The Unseen Museum is the successful project of the National Archaeological Museum that presents select antiquities from the world of the storerooms. Following the 15 marvelous artifacts that have been displayed to date, the Unseen Museum welcomes Hadrian and Antinous to a meeting after 19 centuries.

It is an exhibition of the inscribed base of a monument in honour of the emperor Hadrian and an outstanding portrait of Antinous, his attendant and favourite. The works are being displayed for the first time in the heart of the Museum, 19 centuries after the emperor’s visit to Athens.

The Builder, Saviour and Olympian Hadrian and the young Antinous surfaced on Monday November 13 in the “Hall of the Altar” (hall 34), to remain there until Sunday, March 4, 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 November 28, 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: [email protected],