Friday, November 17, 2017


ATHENS was Hadrian's favorite city, and now the National Archaeological Museum in Athens is putting the spotlight on Hadrian and Antinous in a special exhibition.

Included will be treasures long tucked away in storage, such as the inscribed base of a monument in honour of the Emperor Hadrian (below) and an outstanding bust of Antinous (above). 

The works are being displayed for the first time in the heart of the Museum, 19 centuries after the emperor's visit to Athens with Antinous at his side.

The exhibition, entitled "The Builder, Saviour and Olympian" opened 13 November 2017 in the “Hall of the Altar” (hall 34). The show runs through 4 March 2018. 

Their display in the Unseen Museum is part of the temporary exhibition of the National Archaeological Museum entitled "Hadrian and Athens. Conversing with an ideal world" that begins on 28 November 2017 and will be on for a year.

From December 2017 to February 2018, the Museum's archaeologists will welcome visitors and take them on a magic walk into the world of Hadrian and Antinous, from Athens to the sanctuary of the Egyptian Gods in Marathon, revealing the spiritual rebirth of Greek culture in the times of the philhellene emperor.


Dates of presentations: December 15 2017, January 12, 26, February 9 and 23 2018, on Friday. December 17 2017, January 14 and 28, February 11 and 25 2018, on Sunday.
Starting time: 13.00

To participate in the presentation it is necessary to purchase a ticket and register upon arrival. The first come first served policy will be observed.

Contact details: National Archaeological Museum, 44 Patision Str, Athens. Tel.: 213214 4817, 213214 4856 / -4858 / -4866 / -4893. Opening hours: Monday 13:00-20:00, Tuesday-Sunday 09:00-16:00. E-mail:,

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