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Greece Announces Extended Opening Hours for Sites, Museums

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The odeon of ancient Messene in Greece. Credit: Herbert Ortner – CC BY 2.5 / Wikimedia Commons

The new summertime schedule of operation for archaeological sites and museums in Greece will kick in later in April this year,  due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Culture announced on Friday.

Outdoor archaeological sites will run under the new summertime schedule from April 24 to October 31, while museums, monuments, sites, and caves will go on summertime schedule hours from May 4 to October 31.

Overall, there will be two different schedules for visitors, depending on the site/museum: 8:00-20:00 and 8:30-15:00.

Unfortunately, no individual schedules have been provided yet.

Usually, more popular sites/museums apply an extended schedule, but visitors should check online before visiting.

New sites and museums to open in Greece

The Greek authorities also provided new sites or museums as of this summer season that will open to visitors:

– The Democracy Museum on Agios Efstratios (or Ai-Stratis), the island of the Northeastern Aegean that served as home for political exiles in 1930-1943 and 1948-1963.

– The Loverdos-Ziller Museum on Mavromichali Street in Athens.

– The archaeological site of the ancient theater of Aegae (Vergina), Macedonia.

In addition, more archaeological sites and museums will run on the expanded schedule (8:00-20:00) during this summer, like the Museum of Ancient Eleutherna in Rethymno, Crete and the Castle of Parga in Epirus.

The sites and museums applying the expanded summer schedule to October 31 will adjust their hours as of September 1, as days start becoming shorter. In this case, they will be adjusted as follows:

– September 1-15: 8:00-19:30

– September 16-30: 8:00-19:00

– October 1-15: 8:00-18:30

– October 16-31: 8:00-18:00

The ministry reminds visitors that wearing masks is obligatory in all archaeological spaces throughout the duration of the visit, while the latest entry is 20′ (twenty minutes) before the shutdown.

In addition, national holidays will affect scheduling as follows:

– Orthodox Good Friday (April 30): Open 12:00-17:00

– May Day and Greek Orthodox Easter (May 1-2): All sites and museums will be shut.


With information from AMNA

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