Nation’s First Greek Museum Opens in Chicago

November 09, 2011

There’s now a piece of Chicago real estate that offers a window into everything Greek.

The new National Hellenic Museum opened to the public this week.

The 40,000-square-foot museum, located at 333 S. Halsted Street on the corner of Halsted and Van Buren in Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood, is the first solely Greek museum in the country.

Chicago's National Hellenic Museum

The museum, which cost $20 million and two years to complete, tells the story of Greek history, culture and arts from ancient times to today. It includes permanent exhibits, high-profile traveling exhibits, a children’s education center, a research library, an oral history center, a rooftop terrace and a special events hall and gift shop.

Though open for perusing now, the museum won’t celebrate its grand opening until December 10 with the exhibit “Gods, Myths and Mortals,” a child friendly display that will include a 13-foot Trojan horse.

Museum hours:

*Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

*Wednesday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*Closed Monday

Admission: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students; $7 for children ages 3-12. Museum members and children under three are free.

The museum was started by volunteers more than 20 years and has moved several times. This new locale offers four times the space it ever had.

For more information on the First National Hellenic Museum in Chicago and the United States, visit

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