Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology

Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology

Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology in the heart of Athens. In a unique historic Art Nouveau building (Unfortunately there is no access for people with disabilities because the building has been listed and unfortunately no relevant intervention can be made), Pindarou 6 and Akadimias St. in Kolonaki, with a total area of 700 square meters, guests will have the unique opportunity to get to know a relatively unknown aspect of Ancient Greek culture through the exhibition "The Hi-Tech Inventions of Ancient Greece – The origins of our modern technology", which includes approximately 100 selected exhibits, reconstructed inventions, from the robot-servant and the "cinema" of Philon to the automatic theater of Heron, and from the Hydraulic Clock of Ktesibios to the Antikythera Mechanism. At the same time, the same building will permanently house the independent exhibition of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments with 42 fully functional, reassembled reconstructed musical instruments.
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Neighborhood: Kolonaki
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  • pmw44
    Bath, United Kingdom76 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting little museum and a change from ancient ruins!
    We enjoyed our visit to the museum. It was quite small - the whole visit only took around two hours and we read all of the signage etc. The best bit was the demonstration of the Antikythera mechanism - we had seen the fragments on display in the archaeological museum but this helped us to really understand how it worked and how amazing it really was! Quite a lot of hands on displays for children and good videos providing further information about how various inventions worked. It was something interesting and different to do, after a week of visiting a lot of ancient sites and archaeological museums but tied in well with our understanding of ancient Greece. Just as a note - the prices on the website were less than we paid to visit all three of the exhibitions and there is also no longer a cafe on the site (although there is a good one just over the road). The timings didn't work for us but I think it would be worth taking the tour as the guides were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 15, 2023
  • Explore106655
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an experience
    We got recommendation for this museum and it exceeded our expetations! Make sure you take a guided tour and wonderful staff will guide you through and demonstrate most of old greek inventions. It is one of the best things to do with kids in Athens.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 15, 2023
  • 545AaronE
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most extraordinary museums I have ever visited
    This is one of the most extraordinary museums I have visited. Astonishing. We know the ancient Greeks for their philosphy, their art, their architecture, their theater, their poetry, their science, their medicine, their politics, their writing of history. But I had never in the least suspected the extraordinary level of sophistication and attainments of their technology. It is simply beyond belief, and for some reason quite little known, apparently. The founder of the museum has undertaken to reconstruct very many of these utterly remarkable devices; many of them are demonstrated in person by the knowledgeable and engaging staff; there is detailed and informative English text commentary accompanying each exhibit. So much of our current technology, or the bases of our current technology, had already been thought up and practically realized by the ancient Greeks! The section of the museum devoted to ancient Greek musical instruments is also remarkable, and once again demonstrates before our eyes the extent to which our modern musical instruments are largely variations on, or further developments of, these ancient instruments (and in the case of the tambourine, happens to be completely identical!). This museum is quite evidently a labor of love on the part of the founder, who appears to have devoted his lifetime to studying the subject and to rebuilding these devices and instruments on the basis of the ancient sources, and for the guide demonstrating and explaining the exhibits, it is clearly a labor of love as well. Make sure this small and hidden museum is on your must-visit itinerary in Athens!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 23, 2023
  • Hugenot
    410 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous museum - very well curated
    What a marvellous find. Although the museum is aimed primarily at children, I found all the exhibits absolutely fascinating. The explainer staff were on hand to elaborate and I learnt a lot. Museum also has a section on musical instruments and armour. Loved it but then I am a big kid at heart. Only 5 euros entry.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 27, 2023
  • Henning W
    Norway38 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hydraulics and other fun technologies in ancient forms
    I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the ancient technologies, watching a couple in action, and videos of others. Almost everything was somewhat interesting. Many videos were a bit slow, and lacked audio, so the pedagogical parts could have been improved upon. I found this museum more interesting than the Acropolis museum.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 9, 2023
  • Lucas B
    Groningen, The Netherlands9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see!
