October at the SNFCC
23 September 2016

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation will hand over the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center to the Greek State in early 2017. During the transition phase, the Foundation continues its mission to introduce the project to the public through a daily and dynamic program of free public events that, offers visitors an opportunity to experience SNFCC’s programmatic potential, and its place as an urban destination for everyone.

All the events are made possible through the exclusive support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, which is presently in charge of the project, until the completion of the delivery process to the Greek State. Through these programs that, combine athletic, educational and artistic activities, the Foundation seeks to engage the public in an open dialogue about the SNFCC and to build substantive relationships that will continue during its official operation by the Greek State, the rightful owner of the project.

The read the October program of events, click here.  

Free admission to all events.

In the interest of optimum participation, places will be available on a  first-come-first-served basis.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) aspires to become a high standard, urban, multifunctional complex for education, arts and entertainment. Designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RBWP), the project consists of the construction and complete outfitting of the new facilities of the National Library of Greece (NLG) and the Greek National Opera (GNO), as well as the creation of the 210,000m2 Stavros Niarchos Park. The SNFCC is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s largest single donation of a total €617 million, and it will be delivered to the Greek State, which will assume its operation and management.


Plan your visit

| Summer opening hours of the SNFCC, which will be effective until 31st October, will be from 06.00 a.m. to midnight. Winter opening hours will be from 06.00 a.m. to 08.00 p.m.

| The Visitors Center opening hours are 09.00am to 10.00pm, Monday-Sunday.

| For the immediate convenience of visitors, canteens will operate temporarily in the outdoors areas of the SNFCC. At a later time, a restaurant and café will operate on a permanent basis.

| Free WiFi is available in all areas of the SNFCC. The network name is SNFCC-FREE-WIFI.

| Pets can enter the premises only accompanied by their owner, who must keep them under their supervision at all times during their stay within the premises and clean up after them. Pets are not allowed at the Great Lawn, the Labyrinth and the children’s playgrounds.

| All playgrounds will start operating after the necessary permits have been secured. The necessary actions are already underway. Meanwhile, visitors will have direct access from the SNFCC to the playground of the Sports and Recreation Park of the Municipality of Kallithea, which is adjacent to the SNFCC. The Municipal Park was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, architect of the SNFCC, and was completed with an exclusive grant by the SNF.

| The SNFCC aims to become one of the most significant cultural, educational and environmental hubs in Greece. It also aims to become the first LEED Platinum-certified public building in the country, and one of the first, for buildings of this complexity, in Europe and in the world. In addition, the Stavros Niarchos Park is one of the largest green spaces in Athens, doubling the green indicator per capita in the neighboring areas.

| Based on the relevant Directive regarding the LEED Certification, smoking is prohibited in all indoors areas of the SNFCC, as well as within a distance of 7.5 m from all entrances. In all other open spaces of the SNFCC, smoking is not prohibited. However, respect for the environment and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle remain key values on which the SNFCC was conceived. In this context, we encourage visitors to enjoy the Park without smoking during their stay. If visitors wish to smoke, we kindly ask that they respect the space and use the floor ashtrays that have been placed in the area.

For directions to the SNFCC, click here.

The SNFCC premises, including the parking area, are accessible to wheelchair users and people with kinetic disabilities. For more information please click here.


Guided tours at the new premises of the National Library of Greece (NLG) and the Greek National Opera (GNO), as well as the Stavros Niarchos Park are organized on a daily basis. In interest of optimum participation, online registration is required at www.snfcc.org/events. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to each tour.

Group Tours

Guided tours for groups are offered for educational institutions, cultural organizations, NGOs and other institutions of special interest. Tours are arranged upon request every Tuesday 13.00-14.30 and 15.00-16.30, and every Sunday 13.00-14.30 and 15.00-16.30. For appointments and reservations please call 216-8091001-2-3 or email us at visitorscenter@snfcc.org daily from 9.00  to 22.00. For groups of 12 to 25 people.

Digital Services and Technology Courses

| The SNFCC features public access computers that offer free access to the Internet and to catalogs of more than 5,000 digital magazines and newspapers to keep you informed, entertained and inspired every day. The computers are located at the ground floor of the National Library of Greece, and the collection includes content of 100 countries and 60 different languages.  

| The SNFCC offers digital literacy programs serving everyone from toddlers to teens to seniors. The program will be announced online here. All classes are free and offered on first-come first-served basis.

School Visits

The SNFCC welcomes students through specially designed educational programs for primary and secondary education. The programs are organized Monday – Friday, 09.00-11.00 and 11.30-13.30. Educators may book a place at +30 216 8091005 or through schools@snfcc.org. For groups up to 25 students.