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Children in the Greek Museums

In a growing, worldwide trend aimed at making museums more interesting for children, Athenian museums are beginning to attract the Lilliputian crowd by making exhibits fun and friendly.

National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum is the largest one in Greece and one of the world’s great museums. The museum offers family visitors a copy of the 16-page educational guide entitled “With My Family at the Museum” (only in Greek), which helps 6- to 12-year olds explore displays with activities for the whole family, featuring, inter alia, descriptions of activities such as miming and sketching. The guide – to be reprinted in February – aims at enhancing youngsters’ observation skills and helping them appreciate the museum’s exhibits. 

Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum

The Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum has one of the most exciting programmes for children. Its educational programme is based on the new history syllabus being taught at Greek schools. There are apprenticeships open to high school students who are interested in learning the trade while rubbing shoulders with professional jewellers in the museum’s workshop. Furthermore, theatre games for youngsters aged 8-12 with role-playing and storytelling are organised every Sunday. 

Museum of Cycladic Art

The Museum of Cycladic Art offers a programme called “Every Saturday at the Museum of Cycladic Art We Have Fun.” Children may spend a whole day at the museum and feel more like they’re at a play park rather than being at one of the most stunning collections of Cycladic and ancient Greek antiquities. Moreover, theatre games and art cycles that focus on Dali, Picasso, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse and other masters, are available.

Benaki Museum

The Benaki Museum has two children’s weekend cycles, from Setmeber to December, and February to June, respectively. The museum’s educational programmes include a five-pronged focus with workshops on photography, etchings, ceramics, construction and painting.