    In my opinion one of the best musea I’ve been to. Lots of info bout the ancient tech from Greece, very informative and friendly staff, and many hands-on exhibitions. Must see!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 16, 2023
  • Caroline P
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous museum. Fascinating exhibits,well displayed & interactive demos of inventions by ancient Greeks 4000 years ago
    Fabulous museum. Fascinating exhibits, well displayed, with interactive demonstrations of some of the amazing inventions of ancient Greeks 4000 years ago. Excellent descriptions of the inventions, with staff available to explain further. It is popular with local schools, and many of the descriptions and models can be tested by children (as well as adults like us!!). We didn't know about this museum before we went to Crete, and just happened to walk past it one evening, and decided to visit the next day. Along with Knossos (which is amazing), this little known (private, no state funding) museum turned out to be one of the highlights of our holiday. It is a hidden gem, well worth seeking out.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 19, 2023
  • sandgroper12391
    Perth, Australia305 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do for science fans, hands on exhibitions.
    This is a fascinating museum, not a large space but it's a labour of love from the owner who is a professor of mechanical engineering and totally amazing. Great for anyone with a science or engineering interest, seeing technology from over 2000 years ago that is the foundation of so many modern technology. Seeing a replica hoist to see how temples were lifted was amazing, as well as automatic door bell from 3rd BC...
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 9, 2023
  • Kate P
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best museum I have been to in Athens
    What an incredible museum! It is divided into Ancient Instruments, Ancient Technology and Ancient Armour, all for only €10 per person. To add even more value for money, one of the staff members was gathering small groups of visitors together to demonstrate how the models of the ancient technology worked. She spoke Greek and English and was very knowledgeable about all the items and inventors. The inventions had all been created based off ancient manuscripts and therefore we were able to touch and use them, which makes this place great for kids and adults alike. Loved this experience!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 20, 2023
  • Beth B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Refreshing addition to ancient sites visits
    This museum was fun and interesting on so many levels. After visiting all the typical ancient sites, taking a look at technology from the day was invigorating. The staff was very knowledgeable and made several exhibits interactive with us.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 24, 2023
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Alexander Karayannis
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Ever wondered where and when the world's first analogue computer came about or the first robot servant,or even where the very first security alarm system was invented,then the place to be is Athens,Greece and more specifically the relatively recently opened to the public(January 2018) museum of Ancient Greek Technology,which will explain all...Together with waaay ahead for their time surgical instruments,and an additional exhibit of musical instruments of some 2000 years ago,in very accurate,reliable, fully functioning reconstructions of all pieces mentioned,young and old are sure to be amazed and fascinated.A fantastic place to spend an hour or two in the busy, bustling city,with no shortage of attractions,for all tastes,ages,interests,and not just in the Summer,but all year round.
Written January 15, 2020
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Thank you for you kind words. We are glad you have enjoyed our Museum!
Written August 17, 2020
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Alex M
Toronto, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Very happy we went there. Exceeded our expectations. Not too big, but most of the artifacts are interactive. The young people working at the desk were very happy to guide us and explain the various artifacts. Going through this museum you realize how close the ancient Greeks came to discovering the steam engine and how close we were to having the industrial revolution two millennia before it actually happened.
Written July 23, 2020
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Thank you for you kind words. We are glad you have enjoyed our Museum!
Written August 17, 2020
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Bijil
Chichester, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Went to see this museum, upon the recommendation of a Walk tour guide, Sam. Wow, never expected it to be so good. Instead of the usual museum stuff like pictures and old replicas, they had working, interactive models, which left us a with a feeling of learned a lot about ancient Greek thinking and their awareness of physics, from 6th Century BC. Not just me, my family including children, loved it. The charges were very reasonable, which included the price of a knowledgeable, guide Dimitri- who explained every thing at our pace and souvenirs were of good quality. Overall, I would give must see, [although less publicised] item in Greece.
Written August 31, 2020
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Thank you very much for your review! We are glad you have enjoyed your visit at our Museum! Hope you have the chance to visit our Museum once again in the future!
Written September 4, 2020
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Lori
Hofheim am Taunus, Germany4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
This was so much fun! Learned a lot about how smart the ancient Greeks were. But for an unfortunate turn of events, we almost had the Industrial Revolution 2000 years earlier and not in England. Wow! Our your house Maria was charming and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this small museum, especially for people with children of all ages (wish we had brought our teenager).
