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Athens Archaeological Museum Tour for Kids

Discover the stories behind Ancient Greek treasures with a family guide
From US$471 privately
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Tour Details
Duration
2.5 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
  • National Archaeological Museum of Athens
  • Mask of Agamemnon
  • Poseidon of Cape Artemision
  • Collection of Kouros and Kore
  • Jockey of Artemision
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  • Visits the National Archaeological Museum
  • Led by expert guides who will bring history alive for your children
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Tour Description
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 2.5-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 Athens 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.


Note, you may also want to visit the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion.

Ancient Heroes

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:
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 that visitors should note before deciding which to buy (based on their planned itinerary):

  • Acropolis Museum
  • Acropolis and Theater of Dionysos ONLY
  • Ancient Agora, Keramikos, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Library: - Recommended for those also taking our Ancient Agora of Athens tour.
  • Ancient Agora ONLY
  • National Archaeology Museum


Kids may want to read our post on Greek Mythology.


FAQ

What is the Athens Archaeological Site ticket and how does it work?
The Athens Archaeological Site tickets are valid for admission to Acropolis of Athens, South Slope of Acropolis, Ancient Agora of Athens Museum, Ancient Agora of Athens- Areios Pagos, Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos, Hadrian's Library, Kerameikos, Lykeion Archaeological Site, North slope of the Acropolis, Olympieio, Roman Agora of Athens, and can be used for 5 days after the first entrance. It doesn't include the Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.

Is this walk appropriate for teens?
Our family tours are primarily designed for children under the age of 12, and this one in particular is ideal for young kids. For teens we would recommend our private adult Bronze, Marble and Gold: Paragons of Ancient Greece tour, the content for which can be adapted to an age-appropriate level.

Is this tour suitable for visitors with mobility issues?
Yes. The museum is wheelchair accessible and it has wheelchairs available to loan.
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Effie was great! She knew how to tailor the tour right for our two girls and they loved it.
We had a superb experience on this tour, Dionysios was a fantastic guide who pitched the tour perfectly for our 3 children, and tailored it to their interests with various activities, answering every question enthusiastically. He brought this period of history to life for all of us, we learnt so much. Thank you.
This was a great tour. Anastasia really brought the museum to life. We all learned so much about Greek art and civilization.