Greek Museums and Sites to Stay Open Later in 2017

Byzantine & Christian Museum

A frequent complaint that tourists to Greece have had in the past, viz, the early closing hours of many of its sites and museums, has been effectively addressed by the Greek Culture Ministry. In broad strokes, these sites and museum will be open a full 12 hours a day rather than closing, as many had in the past, in mid-afternoon.

Greek Travel Pages reports that "the archaeological sites of the Acropolis in Athens, the Akrotiri of Thera on Santorini, the Minoan Palace of Zakros on Crete, the Archaeological Site of Pella and the Archaeological Museum of Chania on Crete are already open from 8 am until 8 pm. The Archaeological Site of Sounio is open from 8am until sundown and the Archaeological Site of Knossos is open from 8am until 7 pm.

As of April 5, museums and sites including the National Archaeological Museum, the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, the archaeological site and museum of the Royal Tombs at Aigai (Vergina) and Spinalonga will operate from 8 am until 8 pm.

All archaeological sites, monuments and museums will be closed on Easter Sunday (April 16), May 1 and other official public holidays. On Holy Friday (April 14) sites and museums will run from 12 am to 5 pm and on Holy Saturday from 8 am to 3 pm.

The announcement came after Culture Minister Lydia Koniordou recently informed that 1,314 employees would be hired in order to extend visiting hours at major sites across the country.

For a complete list of sites and museums, and their hours, click here (it's an Excel document that starts at the end, so you have to scroll up instead of down).