History Museums in Athens

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History Museums in Athens

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  • Peter H
    London, UK880 contributions
    100% must do when in Athens, a lot of history. Easy to find. The price is worth it. One of the best museums I've been to,
    Written May 21, 2022
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  • Alessio0575
    Monza, Italy144 contributions
    Beautiful museum!! there is an amazing collection of finds since the 3rd millennium b.c. with a good explanation of the evolution of the Greek culture. There are also some amazing pieces from Egypt. not to be missed the Kore statues and the bronzes pieces and the collection of clay-made vases.
    Overall this is one of the most complete archaeological museums i've ever seen, hence it should be an essential stop for a complete visit of Athens and the comprehension of the local culture.
    Written April 21, 2022
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  • Matt C
    Sydney, Australia6 contributions
    A unique and interesting museum that is surprisingly large. The museum has a huge collection from the Byzantine and later periods.
    Written May 20, 2022
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  • Magda M
    5 contributions
    Excellent museum very informative and very kind people working there! There were a lot of information, items, and army vehicles from different wars.
    Written May 18, 2022
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  • Harald Gracholski
    Cologne, Germany6,802 contributions
    The Ancient Agora and its museum really are places that any other city would like to boast of having (except maybe Rome), but the competition in Athens is tough. With so many landmarks to visit I wouldn't necessarily call it a must see sight, without wanting to take anything away from it. Beautiful ancient sculptures and artifacts decorate this museum and the grounds of the Agora itself is also worth a visit!
    Written March 28, 2022
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  • Lisa F
    Hartford, CT97 contributions
    Behind an unassuming door lies one of the most interesting museums that I have ever visited! The history of the Jews of Greece dates from the fourth century BC up to the present day, with important chapters related to the inquisition and to the Holocaust. The building of this museum is interestingly arranged with fascinating artifacts and stories. I am grateful that most of the signs were in English as well as Greek. And the small gift shop has lovely and reasonable jewelry as well as books and CDs related to the Jews of Greece.

    Before the Holocaust, Sephardic Jews speaking Ladino, and smaller groups of Helenite and Ashkenazi Jews were scattered in robust communities throughout the country. A visit to this museum inspired me to visit Jewish monuments and museums in Ioannina and Thessaloniki.

    Fascinating!
    Written March 11, 2022
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  • Mike X
    Chicago, IL1,870 contributions
    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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  • leileireid
    London, UK445 contributions
    My friend wanted to visit the coin collection so I tagged along - if you aren’t in to coins (FYI the collection is amazing) it is worth paying the entry fee just to walk around the floors and look at the room decorations which are amazing.

    If you like coins then this museum is coin heaven.

    If you are a fan of sports and the Olympics then define you visit as they have the original modern Olympic Games medals on display.

    If you aren’t interested in any of the above there is a very nice cafe around the back.

    There was a staff member in every room who where all friendly and lovely. The only down side was that the gift shop was closed.
    Written October 1, 2021
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  • permia
    Ireland37,621 contributions
    It’s well worth the time spent with this interesting chronicle of Greek education, focussing on the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Passing along a pleasant courtyard with seating and tables, the displays are housed in a fine building from the mid-19th century.

    Chronicling the transition from an education dominated by the church to a more state overseen system is well covered.

    Classrooms with desks, blackboard and learning paraphernalia are evocative. An exhibit in miniature of a school with all its detail is very well composed.

    Many books and volumes, in a number of languages, are shown. Illustrating once again the broad sweep of learning.
    Written April 18, 2020
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  • Mina Stol
    Berlin, Germany21 contributions
    An average museum. It would be great to have more information in english, partly there were only greek descriptions. The staff was not very friendly and barely spoke with us, not even answering to questions. It‘s okay to visit on a rainy day but nothing more.
    Written January 7, 2020
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  • permia
    Ireland37,621 contributions
    After the upheavals of the long struggle for independence, an important goal of the new Greek state was the implementation of modern educational institutions. Here documents marvellously the nascent university component of this objective.

    At this fine Kleanthous House the first university sat for about four years, from 1837. With just four faculties, but effectively more disciplines given that one, Philosophy, in those days incorporated mathematics and physics.

    A broad collection of documents, and artefacts comprising pharmaceutical, medical and scientific items are on display. Photographs of early students, well attended lectures and academic staff are to be seen.

    The 150th anniversary was celebrated in 1985 and the well-wishing from American universities like Cornell and Temple are proudly exhibited.
    Written March 22, 2020
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  • CBR
    139 contributions
    The house is what it says. It is cheap to visit and you can appreciate a bit of social history. The building is in good condition. A bit more on the background history would be useful. The museum of musical instruments is nearby.
    Written June 11, 2019
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  • konstantinosorfeask
    ATHENS, Greece30 contributions
    Not very familiar to public! This residence hosted Office and Home (appr.400m2) of one of Athens' best well known couples : Dr Psyciatrist Aggelos Katakouzinos and his wife Lito, celebrity and cultural muse of the 1930s. Many Nobelists, Writers, Artists, Authors and celebrities of the 1930s - 1980s were invited here. Photos, pictures and several items decorate this wonderful historical establishment, just opposite the Greek Parliament, on the 5th floor of this 1960 block of flats.
    Written November 23, 2019
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  • El Gran Critico
    Madrid, Spain180 contributions
    I’m going to go against the other reviews (please see my profile if you have doubts). I went with my kids and my daughter (10y) loved it. It’s one floor, 30 minutes, but it’s actually a lot of fun. If you’re in the area with kids I would go. Even my difficult teenage son enjoyed it (he insists he’s not difficult).
    Written July 28, 2020
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  • Perry B
    Hong Kong, China2,334 contributions
    I passed this archive on my pedestrian travels around the City and was intrigued enough to enter. It is worth a visit. There was a great deal of fascinating material as well as detailed papers lodged therein.
    Written April 29, 2019
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