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Archaeological sites & museums in Greece open late from April to October


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.

Post covers:

  • 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

Ancient Agora

Aristotle’s Lyceum

Byzantine and Christian Museum

Kerameikos Site and Museum

National Archaeological Museum of Athens

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

Archaeological Site of Ancient Corinth

Archaeological Site and Museum of Delphi

Archaeological Museum of Dion

Archaeological Site of Dion

Ancient Theater and Museum of Epidavros

Archaeological Site of Dodona

Archaeological Site of Philippi

Archaeological Museum of Marathon

First Greek Cemetery

Archaeological Site and Museum of Mycenae (Mykini)

Mystra (near ancient Sparta)
Archaeological Site of Mystra

Palamidi Fortress and Archaeological Site

Archaeological Museum of Nemea

Archaeological Site and Museum of Ancient Olympia

Archaeological Museum of Patra

Archaeological Site and Museum

Petralona Cave and Anthropological Museum

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)

Museum of Byzantine Culture

Royal Tombs of Vergina (also called Archaeological Site of Aigai)

Sanctuary of Artemis Archaeological Site and Museum


Greek Islands

Archaeological Site of Aphaia

Aphaia Museum – Open 11:00-16:00

Corfu (also called Kerkyra)
Ancient Fortress of Kerkyra

Corfu Museum of Asian Art

Archaeological Museum of Irakleio (also called Heraklion) — All areas open as of May 6, 2014

Archaeological Museum of Hania

Archaeological Site of Gortyna

Archaeological Site of Malia – Open 8:00-17:00

Diktaio Andron (also called Spylaio Psyxhrou  or Zeus Cave) in Lassithi

Knossos Palace and Archaeological Site

Phaistos Palace and Archaeological Site

Spinalonga Island (also called Kalydon) – Brochure

Archaeological Site and Museum of Delos – Extended hours daily, except Thursday and Saturday 8:00-15:00

Archaeological Museum of Kos

Askleipion of Kos

Fortress of Kos

Catacombs of Milos

Rhodes (also called Rodos)
Acropolis of Ialyssos

Acropolis and Archaeological Site of Lindos

Ancient Kameiros

Archaeological Museum of Rhodes

Palace of the Grand Masters of Knights

Archaeological Site of Heraion – Open 9:00-16:00; will change later in season

Santorini (also called Thira)

Archaeological Museum of Syros

Archaeological Museum of Thasos

*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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  antonis wrote @ May 13th, 2014 at 13:59

Combined with existing post on “Should I move to Greece?

  Nicks wrote @ June 7th, 2014 at 18:38

Archeological wonder Indeed!!!!

  Afam wrote @ June 22nd, 2014 at 14:14

Your question was transferred to “Permits for undocumented workers in Greece.”

  Michael wrote @ September 3rd, 2014 at 16:53

Hi/yeia sas

I am an Australian living in Elefsina doing a Masters in Heritage Management at the XXX University.
I am a very enthusiastic lover of Greek history and archaeology (BA in Ancient History at XXX University, Grad Dip in Maritime Archaeology at XXX University). I have XXX years experience in Australian Aboriginal archaeology, mainly in Western Sydney. I am looking for work in the field of archaeology, museum, tourism, etc. in Greece and would love to be considered for a position on your team for any upcoming projects.

My Greek number is XXXXXX.

Best regards, and looking forward to hearing from you,

Kat Reply:

This is a practical information post for travelers in Greece, not a job advertisement. Also, I’m a private citizen running this website in my spare time and do not assist people with finding jobs.

A bit of advice. Disclosing your private details online is inviting trouble, and leaving general info on websites without a specific position/institution target is not the proper way to network or find a job. Good luck.

  Dasha wrote @ April 13th, 2015 at 11:52

I just wanted to say thank you for running and keeping up this website! My boyfriend is doing his PhD and I am doing my Masters here in Greece and your site has helped us so much with beaurocracy and info like this article which makes living here a bit easier!

Kat Reply:

Oh, how nice! Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m glad this site is still helping people after all these years 🙂

  Patricia wrote @ June 5th, 2015 at 11:36

What time close the ancient Olympia???

Thank you very much

Kat Reply:

Answer is in the article above.

  Katherine wrote @ January 22nd, 2016 at 09:16

I have an update for everyone: the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth will be closed until March 1, 2016. There is a simple sign posted on the museum doors. The archaeological site continues to be open to the public daily.

Thanks for all your hard work maintaining this site, Kat. I’ve been a frequent visitor to your website since 2010!

  Amy wrote @ February 13th, 2016 at 13:32

This is all great information! Will really help with going to Greece in April this year! I was wondering whether these sites will continue with their elongated opening hours in 2016 as my boyfriend is a bit of a Delphi fanatic and will want to spend hours and hours going around it. I’m struggling at the moment with knowing when the temple of Athena Pronaia is open as last time I was in Greece in June 2013 it was shut and there is limited information about it online. Any help you could give would be most appreciated!

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