Archaeological sites, Monuments and Museums

Greece used to be called 'the birthplace of Western civilization' and there’s no better advice for international students than to visit its archaeological sites, museums and monuments. About 2500 years ago, the Greeks created an admirable civilization. Even more, they tried out democracy, started the Olympic Games and left new ideas in science, art and philosophy. Thus, there’s enough to explore to keep international students and visitors busy for a long time and make them come back again and again as tourists after they graduate.

Archaeological sites and museums in Greece typically follow winter hours from November 1 to March 31, and summer hours from April 1 to October 31.

Here are some of the most important monuments, archaeological sites and museums spread all over Greece:

Athens

Thessaloniki

 

Other places in Greece

Free Admission Days

Free admission or ‘open door’ days occur on the dates below, some Sundays and national holidays.

March 6: Melina Merkouri, actress and former culture minister. Date of her passing.

April 18: International Monuments Day

May 18: International Museums Day

May 19: European Night of Museums. Date changes annually, usually a mid-May Saturday evening (selected locations only).

June 5:  World Environment Day

September: European Heritage Days, last weekend in September.

September 27: International Tourism Day

Sundays: All Sundays from November 1 to March 31; and first Sunday of every month except July, August and September.

* If the first Sunday during this period is a national holiday (already free) or legal holiday (closed), then admission is free on the second Sunday of the month.

National holidays

Anyone can find more information at the website of the Ministry of Culture and Sports