Hellenic Children’s Museum


  • Address: 14 Kydathineon St, Plaka
  • Tel: 210 3312995
  • Fax: 210 3312995 (internal 119)
  • Website: www.hcm.gr
  • E-mail: info@hcm.gr
  • Entrance fee: Free

Opening hours

  • School groups: Monday to Friday 9:00-14:00
  • General visitors: Tuesday to Friday: 10:00-14:00, Saturday & Sunday 10:00-15:00
  • The Museum's exhibition area is closed on public holidays

The Hellenic Children's Museum, whose creative journey spans some 20 years, aims to encourage every child to discover, comprehend, learn, be happy and shape their self and the world which surrounds them with respect for individuality and emphasis on cooperation.

The Hellenic Children's Museum was established in 1987 by an interdisciplinary scientific team on the initiative of Sophia Rok-Mela, a teacher whose speciality is museum education. It is the country's only multi-thematic, interactive museum specially designed for children.

The Children's Museum is oriented to children up to 12 years of age, parents, educators and anyone else interested in learning.

The Children's Museum's central philosophy is based on the belief that real objects, actual experiences and recreation support and reinforce the learning procedure.

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The exhibits are specially designed to meet the needs and capabilities of children. Three-dimensional structures enable children to use all five senses in discovering elements of the world around them. The themes of exhibits are derived from children's interests, their day-to-day life and the needs of their educators. Through their interaction with exhibits at the Hellenic Children's Museum, children acquire knowledge of their natural, man-made and social environment, while improving their skills and establishing their personality. Examples of exhibit themes at the Children's Museum include "Loft", "The Deep", "Kitchen" and "Shadows".

The museum receives some 50,000 children each year, whereas the various functions it has developed (external activities, seminars, museum items) enable it to come into contact with around 120,000 children and adults in total.

The Children's Museum is a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and the Hands On! Europe Association of Children's Museums.




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