Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Greece  /  Attica  /  Piraeus Region  /  Piraeus  /  Hellenic Maritime Museum

Hellenic Maritime Museum, Piraeus

#15 of 33 in Things to do in Piraeus
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
The first attempt to establish the Hellenic Maritime Museum was in the newly established Greek state in 1867. That year the master of the Navy Gerasimos Zochios, founder of the Navy Retirement Fund, suggested that the Fund takes the task of collecting and conserving objects related to the Greek maritime history. For reasons relating to serious historical adventures of the time the idea was not positively received at the time. However, the idea was to be implemented as a private initiative, 82 years later. On April 7, 1949 a group of distinguished citizens of Piraeus together with officers of the Navy and Merchant Marine, sharing a love for the sea and ships, gathered in the office of the then Minister Gerasimos Vassiliadis and signed the memorandum of association under the name "Maritime Museum Society and collection of national relics at sea." It was the birth of the Maritime Museum and the first presidency was took by the shipowner George Stringos.

The museum is located at Freatida, near Zea Harbour, in Piraeus and in its halls are exhibited more than 2,500 objects sorted chronologically and thematically, evoking the maritime history and tradition from prehistoric times to the present day. Its Naval Library is also open to the public during the days and hours of operation and consists of more than 17,000 volumes of books and magazines focusing on the naval history, science and art. In its exterior space sculptures and important outdoor exhibits are located such as the conning tower of the historic submarine "Papanikolis' and anchors of the ships of the time of the Battle of Navarino.

The museum exhibits approximately 2500 items related to the maritime history of Greece from prehistoric times to the present day and include many ship models and a number of paintings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

A member of:

ICOM (International Council οf Museums)

ICMM (International Congress of Maritime Museums

AMMM (Association of Mediterranean Maritime Museums

The museum admits visitors from Tuesday to Saturday at 09:00-14:00. It is closed on Sunday, on Monday and on public holidays. Photography in the museum is prohibited.
Plan to visit Hellenic Maritime Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Piraeus attractions using our Piraeus itinerary builder.
Create an itinerary including Hellenic Maritime Museum
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Hellenic Maritime Museum reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.0
83 reviews
  • We were particularly taken with the marvellous details on Triremes, which were of the utmost importance in securing the Athenian empire in antiquity. An account of their conception, scale and naval...  more »
  • If you are interested in maritime history the Hellenic Maritime Museum in Piraeus is a must if you are in the neighbourhood. Lots and lots of interesting information and very well-made scale models...  more »
  • Great place where you can get access to many cafeterias and restaurants meanwhile having a perfect view of the museum. Personally one of my favourite spots in Marine Zea.
  • If you are a tourist and visiting this place for the first time this place looks just a simple park and it's not recognizable as a museum. Also it should have been much bigger with more attractions and material. Greece was born in the seas...!
  • Build a trip
    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it
    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package
    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!
    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance