Once the home of important modern Greek painter Niko Ghika, the Ghika Gallery (Pinakothiki Ghika) centers on his work. (English writers generally spell his full name Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika or Nikos Chatzikyriakos-Gikas.) Besides Ghika’s art and possessions, it celebrates the Greek artistic and literary culture of the mid-20th century.The Basics
Most people visit the Ghika Gallery independently, and tickets are priced at the higher end for Greek galleries. Prebook them online, buy them on arrival, or gain access with some Athens city passes. Tickets include an audio tour by QR code in your choice of six languages, supported by free Wi-Fi. The Ghika Gallery hosts regular exhibitions, which require a separate ticket. Enjoy a discount when you visit both the exhibition and the permanent collection.
The gallery is part of the Benaki Museum group, which operates cultural sites including the Museum of Greek Culture and the Museum of Islamic Art. Culture lovers can save with combo tickets valid for a single visit to each museum in the group. Things to Know Before You Go
- The Ghika Gallery will be of interest to art lovers and fans of Greek culture.
- The museum shop, which includes pieces by contemporary Greek artists and designers, is well worth a visit for souvenir shoppers.
- The Ghika Gallery is not wheelchair-accessible.
How to Get There
The Ghika Gallery is located on Kriezotou Street in the Kolonaki district of central Athens, about a 1-mile (1.5-kilometer) walk northeast of the Acropolis and a stone’s throw north of Syntagma Square. Catch the metro to Syntagma (lines 2 and 3) and walk a couple of minutes from there.
When to Get There
The Ghika Gallery is open on Fridays and Saturdays only, from morning until early evening, with the exception of the main Greek public and religious holidays. The museum shop operates six days a week, from Monday to Saturday, with reduced hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.
Who Was Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika?
Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika (also written Nikos Chatzikyriakos-Gikas) was one of the most important painters of 20th-century Greece. His works appear in the London Tate, New York Museum of Modern Art, and beyond. A writer and critic as well as an artist, he helped found a number of Greek artistic institutions and enjoyed friendships with other significant cultural figures such as British writer Patrick Leigh-Fermor.