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Free admission to archaeological sites, historical sites, monuments and museums owned by the State

1. Admission to archaeological sites, historical sites, monuments and museums owned by the State and managed by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports is free of charge for all visitors (without fee payment), on the following dates:

  • 6March  (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
  • 18April  (International Monuments Day)
  • 18May  (International Museums Day)
  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
  • 28October  (National Holiday), and
  • every first Sunday of each month from November 1st until March 31st

2. The following categories of visitors are entitled to free admission:

a. Children and young people up to the age of 25, from EU member-states, upon presentation of their ID card or passport for verification of their age and country of origin.

b. Children up to the age of 5, from non-European Union countries, upon presentation of their passport for verification of their age and country of origin.

c. Persons over 25 years, being in secondary education (evening schools, second-chance schools) and in vocational schools from EU member-states and countries of the European Economic Area, upon presentation of attendance certificate bearing evidence of its duration.

d. Escorting teachers during educational visits of schools and institutions of primary, secondary and tertiary education from EU member-states and countries of the European Economic Area.

e. People entitled to Social Solidarity Income and members dependent on them, upon presentation of their ID card and certificate of free entry based on eligibility to the programme showing the duration, as well as a valid document certifying dependent members.

f. Greek unemployed citizens upon presentation of their ID card and valid unemployment card or recent renewal of it.

g. Persons with disabilities and one escort (only in the case of 67% disability), irrespective of the country of origin, upon presentation of their ID card or passport and Disability Certificate issued by the Single Body of Social Insurance (decision of the Disability Certification Center-KEPA) for Greek citizens or similar certificates issued by a corresponding authorised foreign body.​

h. Greek parents of families with many children, the children being up to the age of 25 and irrespective of age if they have disabilities, upon presentation of their ID card and a valid certificate of a large family status by the Greek Supreme Confederation of large family parents and the Disability Certificate (issued by the Disability Certification Center).

i. Greek parents of families with three children, the children being up to the age of 25 and irrespective of age if they have disabilities, upon presentation of their ID card and a valid family status certificate issued by the Municipality and the Disability Certificate (issued by the Disability Certification Center).

j. Greek single parent families with children up to the age of 25 and irrespective of age if they have disabilities, upon presentation of their ID card and a valid family status certificate issued by the Municipality and the Disability Certificate (issued by the Disability Certification Center).

k. Refugees, upon presentation of the International protection applicant card or a Travelling document of the 28th July 1951 Convention (a passport of recognized refugee) or a Foreign travelling document (a passport of recognised holder of subsidiary protection) or residence permit.

l. Greek citizens performing their military service, with valid military service identification card.

m. Greek -Olympic Winners upon presentation of their ID card and membership card of the Hellenic Olympic Winners Association.

n. Official guests of the Greek State, after request of the competent Ministry (Directorate/Office for Protocol) and approval by the General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage.

o. Members of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), upon presentation of their ID card or passport and their valid membership card.

p. Members of Societies and Associations of Friends of State Museums and Archaeological Sites, managed by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, upon presentation of their valid membership card.

q. Active employees of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Archaeological Resources Fund, the Acropolis Museum and the Kanellopoulos Museum, upon presentation of their service ID card.

r. Scientists licensed for purposes of photographing, studying, designing or publishing antiquities, upon presentation of the relevant license.

s. Members of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece, upon presentation of their valid membership card.

t.Greek tourist guides, upon presentation of their professional ID card and the students of the Tourist Guide Schools of the Ministry of Tourism, upon presentation of their student ID card.

u. Journalists, upon presentation of a valid journalist ID card.

v. Holders of a three-year Free Entry Pass.

w. Members of the Association of Greek Art Historians, upon presentation of their valid membership card.

3. The following categories of visitors are entitled to obtain a three-year Free Entry Pass-retaining the right of renewal-issued by the competent Services of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports:

a. Active members of the Central Councils and Regional Councils of Monuments of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.

b. Active members of the Board of Directors of the Archaeological Resources Fund, the Acropolis Museum and the Kanellopoulos Museum.

c. Active Directors and members of Foreign Archaeological Schools in Greece.

d. Contract employees of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Archaeological Resources Fund, the Acropolis Museum and the Kanellopoulos Museum. Renewal of the free pass is possible if they continue to be employed by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Archaeological Resources Fund, the Acropolis Museum and the Kanellopoulos Museum.

e. Retired employees of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Archaeological Resources Fund, the Acropolis Museum and the Kanellopoulos Museum.

f. Civil Servants in the Legal Advisor Office of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.

g. Greek active teachers in primary, secondary and tertiary education. In the case of substitute/hourly teachers, renewal of the free pass is possible if they continue to be employed as teachers.

h. Graduates of Departments of History and Archaeology of Schools of Philosophy, as well as graduates from Schools of Architecture, Fine Arts, Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art, including Technicians of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art from Greece or from equivalent Schools of EU member-states and the European Economic Area, as well as holders of Master's or PhD Degrees from those Schools and Departments.

i. Graduates of Museum Studies programmes and Schools and Departments of Cultural Management of Higher Education Institutions in Greece or equivalent Institutions of EU member-states and the European Economic Area, as well as holders of Master's or PhD Degrees in those studies.

j. Students and graduates of the Preparatory and Vocational School of Fine Arts of Panormos Tinos.

k. Police officers of the Department of Cultural Heritage and Antiquities of Security Directorates.

 

Reduced rates of single tickets

1. The following categories of visitors are entitled to 50% reduced admission in single tickets, during the period from 1st of April to 31st of October:

a. Children and young people aged between 6 and 25 years, from non-European Union countries, upon presentation of their passport for verification of their age and country of origin.

b. Senior citizens over 65 from Greece or other EU member-states and the European Economic Area, upon presentation of their ID card or passport for verification of their age and country of origin.

c. Parents accompanying primary education schools visits from EU member-states and the European Economic Area.

d. Escorting teachers of educational visits of schools and institutions of primary, secondary and tertiary education from non-European Union countries.

2. From 1st of November until 31st of March, the reduced rate of single tickets is valid for all visitors.​

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