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National History Museum (Old Parliament)

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National History Museum (Old Parliament)

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permia wrote a review Jun 2020
Ireland36,348 contributions1,559 helpful votes
In a beautiful building steeped in history, an absorbing collection of artefacts and memorabilia documents the country's history from the beginning of Ottoman occupation to WW II. In front is a fabulous equestrian sculpture in bronze of General Theodoros Kolokotronis, famous for his endeavours during the War of Independence. A highlight within is the gorgeous Great Central Hall where the National Assembly sat. Nowadays conferences are hosted here In the museum much emphasis is focussed on the revolutionary era spanning decades. Paintings portray key events and battles. Lord Byron one of the most famous and influential Hellenophiles is shown as both youthful and in adulthood. Exodus of Messolonghi shows the heroic event of 1826 that is commemorated annually just before Easter. Upstairs is an interesting exhibition covering landmark buildings of the city, from classical times onwards.
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Date of experience: March 2020
MikeMidd2001 wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom99 contributions10 helpful votes
Perhaps I was just on museum overload after a couple days in Athens or had different expectations, but the National History Museum felt average at best to me. There is a logical flow to the exhibits but the materials felt heavily focused on military history and didn't give me much of a feel for economic, cultural and social life in Greece. Lots of paintings of military and political leaders, military paraphernalia, etc., as opposed to information about the lives of Greek people or how society has evolved. And while this is definitely not ancient history, it felt like there was little information from after the 19th century. The upper floor is a children's exhibit currently. It's a break from ancient artifacts but I'd pick other things over this.
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Date of experience: February 2020
ValEqHK wrote a review Jan 2020
York, United Kingdom179 contributions95 helpful votes
What a lovely museum. All staff members were friendly and welcoming. (Such a contrast to the unfriendly archeological museum in Piraeus). The exhibits were well organized and there was a well ordered progression from room to room with good overall introductions at the entrance to each room. One thing which could help with understanding everything would be well placed maps with the different parts/cities of Greece linked to the exhibits. For foreigners especially this would be very useful. Well worth the €1.50 entrance we paid as senior citizens.
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Date of experience: January 2020
sofiat3 wrote a review Jan 2020
14 contributions5 helpful votes
We have visited museum with 3 children the 5th January! Great guided tour and very inspiring exhibition with playmobil artworks reprented with every detail the history of 1821! Thank you all!
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Date of experience: January 2020
Fotini_GR4EVER wrote a review Aug 2019
Athens, Greece44 contributions3 helpful votes
Althought I've been passing by thousands of times in the past, I only decided to visit it a few days ago and realized what I was missing! The museum, althought not greatly organized, meaning you can't actually learn/follow history, exhibits absolutely amazing stuff!!! It was really touching to have the chance to see personal belongings of important greek heroes such as Kolokotronis, Kanaris, Makrigiannis, Melas and so many others or to have in front of your eyes the original first constitution of free Greece! The paintings. the parliament room and the building itself worth the visit as well. It is a few meters away from bus and metro station. Don't take your car, it is really hard to park and police is constantly walking around. Afterwards, enjoy your coffee at always pleasant and calm Karitsi Sq or head to Syntagma Sq and the rest of downtown Athens. Also have in mind it closed early, at 2-2.30 am
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Date of experience: August 2019
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