Greece welcomes visitors from morning ’til evening at 46 of its 117 archaeological sites and museums from April 1-October 31 for the 2015 season. This is an improvement over 33 sites in 2014.
Stats show that 95 percent of 12 million visitors frequent these tourist sites, making them the most popular and most obvious choice for extended hours in spring and summer.
- Dates in effect
- Opening hours
- List of 46 sites and links
*Article last edited on April 1, 2015
Which ones will be open late?
Archaeological sites, monuments and museums in Greece listed below are open late, seven days a week from April 1 to October 31, 2015, unless otherwise indicated and excluding holidays at “Opening hours and free admission days for Greek tourist sites.”
April: Archaeological sites will be open 8:00-19:00 and museums open 8:00-20:00.
May – October: Archaeological sites and museums will be open 8:00-20:00.
Locations are organized by mainland and Greek islands, then by city and alphabetically.
On the Mainland
Acropolis of Athens – Parthenon, Erechtheion, Temple of Athena
Sounion/Temple of Poseidon – Closes at sundown
Temple and Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus (also called Olympieio of Athens)
Theater of Dionysus (also called South Slope of Acropolis)
Corinth (also called Korinth/Korinthos)
Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth
Ancient Theater and Museum of Epidavros
Archaeological Site of Dodona
Archaeological Museum of Marathon
Archaeological Site and Museum of Mycenae (Mykini)
Mystra (near ancient Sparta)
Archaeological Site of Mystra
Palamidi Fortress and Archaeological Site
Archaeological Museum of Nikopoli – From April 14
Archaeological Site of Nikopoli – From April 14
Oracle of the Dead: Persephone and Hades (also called Nekromanteion of Acheron)
Archaeological Site and Museum of Amphipolis
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki – Open 9:00-16:00; will change later in season
White Tower and Museum (Lefko Pyrgo)
Royal Tombs of Vergina (also called Archaeological Site of Aigai)
Aphaia Museum – Open 11:00-16:00
Corfu (also called Kerkyra)
Ancient Fortress of Kerkyra
Archaeological Site of Malia – Open 8:00-17:00
Diktaio Andron (also called Spylaio Psyxhrou or Zeus Cave) in Lassithi
Archaeological Site and Museum of Delos – Extended hours daily, except Thursday and Saturday 8:00-15:00
Archaeological Museum of Kos
Catacombs of Milos
Rhodes (also called Rodos)
Acropolis of Ialyssos
Archaeological Site of Heraion – Open 9:00-16:00; will change later in season
Santorini (also called Thira)
*This list will be updated, if/when the ministry decides to include additional locations.
Ministry of Culture and Sport Press Release (in Greek)
“Fifteen locations celebrate inaugural day with music and dance” — Naftemporiki
“Εναρξη για το διευρυμένο ωράριο σε Μουσεία και Αρχαιολογικούς χώρους” — To Vima (published after my article)
“Ministry extends opening of sites, museums in spring and autumn” — Kathimerini (in English, but incomplete info)
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