National Museum of Contemporary Art, EMST

Love this museum. It’s rarely on the typical tourist radar, but unlike many contemporary art museums I’ve visited in the past, this one seems to offer art that I can understand. And it’s all accessible art. I don’t mean wheelchair friendly (though the museum, in its current “temporary” home, is wheelchair accessible), I mean art you can approach, move around, walk through, even touch and sometime eat. I love that the collections pour out into the space surrounding the museum (and, note to the powers that be at EMST: I worry that your new space on Sygrou may lose some of that, where will the outdoor exhibits take place? Where would you be able to plant a People’s Garden on Sygrou Avenue?)
So when you are heading out to explore Athens growing “Museum Campus”, that area behind the Presidents Mansion going toward Hilton, don’t skip visiting the National Musem of Contemporary Art, even if you are only going to walk “by” it. There are usually some exhibits out front and around the museum (which make it a fantastic place to explore on holidays and strike days in Athens!) and I’m pretty certain you’ll leave having had your mind exercised at least just a little bit.
Special items to highlight about EMST: Thursdays are FREE from 5 pm to 8 pm (combine this with a visit to the nearby Benaki, open until midnight on Thursdays and you’ve got an entire night of free museums.) They also offer guided tours at 7 pm on Thursday evenings and Sundays at noon (the museum is not free on Sundays).

Vassileos Georgiou Β 17 -19 & Rigillis Street
Athens, 10675

Telephone: 210 92.42.111 – 3,
Fax: 210 92.45.200

Tuesday to Sunday: 11.00 – 19.00
Thursday: 11.00 – 22.00
Monday: Closed

Regular: 3€
Reduced – student: 1,5€
Exhibitions Media Lounge, Exhibitions of EVERY MONTH: free

Free Admission:
Holders of the cards: ICOM, CIMAM, AICA
ASFA students
Children under 12 years old
people over 65 years old
people with special needs and their attendant
Thursday: Free admission from 17.00 – 22.00

European Youth Card
Ticket for two exhibitions: 3 €
Ticket for one exhibition: 1,5 €

The front entrance is accessible by ramp. Wheelchairs are available free of charge in the coat check on a first-come, first-served basis.
The three main floors are accessible by elevator. A wheelchair-accessible bathroom is located on the mezzanine.

For more information please call 210 9242111-3

Tours take place every Thursday at 19:00, when the admission is free, and every Sunday at 12.00.
Tours are open to individual visitors as well as organized groups such as cultural societies, clubs, workers groups, etc.

If any groups are interested in attending the tour on a different day, they should notify the Museum in advance about the date and the number of participants (The Education Bureau ,Ms Marina Tsekou, tel. 210 9242111,-12, e-mail:

How to get here

By BUS : No 550 (Ethniko Idryma Erevnon stop)
By TROLLEY:No 10 (Ethniko Idryma Erevnon stop)
By METRO: line 3 (EVAGELISMOS station)

From the New Acropolis Museum take the metro and change at Syntagma following the blue line (Evangelismos station)
From the airport follow the blue line (Evangelismos station)

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