National History Museum (Old Parliament)

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National History Museum (Old Parliament)

National History Museum (Old Parliament)
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9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Mike X
Chicago, IL1,885 contributions
Couples
Seems to be a really overlooked museum. This museum picks up where the archaeology museum leaves off. Goes from Byzantine, to Ottoman and through WWII. The entire second floor is focused on the events leading up to and subsequently following the uprising of 1821. I think it's worth it if you have the interest. Takes about 1.5 hours.
Written May 27, 2021
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permia
Ireland37,801 contributions
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.
Written June 28, 2020
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ValEqHK
York, UK207 contributions
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.
Written January 21, 2020
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Maksym K
Athens, Greece5 contributions
Very good museum, it has more of the modern history (~1500-1930’s) and very cool to see and old stuff is cool and the new stuff also. The best things were the paintings and weapons. The parliament was beautiful, so were the outfits. Both Greek and Ottoman representation with the flags, weapons, and battles.
Written August 2, 2022
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Eva A
Paris, France50 contributions
Family
This is a wonderful chance to visit a museum out of the written path!!! This is not a crowded place full of tourists. You will find it behind the exceptional and glorious statue of Theodore Kolokotronis, the national hero of the Greek Revolution 1821, a personality worth spending some time to read about. Anyway, the museum lies in the architectural gem of the Greek Old Parliament which is situated in a beautiful spot surrounded with pines and palm trees and four or five beautiful cafes and restaurants which I will describe later.

Inside the historical museum you will find art objects, weapons, important greek and european paintings from the ancient times up to the 20th century. What is important is that you can experience historical artifacts and documents of the middle ages, the franco - byzantine and venetian period, as well as the modern history of Greece.
Across the street we found beautiful antique shops and we actually did buy exceptional quality antiques from Tsantilis Antiques Store, in Omirou street. This store is one of the oldest antique shops in Athens, with authentic works of art, the owner was very helpful and with deep knowledge of history and art, he kindly gave us information about many unknown places to visit in Athens.
We ended up across the street, inside the shopping arcade, to Kentrikon Restaurant,one of the oldest restaurants in Athens where we did experience wonderful and quality greek cuisine. This is a place where local Athenians eat lunch. Try fish soup, chicken with greek spaggeti and tomato sauce, and finish with fresh fruits and creme caramel. If you want to continue your walk, grab a cappuccino from the store exactly beside Kentrikon restaurant. It was one of the best I have ever had.
Written December 28, 2014
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baklavaqueen
Ellsworth, ME198 contributions
Friends
The National Historical Museum is not far from Syntigma Square in Athens. Just ask for directions and plan to spend a good hour touting this museum. As a Greek-American I felt such pride in my heritage. The brochure characterizes itself as "The permanent exhibition of the National Historical Museum(NHM) consists of typical national relics. Displayed in chronological order , they illustrate the historical evolution of the Greek nation from the Fall of Constantinople in 1453 to WW2."
This museum is the old Parliament building of Athens. When you walk into the museum grab a guide to the various corridors and specific rooms.My favorite room was #4 and Corridor 8 "Philhellenes and which displayed the War of Independence 1821-1827. As some of you may know, the famous English poet, George Gordon, Lord Byron participated in helping these Greeks win this war. There is also portraits of the famous fighter, Kolokotronis. There are statues of Kolokotonis in Athens outside of this museum as well as Pireaus. There are Greek costumes throughout the museum. You will find an abundance of Greek flags, sculptures, medals, maps and fantastic paintings. This museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 9 to 2. Sunday is free admission. Don't miss this great historical museum. It will nicely tie everything together in your knowledge of Greece.
Written July 23, 2014
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Tanya D
Mumbai, India273 contributions
Solo
If you’re not accustomed to recent Greek history, this museum does a good job explaining it. You have artefacts from world war 1 & 2 and the museum houses typical Greek dresses, artillery, uniforms and even an old parliament setup. It’s a small museum so won’t take up more that 90 mins of your time!
Written October 19, 2017
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InfoseekUK
UK178 contributions
Solo
This museum closes early about 3pm, so I went on my last day prior to heading to the airport. Entry was about 3 Euro's so cheap and I was given a leaflet to read and also a locker to put my bag. It's an interesting small museum but needs more English or an audio guide for people who can't read Greek, at least then we would know what you are looking at.
Written October 19, 2014
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cmdpc
Paris145 contributions
Couples
If you are potteried/marbled out by the Acropolis or the National Archeological museums, you can come and visit this much smaller one that focuses on the more recent history of Greece (from the fall of Constantinople (1453) to the second world war).

Through the exhibition of relics, works of art, weapons, personal items, costumes, maps etc, the visitor can follow the life and the developments of the nation during the Ottoman and Latin rule of Greek lands, the Greek War of Independence of 1821, the formation of the young Hellenic state, its growth, the Balkan wars, the Asia Minor war and the beginnings of World War Two, with the clash of Greece with Italy.
Also, are presented ethnographic views of Greek society, through the rich costume, jewelry and household items collection of the Museum.

The NHM permanent exhibition follows a path in the rooms surrounding the central meeting hall of the Old Parliament Building.

PS: It is free on sunday.
Written October 28, 2013
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nbinoss
Athens, Greece72 contributions
Very nice building in a beautiful situation! It is worth visiting not only for the excibits but also for its interior architecture and design!!
Written September 16, 2012
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