Hellenic Children’s Museum
The Hellenic Children’s Museum is located in a neoclassical building in Plaka in an atmosphere unlike other museums. It has a variety of exhibits that aim to help every child understand the world in which he or she lives, in his or her own way.
The philosophy of the Hellenic Children’s Museum is based on the phrase “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand”. In the Children’s Museum, children can broaden their knowledge and experiences in many different areas.
The exhibit Hello Pythagoras helps children understand the concept of geometry. In the Playground, they play with building materials to create different constructions. At the Marketplace, they are taught about the concept of supply and demand, and in the Kitchen area, they experiment with food ingredients and recipes and have the opportunity to try their hand at cooking.
While the programmes are in Greek, they can also be conducted in English upon special request. The museum organises recreational activities depending on children’s ages as well as seasonal educational programmes. The building also has a yard and a terrace which you can visit when the weather is good.
It is worth visiting the toy store with its innovative games that stir children’s imagination and the materials store that has cheap recycled materials with which children can build creative constructions and get acquainted with the concept of recycling.
In addition, the museum offers seminars for grown ups and has published the book ‘Children and Education at the Museum’.
Families should know
- Children should be accompanied by a grown up
- Food and drink (with the exception of water) may not be consumed on the premises
- The museum does not have a café but you can buy water from a kiosk nearby in the area of Plaka
- The museum is quite small so it’s better to avoid going on Saturdays when it gets quite crowded
- The building is neoclassical and therefore access with buggies is difficult as there is no elevator
- There is no parking
- The museum is closed on bank holidays
- From mid July until September 10th the museum is closed
- The toy store with innovative games and the materials store that sells construction materials
The recreational/educational programmes take place in the afternoons for groups, following a request to the museum, and last 2.5 – 3 hours. The programmes can also be conducted in English and French:
- For children 4-6 years old: The Stones of Peter – children discover hidden treasures and fossils
- For children 4-7 years old: The Alchemist’s House – children experiment with herbal elixirs and potions
- For children 7-12 years old: The Mystery at Plaka – children cooperate to unravel a mystery that is connected to the history of the building and its tenants. There are six suspects, but only one is guilty. The Phantom of the Opera – The building that hosts the museum was once the house of the famous tenant Toti Peroti. Everything was normal until a ghost appeared. Children are asked to solve the mystery and rid the house of the reputation that haunts it
- For children 9-12 years old: Ink Code – a cryptographer is another tenant that lived in the building of the museum. He left behind riddles, codes and enigmas behind him, well hidden for many years. Children try to discover his story and secrets
- Seasonal educational programmes: For example Santa Claus and his Elves during Christmas; Smell and Colours of Spring in May. The programmes are divided according to children’s ages
Tuesday – Friday 10:00 – 14:00
Weekends 10:00 – 15:00
Recreational – Educational Programmes
Weekends for children from 4-6 & 7-12 years old 17:30 – 20:00 or 18:00-20:30.
14 Kidathinaion st., 105 58, Plaka, Athens
Official Website http://www.hcm.gr/ (in Greek)