisory Committee in the preceding years and exhibited them to the public for the first time in 1924. It was though in 1930, the Museum moved into the premises that have remained its home to this day: the Villa Ilissia, a complex close to the banks of the Ilissos built by Stamatios Kleanthes for Sophie de Marbois-Lebrun, Duchess of Plaisance, in 1848.
The Museum was shut during the World War II and reopened to the public in 1946, when a new exhibition space was built.
The most significant change since began in the late 1980s when work commenced on extending the Museum with a view to re-exhibiting its collections. The re-exhibition of the Museum’s Early Christian and Byzantine collections was completed in 2004, and its post-Byzantine collections were completed in 2010.
As a result, the Byzantine and Christian Museum of the 21st century is arranged around an entirely updated concept which chimes completely with the dictates of contemporary Museology.
Address: 22 Vas. Sofias Ave., 106 75 Athens
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 09:00-16:00 / Monday: closed
For security reasons, the last visitors may enter 15 min before the Museum closes.
Temporary exhibitions may have different opening hours.
Closed: 1st January, 25th March, Good Friday (open: 12.00-17.00), Easter, 1st May, 25th-26th December
Tickets: General admission: 8€ / Discount: 4€ / Free admission: under 18 years old
Calling center: (+30) 213 213 9500
Communication Office 🙁 +30) 213 213 9572