National Museum of Modern Art in Athens Gains Worldwide Attention
For many decades you saw the former Fix brewery off to the left as you headed south on Syngrou Ave. from central Athens to Piraeus, used it as a landmark for those giving directions to the Nea Smyrni or Neos Kosmos neighborhoods. The rectangular, multi-story monolith lay there like a stack of dominoes, its brick and concrete facade horizontally striped with banks of windows. It was the best-known abandoned building in Athens.
But in 2000, a small portion of the old brewery was turned over to the National Museum of Modern Art. More than a decade and a half later, the entire 20,000 square meters of floor space had been transformed and remodeled into a world famous museum of contemporary art.
The EMST (Ethiko Mouseo Synchronis Texnis) still operates on only two levels of the now completely remodeled structure, with plenty of room to grow. From 0 endowed works, the museum now boasts over 1,000 objets d'art, many from well-known Greek artists, proving that the artistic sense which made Greece great so many centuries ago lives on.
The museum has caught the attention of art lovers and the media across the world. Various art museum publications list the EMST as one of the top destinations in the world for those who follow the modern art world. The NY Times lists it as a top 52 destination, and Conde Nast Traveler, as well, cites it as one of the best destinations for 2017.
Located just 750 meters (or two Metro stops) south of the Acropolis Museum, the two museums provide a juxtaposition of modern and ancient art unavailable anywhere else in the world.
In addition to permanent and temporary exhibits, the museum will hose conferences, educational programs for all ages, a library, and a media lounge. There is a coffee shop and a restaurant on the grounds
National Museum of Modern Art (EMST)Address:Kallirrois Avenue & Amvrosiou Frantzi Street, 11743 Athens
How to get there: former Fix factory By Bus or Metro
Schedule:Tuesday to Sunday: 11.00 – 19.00 Thursday: 11.00 – 22.00 Monday: Closed