Written October 24, 2021
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Thank you for your kind review! We are glad you have enjoyed your visit to our Museum!
Written October 29, 2021
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pmw44
Bath, UK76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We enjoyed our visit to the museum. It was quite small - the whole visit only took around two hours and we read all of the signage etc. The best bit was the demonstration of the Antikythera mechanism - we had seen the fragments on display in the archaeological museum but this helped us to really understand how it worked and how amazing it really was! Quite a lot of hands on displays for children and good videos providing further information about how various inventions worked. It was something interesting and different to do, after a week of visiting a lot of ancient sites and archaeological museums but tied in well with our understanding of ancient Greece. Just as a note - the prices on the website were less than we paid to visit all three of the exhibitions and there is also no longer a cafe on the site (although there is a good one just over the road). The timings didn't work for us but I think it would be worth taking the tour as the guides were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
Written April 15, 2023
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christosdimit2018
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Amazing museum that we could explore the ancient technologies. We spent very nice time with the family ( 2 teens 10&13) and the museum is very interactive. We highly recommend to book a guided tour to get the full experience from a well trained personnel. Thank you Christos
Written April 5, 2023
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Leo D
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Visited the one in Katakolon. Though online hours said they were closed that day, the curator said they open whenever a cruise ship docks. GO HERE!! I have been to many, many museums, but I have never been given such a fantastic tour. Unasked, the curator offered to demonstrate the many fascinating replicas of ancient inventions. Though it is a small museum, each exhibit is absorbing. The shop is tiny, but you can buy miniature replicas of the inventions and games. This was an unexpected find and a highlight of my vacation. Admission is FREE, but I recommend making a donation to this educational little corner of this port. Note: It is walking distance from the cruise dock, so no taxi necessary!!
Written August 12, 2023
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Megan20142014
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Once you've had a walk around some of the ancient sites in Athens, then take a trip to this museum. It will answer your questions such as "How did they get those large stones all the way up there?" and "Just how advanced were these ancient Greeks?" There are some astounding working models to be seen here - the first robot, the first door alarm, systems for moving tons of stone, instruments that predicted eclipse timings etc. There is also an musical instrument exhibition including the first organ, you can also play some of the instruments. Very helpful staff to show you around and the chance to wander yourself. It's not the biggest museum, but we spent quite a long time there as it was so interesting and there's just so much to take in.
Written June 4, 2021
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Thank you for your kind words! We are glad you have enjoyed your visit at our Museum!
Written June 7, 2021
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TrailBlazer562978
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Surprisingly for a non-technological person, this is the best museum I visited in Athens. All the ruins had made me curious: How did the ancient Greeks build such beautiful structures as the Parthenon and the theatre at Epidaurus? This new (2 years old) hands on museum explains so much, putting the architectural achievements in a context of rational thinking and experiment that lasted many centuries and produced such clever gadgets as a coin-operated vending machine and a house alarm with a whistling bird, a robotic drinks waiter, long-distance warning systems, navigation and astronomical instruments. The museum with its many models is a joy to young and old. It has guides keen to talk both to school groups and to solo visitors in Greek or English.
Written February 1, 2020
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Thank you for you kind words. We are glad you have enjoyed our Museum!
Written August 17, 2020
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Rosa Maria R
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
A total MUST in Athens. Anyone interested in robotics, automates, application of simple laws such as gravity, communicating vessels, winch-mediated weight lifting, and patents in the ancient multicultural Greek world needs to see this museum (best with a museum guide!). I will awe you for hours! Discovering Philon's servant or seeing the Antikythera mechanism in place felt like being in a hyper-technological space that sadly got lost and forgotten in time. We need more of these physical laws into patents now more than ever!
Written February 20, 2022
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Thank you for your great review and your kind words about our Museum of Ancient Greek Technology and the reconstructed inventions of the ancient time. Hope you have the chance to visit our Museum once again in the future!
Written February 21, 2022
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