Visiting Athens makes the imagination come alive. The city of Athena is full of stories of Greek Gods and ancient mythology, and there’s no better place to explore this than on this tour of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens for kids. During this 3-hour visit designed for children, we’ll explore Greece through the lens of the gods and heroes of Greek Mythology and encounter the most important statues, pottery and other artifacts uncovered on the Acropolis.
Athens for Kids
We’ll begin our conversation just outside the Archaeological Museum, and together we’ll plunge into one of the most exciting museums in Europe. Using the vast collection of visual stimuli available, together we’ll make Greek mythological stories come to life.
The Greek Gods
We will explore statues of the Greek gods in the sculpture section of the museum, perhaps learning the story of Zeus, the father of the gods, or other deities and myths. We can discuss literary evidence and the connections between Greece and the ancient Middle East. Our discussion will be very question-based and interactive: What do you know about the Greek gods? What do you see in this statue? What does this hero seem to be thinking?
From there, we’ll dig deeper and investigate statues of other gods (Dionysus, Hermes, Poseidon, etc.) and talk about their mythological lives. Among them we will see the famous statue of the frivolous god Pan making advances to Aphrodite, while she is threatening him with her sandal and is defended by her son Eros. Perhaps we’ll talk about Demeter, her daughter Persephone, the Eleusinian mysteries, and Greek concepts of the Underworld.
After the gods we will talk about heroes, including Heracles and Theseus. We can discuss such stories as Theseus’ expedition to Crete to kill the Minotaur, and his success thanks to the help of Ariadne. If the group prefers, we can move to the Mycenaean section of the museum and see the famous ‘mask of Agamemnon’ and other exhibits from the Mycenaean period. At this point we will talk about the Greek expedition to Troy led by Agamemnon, the battle's aftermath, and the return of the heroes to mainland Greece, as well as the fate of the leader himself.
By the end of our time together we’ll have a very rich understanding of how Greek statuary, pottery, and other artifacts reflect the living culture of the ancient Greeks.
Please note that tickets to the Acropolis and other key sites in Athens are not included in the walk price, and need to be purchased on the day. There are various ticket combinations which visitors should note before deciding which to buy (based on their planned itinerary):
Acropolis Museum: EUR 5
Acropolis and Theater of Dionysos ONLY: EUR 20
Ancient Agora ONLY: EUR 8
National Archaeology Museum: EUR 10