Thermopylae Museum
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Sofia
14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
What an utter waste of time and money, though given the rest of the Thermopyles/Thermopylae sites I shouldn't have been surprised. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING worth paying the price of admission for. Do not waste your money.

You would be better of doing some prior reading before coming to the site as you won't find anything to present this hugely important battle site to the visitor.
Like everything else here, badly presented / managed / implemented.

The cafe is souless, though taking time on a hot day for a freddo espresso we did see a hoopoe out of the back window over the marshy ground/electricity pylons, and that was the highlight of my visit.

The toilets weren't really clean, and could certainly do with more regular inspection. Clearly some visitors hadn't really got the hang of the toilet paper in the bins thing, and just dropped it on the floor (ewwwww).
However, there was plenty of hot water and soap, and the air hand dryers worked well.

There was nothing to take away from this place except bad memories of what should have been an well presented, informative, and interesting visit. I didn't bother to take any photos of the museum/cafe. Why would I?
Thermopyles battle site and museum is very much a missed opportunity on the part of the Greek authorities I feel.
Written July 2, 2023
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WB M
Birmingham, UK2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Nothing to it. 3 euro entrance to a modern looking building with cafe and toilets and big car park. But nothing inside except a 3D short video. The interactive displays no longer exist and instead there is random contemporary art. What a waste of an opportunity to have an excellent museum at a fascinating area of an iconic battle…
Written September 8, 2023
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libtek
England128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013
We were shown this museum by our guide on a trip to Delphi. I had requested we stop off at Thermopylae as we'd seen the film 300. I was only expecting a short stop to photograph the memorial, but discovered the museum. It was actually opened a couple of years but until recently there has been no money to keep it open.
It's only 3€ to get in and included in the price are a short film about the battle and a rather good 3D short video explaining the tactics and weapons used. There are also 4 (soon to be 8) big touch screen displays giving you further information. There are plans to expand Into VR and develop interactive displays for visitors to use. We spent an hour and a half there and had a great time. There is a large car park and the staff are very friendly. If you're out that way it's recommended.
Written September 21, 2013
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Michael O
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
I Enjoyed this visit very much.
The 3D film they show you is helpful and also palatable for the whole family to get the gist of the battle and strategy involved.
Visiting the site itself is also very interesting, in spite of the fact that the landscape has changed significantly over the last 2500 years. But it was not very difficult to imagine the water being next to the mountain, where it used to be.
It was great to at least stand in the same area where the battle took place and also climb the adjacent hill where the Spartans made their last stand and died valiantly.
It’s analogous to the battlefield of Gettysburg, where there also isn’t too much to see on the field itself, yet the history of the site is enough to appreciate the area.
For me Thermopylae was definitely worth the out of the way trip from Athens. And yes, I also hit the visitor center gift shop to get my Leonidas action figure and the T Shirt with his famous quotation of “Molon Lave”! (Greek for “Come and get them” which he said when the Persians asked for the Spartans weapons/surrender)

I especially recommend this site for any history fan or for those with a military background. Otherwise, it may or may not be an interesting addition. The whole site and visitor center took about 90 minutes or so. Probably less if you’re not especially interested in it.
Written March 25, 2018
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DStahre
Cahokia, IL203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
We were greeted by two very nice museum personnel who were proud to show their facility. We saw a very short introductory clip that explained what we were going to shown and the background on the facility. We next saw a 3-d movie about the battle. Next we were taken to a room with large interactive displays that dealt with what lead up to the battle, the forces, tactics, and aftermath. They also explained the parallel naval engagements that were occurring. We had minor difficulty with a couple of the touch screens. The attendants took note, thanked us and assured us that their technicians would check them out.

The facility is new, clean and has expansion plans (additional interactive kiosks)
Written September 20, 2014
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James A
Charlottesville, VA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Solo
Stranger passing by,

As a child I read of the courageous Spartans, Thespians and Greeks at the Battle of Thermopylae! It is a thrilling story and I decided I needed to visit. More than 50 years later I finally got the opportunity. It was worth the wait!

I first climbed Kolonos Hill to see the Plaque with the famous epitaph, "....Go tell the Spartans...." As I descended to walk the battlefield, a guide suddenly appeared. She walked with me across the field, showing me where to traverse the hot spring creek and showing me the bright red early spring flowers that covered the ground like ancient blood. We walked to where the brave Persian solders began their assault, and then she walked me back again. She patiently waited while I took pictures and tried to determine based on ground levels and logic where the phokian wall would have been. We lingered for quite awhile as I tried to absorb everything around me. After all these years I didn't want to miss any of the experience. Then she guided me safely across the highway, but as I glanced back to the hill for a moment, she disappeared!

Ask the people at the museum about her. She has been seen by them too.

The museum was a Wonderful surprise! They were terrific! I'm so pleased Greece has put in those resources.

Thank You!
JCA
Written April 27, 2014
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David L
Melbourne, Australia199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
as a tribute to a small group of Spartans and others who held againt massive forces trying to invade Greece The centre is modest priced admission includes a interactive display and theatre a small cafe with good coffe is near the entrance plenty of free parking outside friendly informative staff Building is air conditioned on a hot day. This is well worth a stop allow about one hour also check the statue on the entrace road from the highway
Written October 26, 2019
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Demetrios K
Piraeus, Greece60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016
The Center for Historic Information in Thermopylae located on the right of the monument of Leonidas, presents with multimedia the history of the Persian invations in ancient Greece. There is a Parking available and the center works:
Winter Hours: weekdays: 8:00-17:00 and weekends: 09:00-17:00, Summer Hours: weekdays: 8:00-19:00 and weekends: 10:00-18:00
Phone: 22310- 93054
There is a fee that costs:
Greeks: 1€ | Foreigners : 3€ | Disabled, Students, Free Entrance
Written January 19, 2017
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crm1951
Baltimore, MD7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
Not much of a museum, and not worth the price of admission. There are no artifacts, and not much explanation beyond an introductory movie and four interactive tables. OTOH, the staff was very nice.
Written October 11, 2016
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Ioannis S
Lamia, Greece13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
A very modern and interactive museam.I want to come again and have this experience. You have the chance to learn almost the most history by movies and 3D videos, very smart way of learning.

Additionally the museam is very cheap with coffee shop and a small shop
Written July 19, 2015
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