December at the SNFCC
16 NOVEMBER 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.

To read the December 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

| Winter opening hours of the SNFCC are: Stavros Niarchos Park 06.00-20.00, Agora, Lighthouse, Running Track 06.00-00.00, Visitors Center 09.00-22.00. From December 22nd to January 6th, the Stavros Niarchos Park will be open from 06.00-00.00.

| 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 U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the organization that has developed the leading international certification system for green buildings, has announced that the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) has received a Platinum level LEED certification, the highest possible rating for environmentally conscious and sustainable buildings. LEED certification verifies that a building was designed and constructed following rigorous principles of sustainable construction and environmentally innovative practices that focus, among other metrics, on water and energy efficiency, reduction of CO2 emissions, indoor environmental quality and the rational management of resources. Platinum LEED certification is a unique and challenging distinction to achieve. The SNFCC is the first cultural project of such scale to earn the LEED Platinum Certification in Europe and Greece. 

| 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


Park Tours 

In December guided tours are organized at the Stavros Niarchos Park, offering a unique opportunity to explore the different Park areas, to discover the landscape ecosystems and the Mediterranean and Greek flora. The Park Tours are organized on a daily basis at 13.00-14.30.  In interest of optimum participation, online registration is required at


Group Tours (Educational institutions, cultural organizations, NGOs)

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 daily from 9.00  to 22.00. For groups of 12 to 25 people.


Digital Services and Technology Courses

|The SNFCC provides free use of computers with internet access. Through the platform, visitors using either the pc terminals or mobile computers, will have access to over 5,000 newspapers and magazines in digital form. The list includes content from over 100 different countries, in 60 different languages. The computers are on the ground floor of the National Library of Greece and it is our hope that this service will amount to a platform for the daily updating, entertainment and inspiration, too, of our visitors.

|The SNFCC is offering free computer tutorials to all users wishing to start navigating the digital age. The lessons are addressed to beginners with no previous knowledge on technology. More information about the program you can see on line at 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, 09.00-10.30 and 11.00-12.30. Educators may book a place at +30 216 8091005 or through For groups up to 25 students.