The Institute

The Danish Institute at Athens is a non-profit, independent institution operating under the Danish Ministry of Education. The National Museum of Denmark, the University of Southern Denmark, the University of Aarhus, the University of Copenhagen, and the Danish Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Children and Education, contribute to the financing.

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The Institute aims to promote research, education and culture in Greek and Mediterranean archaeology, history, language, literature, visual arts, architecture and cultural traditions.

The Institute is recognised by the Greek Ministry of Culture as an archaeological school, allowing it to apply for permits on behalf of Danish archaeologists wishing to undertake field projects in Greece.

The Danish Institute was founded on 2 April 1992 and is centrally located in Plaka on the eastern slope of the Acropolis, in a beautiful neoclassical building dating from the beginning of the 20th century. The building was inaugurated on the anniversaries of the Institute’s foundation and the birth of Hans Christian Andersen, on 2 April 1993, and was a gift from the Carlsberg Foundation.

Two years later the Institute expanded, with the acquisition of the neighbouring building at Herefondos 12, also donated by the Carlsberg Foundation. This property was renovated as a guesthouse with two double rooms and a suite. October 2000 saw the inauguration of a new building, connected to the two older properties, and housing an auditorium and offices. The building was a gift from the Velux Foundation. The Institute also has an appartment with four small guest rooms. The appartment is a ten-minute walk from the Institute, south of the Acropolis and close to the Nordic Library and the other Nordic Institutes.

Nordic Library was inaugurated in 1995. The Nordic Library is a research library, focusing in particular on archaeology and the study of ancient culture. The library is operated jointly by the Nordic country institutes in Athens – those of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The Board of the Danish Institute at Athens consists of nine members. Applications to stay at the Institute are decided by the Board on the recommendation of the Director. For more information on accommodation (in Danish only), click here

The daily management and administration of the Institute is handled by the Director, who is assisted by the Assistant Director.

The Institute organises a programme of open cultural events, including lectures in an international language, concerts and exhibitions. Each programme lasts for six months, with one commencing in the spring and autumn of every year.

The Institute is closely connected to Danish educational Institutions. It hosts conferences, symposia, courses for PhD students, and other courses. It receives visits from excursion groups and arranges for their access to museums and archaeological sites.

Opening hours

The Institute is open Monday – Thursday 09:00-13:00 (07:00-11:00 GMT).

The Institute remains closed on the following Greek holidays:
1 January, Greek Shrove Monday, 25 March (Greek National Day), Greek Easter (Holy Thursday through Easter Monday), 1 May, Greek Pentecost, 1-31 August (summer closing), 28 October (Ohi Day), 24-26 December and 31 December.

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Contact

The Danish Institute at Athens
Herefondos 14
Platia Aghias Aikaterinis, Plaka
GR-105 58 Athens
Greece

Phone: (0030) 210 32 44 644
Fax: (0030) 210 32 47 230
General e-mail: info@diathens.gr

Open: Monday to Thursday 09:00-13:00
(07:00-11:00 GMT)