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“Note a surprise in store” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments

Museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments
Odos Dioyenous 1-3, Athens 999-20, Greece
01-325-0198
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Ranked #47 of 193 attractions in Athens
Type: Specialty Museums
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Palmerston North
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79 reviews 79 reviews
57 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Note a surprise in store”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

If you have listened to Greek music and wanted a little more information and the sound of individual instruments then make sure you visit. It was tucked away on the edge of the Roman Agora at the upper end and our major problem was locating it. Once there it was enchanting. The visit was free but was worthy of an entrance fee, if only to help upgrade the audio equipment which has seen better days. Who ever is running the museum is doing their best to provide a great experience under trying financial times. The staff we met were typical of Athenians in general, passionate and friendly.
While obviously not a site that people flocked to it provided one of the most pleasant breaks in Athens. Well worth committing an hour for a visit.

Visited July 2013
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Abingdon, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“A beautiful, interesting collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

The thing that really sets this museum apart is the headphone stations where you can listen to the instruments. The accompanying photos help put them in context, which I feel is very important. I could imagine kids really enjoying this museum - and adults too, of course - ask for a programme of their regular musical performances before you leave.

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Excellent museum, and free!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

As a world music enthusiast I was almost bound to give this a good rating but really it is fantastic. Over three floors are instruments, videos and audio samples. If you want to take some time to really listen there are chairs to sit in on each floor.

Visited June 2013
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Athens
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6 attraction reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“A place made with love”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

It's not a posh museum, nor a very rich one. It's small and cosy, and conceived in the old way museums were - don't expect fancy lighting or interactive stuff - but has things that you cannot see anywhere else. It is obvious that it was made by people who really love traditional instruments, and know their stuff. It hosts lessons in various instruments like frame drums and toumbeleki, santoor and clarinet, as well as the rare Epirus polyphonic singing. It has a lovely green garden where very extremely interesting concerts are hosted, and a small shop with CDs, books and instruments.
I spent three years there learning toumbeleki and I got to really love the atmosphere of this place and the people involved in it, their passion and their uphill struggle to preserve vanishing cultural traditions.

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Athens, Greece
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“interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013


Lyres, Flute, Tabor, Gaides, Bells, Lauta, bouzoukia, Souravlia, Clarinets, Lalitsa, Toumperlekia, Cretan lyres; only the popular instruments, nice collection. but i didnt see the ancient greek di-aulos, or an harp...could be more rich...



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